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Postpartum Resources For New Moms

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Elizabeth C
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You have a newborn…now what?! Pregnancy and preparing for birth can be so all-consuming that many parents come home from the hospital, swaddle their little one, and look at each other with equal parts helplessness, curiosity, excitement, and fear. As the days unfold, many parents find themselves in need of an expert opinion, the advice of someone who has “been there, done that”, or just a listening ear. Here are our go-to resources for new parents in the city.
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Lactation Consultants
Most experts say nursing shouldn’t hurt and, for the most part, they’re right. There’s no reason women shouldn't know how to nurse and hospitals are often too busy to provide more than a cursory overview. Here are some experts who can work wonders for your sore body and hungry newborn!

Ayelet Kaznelson offers home and office visits and also leads breastfeeding clinics. One mom we know saw her at 7 am on a Sunday and remains grateful for her tender care, several years later.

Beverly Solow also offers home visits and is somewhat of a hero among the mothers of the Upper Breast Side and elsewhere for her work with small mom support groups.
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Mental Health
The “baby blues” are real and if you’re a mom who has an above-average case of them, consider reaching out to one of these great support networks.
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The Seleni Institute offers individual therapy sessions for women struggling with depression, anxiety, life transitions, and a host of other challenges. They also offer new mom support groups and various workshops for new parents.
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Dr. Kelly Brogan is a psychiatrist focused on many areas of women’s health and sees many postpartum women while the Postpartum Resource Center is also a good source for moms during this time.

Mommybites, the Prenatal Yoga Center, and Big City Moms also host new mom support groups throughout the city, helping mothers feel less isolated during the fog of early parenthood.
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Postpartum Doulas
Labor and postpartum doulas are a resource growing in popularity in New York City. Postpartum doulas provide gentle, practical help to mothers, their newborns, and their families and can help parents transition into parenthood while also helping with chores and other practical needs. While a baby nurse focuses almost exclusively on the newborn, postpartum doulas take a more holistic approach.

The NYC Doula Collective provides an extensive list of postpartum doulas with varying levels of experience as does the downtown Birth Day Presence while sites like Doula Match provide searchable listings.
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Postpartum Fitness
Just because the baby is out doesn’t mean a mom’s body bounces back. In a city that has everything, of course there is an array of experts ready to help you regain your strength.
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Julie Tupler is the queen of diastasis rehab and can help you regain the flat stomach you once had. Fit4Moms will lead you and baby through squats and lunges in Central Park and Physique 57's postnatal classes will give your core a killer workout.
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Moms suffering from aches and pains might find relief from a postpartum massage at Maternal Massage & More while Renew Physical Therapy specializes in working with women and their unique needs. If alternative medicine is your jam, check out the tender hands at downtown’s Yinova Center for acupuncture, massage, and naturopathic healing.
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Many New York mothers see mom of three and avid athlete Lauren Antonucci of Nutrition Energy to get their diets back on track and to avoid the all-carbs, all-the-time diet that afflicts many new moms.
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