Circle – Drop-in groups for parents

Circles are supportive groups facilitated by professionals with expertise in family relationships and child development. These groups offer parents the opportunity to share their joys and challenges with one another in a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere. In Circles, parents make meaningful connections, learn and grow together, and receive the support that they need to offer the best of themselves to their children.

Children ages 0-3 years are more than welcome to attend circle with their parent.

Current Circles include:

Baby-Toddler Circle – Weekly groups for parents with babies up to 3 years old.

When: Fridays 10:30 am – 11:45 am, and Saturdays 9:00 am – 10:15 am (starting 11/5/16)
Where: 1815 S. Clinton Ave., Suite 630, Rochester, NY 14618

Space generously donated by Emily Krohn, LCSW-R and Dr. Miri Arie/Social Endeavors.

Out of the Blue – A peer support group for moms experiencing challenges in the prenatal and postpartum period. Whether you are going through stress, adjustment to parenting, Baby Blues, pregnancy or postpartum depression or anxiety, this Circle offers a supportive place to connect with other moms who are also managing the same issues.

Out Of The Blue is facilitated by Dianne Cassidy, MA, IBCLC and Alexa Weeks, LMSW. Dianne is a Lactation Consultant and childbirth/health educator with over 10 years of experience. She has 3 biological children and 3 step children, and offers her personal wisdom, a gentle ear and listening presence to this peer support group. Alexa is a licensed social worker who specializes in prenatal, postpartum and parenting issues. Alexa has particular expertise working with women and men experiencing depression, anxiety, insomnia, miscarriage/infant loss, birth trauma and/or attachment difficulties after a birth.Alexa is also a birth doula and lactation counselor. Please note that this group is non-clinical in nature. We will offer peer support and cannot give professional advice, diagnose, prescribe, or in any way treat Postpartum Mood Disorders.

When: The 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, 12:00 pm -1:30 PM (see our Facebook page for dates)
Where: Irondequoit Child and Family Wellness Group
809 East Ridge Road, Rochester, NY 14621

Nurture – A home-based peer support program for families with new babies

Parenting Village honors the energy required to bring a child into the world, and we seek to nurture the parents who undertake this vital responsibility. Nurture is a Parenting Village program that helps create positive experiences for families with a new baby in their homes. We know that the time after a baby’s birth can be intense for families. Mothers in particular may feel exhausted, drained, or isolated during this period. They may be faced with recovering from the physical difficulty of birth, hormonal changes, and lack of sleep, or other challenges during those early weeks and months.

Nurture volunteers visit families in their homes and offer a steady and supportive presence through the joys and challenges of the first weeks and months of a baby’s life.

Connection – Activities and meet-ups for families

Parenting Village offers regular social gatherings and opportunities to make lasting connections with other families, as well as the chance to learn about and experience the many family related activities that our area has to offer. Recent and upcoming gatherings include Dads + Kids hikes, family potlucks, and meet-ups at family-friendly locations.

Collaboration – Community-wide events and services

Parenting Village is dedicated to working with existing resources to offer innovative programming that pulls from our community’s collective genius. Our flagship Collaboration event is our annual Summer Bash. The Summer Bash is a family festival where parents and children gather together and partake in hands-on activities and classes while they learn about the many wonderful family related businesses and services that our community has to offer. Our last Summer Bash hosted over 50 local organizations and businesses that worked alongside Parenting Village to create a fun-filled event offering joy, laughter, insight, and crucial information.

Parenting Village is also currently forming a Postpartum Wellness Coalition. The goal of this multi-agency initiative is to increase community awareness and identification of Prenatal and Postpartum Mood Disorders, and to enhance service coordination, outreach, and education related to Postpartum Depression, Anxiety, and other related Mood Disorders.

For more information about this year’s Summer Bash or other newly established Collaborations, please check our Facebook page.