At A Mother’s Haven, our mission is to provide expectant and new parents a nurturing and welcoming environment where they can receive the education, support and products they need to begin the most rewarding experience of their lives. Our prenatal classes and instructors support families through the birthing process and teach parents how to care for their baby and keeFp them safe. After baby, our Mothers’ Gathering (Mommy & Me) and Daddy & Me instructors guide Moms and Dads through their new journey into becoming a family and provide a wonderful chance to bond with other parents experiencing similar successes and challenges. Our music and baby sign language classes stimulate baby’s cognitive and physical development and give them a great head start. Our 2,500 square foot boutique has a variety of hand select items catering to Mom, Dad and Baby’s needs.
A Mother’s Haven has been a one stop destination for expectant and new parents in the San Fernando Valley since 2002. The 2,500 square foot boutique has a variety of Mom, Dad and Baby necessities including Medela pumps and pumping supplies, nursing bras, car seats, clothing, toys, books, diapers, diaper accessories and so much more! The educational center provides private and intimate classes for families before baby to toddler age.
Danielle Vorzimer, Psy.D. has been leading Mother’s Gathering groups at A Mother’s Haven since 2011. She earned her Master’s and Doctorate in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University, and currently works part-time as a psychotherapist in a private practice setting. Danielle’s clinical work began in 2006, and she has since counseled adults and children of all ages, including individuals and families at the Child Development Institute in Woodland Hills, The Help Group in Sherman Oaks, and The Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills. Danielle has received training in Mindful Parenting groups, and has a special interest in Mindful Parenting philosophies. She also has experience researching and writing about parent-child interactions in the field of third party reproduction, and has professional experience with surrogacy and egg donation. Danielle is married with two young children, three older step-children, and a dog. When she’s not with her family or working, her favorite activities are practicing yoga and spending time outdoors. Danielle is excited and honored to be working with mommies and their little ones at A Mother’s Haven. Not only does she adore being surrounded by precious babes, but she is genuinely grateful to be able to support the miraculous transformations of growing families.
Jaquelin Levin-Zabare is a Certified Birth Doula, Childbirth Educator and Prenatal Yoga Instructor as well as a VitalDanza facilitator. Her passion for pregnancy and birth was sparked by her own experiences with both of her children. She was fortunate to have been guided and supported by amazing care providers and educators resulting in two very positive and empowering birth experiences. This inspired her to hold space in supporting pregnant women and their partners. Having worked for many years as a somatic educator (VitalDanza) helping people to become embodied, aware and integrated in their lives through movement ,massage and yoga it was inevitable that this passion should carry through into birth work.
Jaquelin has been teaching PreNatal Yoga at A Mother’s Haven for four years. Her interests include VitalDanza, Yoga, Nature, the Arts, gardening and travel. She lives in Sherman Oaks with her husband and two children.
Jenny Podell is a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in the evaluation and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders in children, adolescents, and young adults. She specializes in individual and family cognitive-behavioral therapy as well as parent training. She has been trained by world-renowned experts in the field of anxiety and CBT.
Jenny received her B.A. from UC Berkeley and her PhD from Temple University. She completed her fellowship at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. Jenny has a private practice in Encino and she leads Mothers’ Gatherings.
Jenny is also the mother of a 2.5 year old and has another baby on the way.
Lauren Ryan is a childbirth educator, labor doula and infant care specialist. She teaches Supported Birth childbirth education classes and Caring for Your Newborn classes at A Mother’s Haven. She also has run a pregnancy support group called Tummy Talk. Lauren got certified to be a Supported Birth childbirth educator (CSBE) in 2003 and got certified as a Supported Birth doula (CSBD) in 2006. In 2014 Lauren partnered up with Elizabeth Bedolla from Doula by Willow Baby. By joining together in doula work it means clients get double the expertise and have a well-rested doula to assist at births. In addition to teaching group and private classes, Lauren has been working on a newborn care e-book. It will be full of pictures and how-to videos, which will make understanding what it means to take care of a newborn much easier. Lauren lives in Tarzana with her husband and daughter. Her daughter was born in 2000 at West Hills Hospital and is a first generation Valley Girl. Lauren likes to read, cook, organize, ride her bike, swim and go to amusement parks. October is her favorite month because of her birthday and the best holiday, Halloween. Lauren loves working at A Mother’s Haven because she gets to meet all different types of parents-to-be and knows how important it is for them to go into parenthood feeling relaxed and confident.
Laurie Finberg, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in the treatment of anxiety and depression with cognitive behavioral therapy. Laurie’s clinical passions include working with women in major life transitions (weddings, marriage, birth, motherhood) and the treatment of postpartum depression and anxiety. She holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University and a B.S. in Communications from the University of Florida.
After being a new mom herself and participating in Mommy & Me groups around town, Laurie discovered a real need for deeper processing and support during this intense, emotional time in a woman’s life. Out of this, Laurie created and began running the New Moms Process Group at A Mother’s Haven. She also facilitates the Postpartum Depression Group and Expectant Mothers Group. For mothers and couples in need of more personalized care, Laurie is available for individual psychotherapy sessions at A Mother’s Haven.
Laurie lives in Sherman Oaks with her husband and one year-old son.
Richard Pass, RN, BS is the Program & Course Director for Save A Little Life. His experience includes many years as a clinical practitioner in critical care areas, including many years in large emergency departments. He has been a basic and advanced CPR instructor for about 25 years.
Save A Little Life began when Richard decided it was time to take a simple, yet quality educational program into the community. His affiliation with the American Heart Association and continued focus on the latest CPR related science makes the Save A Little Life course a most current and modern approach to these life-saving skills.
Richard has served as a clinical instructor of nursing at California State University Northridge since 2008.
Synthia Praglin, M.A., J.D. has been leading Mother’s Gathering Groups at A Mother’s Haven since it’s inception 13 years ago. As the first instructor at AMH, Synthia helped build the Mother’s Gathering program to the strong focus that it is today. Prior to facilitating parenting groups, Synthia led workshops on child abuse for attorneys and judges and supervised volunteers assigned to advocate for children removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect in a Court Appointed Special Advocates Program at the Los Angeles Dependency Court. Synthia’s background in child development, and her own experience in a baby group with her son led her back to her original passion – working with children and families. Her strong belief in there being no “right way,” has fueled her passion to empower parents to find the best fit for them and their families. In addition to providing tools for your parenting “tool box” Synthia’s goal is to help you develop confidence in your parenting skills and choices. Synthia is also a Certified Infant Massage Instructor and a Certified Parent Educator through the International Network of Children and Families. She currently teaches both the first and second time moms groups, working moms group and has offered workshops on Sleep, Infant Massage and Toddlers. Synthia is married and has a teenage son, who everyday teaches her the meaning of love. She is also mom to 2 dogs and a cat. Her other passions include cooking, yoga, and traveling. Synthia is thrilled to see how the Mother’s Gathering program has grown, and continues to be inspired by the moms she meets and is grateful to be a part of their journey.
Taryn Rioseco, DONA ICEA feels honored to be part of the AMH community and treasures her Mothers’ Gathering classes. Taryn is first and foremost a mama of 2 little loves – Eden, 5 and Bodhi, 2. She is a DONA trained Birth Doula, ICEA trained Childbirth Educator and Music Together certified Teacher/Director. In her ‘former life’ Taryn was a Producer and Marketing Coordinator for GFour Productions, an east coast based professional theatre production company. But, after the birth of her eldest in 2009 she had a career/passion shift and has made it a focus in her life to support mamas and new families through pregnancy, birth and the early childhood years. She currently teaches mixed age Music Together family classes in the Valley; facilitates Mothers’ Gatherings (new mom support/education groups) at A Mothers’ Haven; and leads Toddler Classes at BINI Birth and private homes in the L.A. area. She is a former co-leader of the San Fernando Valley chapter of Holistic Moms’ Network (a national nonprofit). Taryn is currently in training to become a Certified Instructor for Hand In Hand Parenting. She lives in Toluca Lake with her husband Eddy and their 2 precious children.
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