seminars

In our continuing effort here at A Mother’s Haven Education Center & Baby Boutique to provide our families with useful and helpful educational opportunities, we offer various seminars on topics related to pregnancy and parenting. A Mother’s Haven Seminars are one-time, in-depth sessions as opposed to our ongoing class series. Learn more about each workshop at the link below:


Adoption Workshop

Adoption Workshops
A 4-week series of workshops for parents considering adoption as a way to grow their family. Attendees will be offered a place to discuss their concerns and feelings among a supportive group who understands. Presented by an adoptive mother and Marriage and Family Therapist.

Affording Adoption and Passing the Homestudy (June 6th)
In this workshop, I’ll address concerns about the high cost of adoption by offering ways to make it more affordable. I will review the foster to adopt the system as a low-cost alternative to private adoption. For those who want to pursue private adoption, I’ll present information about the average cost of adopting a newborn through an adoption agency or an adoption attorney. I’ll provide information about non-profits that offer adoption grants and a partial list of companies that offer adoption loans to their employees. I’ll explain how adoption tax credits work and show how others have held fundraisers to help fund their adoption.

I’ll also review every component of an adoption home study in California, including how much information is collected about current and former mental health problems and what it’s like to be interviewed by social workers. I’ll address concerns about how much information parents need to reveal about tax returns, credit card statements, driving records, and any brushes with the law. I’ll recount the process of writing the autobiography and revealing personal details about my past, my parents and the rest of my family, with no control over who would be reading it.

Transracial Adoption (June 13th)
This workshop will dive into the difficult topics of racism, white privilege, and the “white savior” myth. I will raise the ethical dilemmas spurred by the idea of transracial adoption itself. I’ll address the difficulties that often arise from transracial adoption, particularly when white parents adopt children of color. I will offer ways to mitigate many of the problems that adoptees of color experience, such as honoring the adoptee’s ethnic group and incorporating that culture and history into his or her upbringing.

Adoption Ethics (June 20th)
I’ll review the ways people hoping to adopt a child are often taken advantage of. I’ll explain the supply and demand problem currently plaguing the world of private adoption and how it results in prospective parents spending more money. I’ll describe the Hague Convention which was formed to prevent fraud and child trafficking in international adoptions. I’ll review the legal and historical complications for Native American adoptions in this country. I’ll briefly clarify the difference between for-profit and nonprofit adoption services. And as a cautionary tale, I’ll tell what happened to hundreds of waiting couples when the Independent Adoption Center went bankrupt a few years ago.

Open Adoption (June 27th)
In this workshop, I’ll explore how openness benefits every member of the adoption triad. I will explain how closed adoptions are painful for adoptees and birth/first parents. I’ll explain how open adoption agreements are reached – when birth parents and adoptive parents discuss how many contacts they want and put it in writing. And I’ll explain why when adoptive parents and birth parents foster a relationship, adoptees grow up feeling better about themselves.

Cost: $20 per Workshop or $70 for All Four
Time: Thursday Evening from 6-8pm
When: June 6th, June 13th, June 20th and June 27th

Pre-registration is required. You can register for the Adoption Workshop by calling the store at (818) 380-3111 or through the online registration page.

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Parenting Series

Thursday, October 19th
EATING CHALLENGES
Do you have a picky eater? We’ll discuss how to introduce solids, drop the bottle, how to deal with food refusal, and how to get your child to eat more than just chicken nuggets and french fries.

Thursday, November 16th
BEHAVIOR Q&A
Toddlers, teens, and all ages in between. We’ll talk about tantrums, aggression, whining, talking back, and how to increase your child’s cooperation.

*Topics are geared for parents of children of all ages

Cost: $10 per seminar
When: Third Thursday of each month at 7pm

Pre-registration is required. You can register for the Parenting Series by calling the store at (818) 380-3111 or through the online registration page.

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Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth, Postpartum and Beyond

Please join Jaquelin Levin-Zabare as we explore using essential oils to support a healthy pregnancy and birth as well as newborn care and family wellness with essential oils. We’ll also discuss some postpartum issues and how essential oils can enhance your and baby’s transition from birth to postpartum. Learn ways to naturally support your body throughout normal pregnancy changes and throughout labor and birth.

Learn how to:

  • Ease pregnancy discomforts naturally
  • What oils to avoid during pregnancy
  • Essential oils to use during delivery
  • Soothing postpartum discomfort and enhance healing
  • Ways to support breastfeeding
  • How to support infant and toddler wellness
  • How you can easily make baby care and safe cleaning products with essential oils

Cost: $10 per person

Please call (818) 380-3111 or email info@shopthehaven.com to be added to the interest list.

Pre-registration required. You can register for the Essential Oils Seminar by calling the store at (818) 380-3111 or through the online registration page.

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Connect with other Pregnant Families at our Pregnancy Social!

Join us at A Mother’s Haven for refreshments and lite bites at our Pregnancy Social! Mix and mingle with other expecting Moms and Dads, experts in the maternity and parenting field, our Mother’s Gathering Instructors and more!

Cost: $10 per person

Please call (818) 380-3111 or email info@shopthehaven.com to be added to the interest list.

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Babywearing 101

Babywearing 101 is designed for expectant and new parents who are interested in learning the basics of babywearing. Studies and Mama’s instinct tell us babies are meant to be held and babywearing makes it convenient and can free up Mom or Dads hands when needed!

Babywearing 101 covers:

  • An overview of the most popular carrier types which may include ring slings, Asian style carriers (Mei Tais), soft structured carriers (buckle carriers), stretchy wraps and woven wraps
  • Demonstrations of the carrier types
  • Positioning and safety

There will be a time, in the end, to try on carriers. Feel free to bring your baby with you.  We will have weighted dolls to use in trying on the carriers.

This class is ideal for those with little or no experience babywearing. You will leave ready to choose and use your first baby carrier.

Cost: $20 per person

Please call (818) 380-3111 or email info@shopthehaven.com to be added to the interest list.

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Child Passenger Safety Class

With so many different makes, models and types of car seats coupled with so many different makes and models of vehicles, choosing a car seat for your child and understanding how to use it properly can be a “daunting” task for parents and caregivers. Just reading the manual can often seem like trying to read a foreign language.

This class will provide education on the “Safest Car Seats” for your baby/growing child, information on used car seats, how to properly use your car seat, and why you should not use aftermarket products.
We will also provide education about airbag safety, loose cargo inside the car, the safest areas in the vehicle, the controversy between the LATCH system and the vehicle belt, the California Child Passenger Laws, common safety hazards, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations, traveling with your child (including air travel) and how to travel in the car with pets.

*We will also demonstrate how a pregnant mommy can better protect her baby and herself when driving/riding in a car.

Cost: $40 per couple

Please call (818) 380-3111 or email info@shopthehaven.com to be added to the interest list.

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For more information about our other ongoing classes, check out our class calendar or call the store at (818) 380-3111.

 

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