Mothercraft Circle: A Mother’s Support Group
This group is intended for expectant and new mothers which incorporates mindfulness, yoga, art therapy, social support and discussion. Co-facilitated by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Yoga instructor, Nakeya Fields, LCSW and a Perinatal Health Educator, Cordelia Hanna, MPH, CHES, ICCE, CLE, CBA, this group will focus on intellectual preparation and emotional well-being of women during pregnancy and new motherhood.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE
Any pregnant woman or mother with a child under 1 year of age. Free for Health Net Community Doula Program participants, and those with Medi-Cal. If participants do not have Medi-Cal, the cost is $20 per session. Insurance billing may be available. Contact us for details.
Discussions are participant-driven, however, some of the topics covered may include:
- Fears and Concerns about Childbirth and Parenthood
- Changes in Family Relationships and Friendships After Becoming a Mom
- Intimate Partner Relationship Adjustments to Pregnancy and Parenthood
- Sexuality During Pregnancy and After Childbirth
- Sibling Preparation for Childbirth and Becoming a Big Brother or Sister
- Infant Care Options: Circumcision, Immunization, Ear Piercing, Co-Sleeping, Attachment Parenting, Baby-Wearing, etc.
- Maternal Mental Health: Perinatal Mood and Anxiety
- Making Informed Choices for Childbirth
- Infant Mental Health: Promoting Secure Attachment and Parent-Infant Bonding
- Challenges of Working Mothers
- Choosing to be a Stay-At-Home Mom
- Child Development in the First Year
- Newborn Behavior and Appearance
- Breastfeeding Concerns and Questions
- Impact of Racism on Birth Outcomes of African-American/Black mothers and Infants
- Emotional Processing of Childbirth Experiences
- Guest Speakers and Workshops on Hypnosis for Childbirth and Motherhood, Belly Casting, Birth Art, Infant Massage, etc. (Extra materials charge for these activities may be requested).
HOW TO JOIN THE GROUP
Groups are ongoing. Participants may join at any time. RSVP required 24-hours in advance. Please contact Debbie.Benton@motherbabysupport.net or call (626) 388-2191 ext. 2. to register. You can also fill out the form on this page.
Download Flyer: Mothercraft Circle: A Mother’s Support Group
BABIES AND CHILDREN AT GROUP SESSIONS
Newborns and babies up to 6 months of age are welcome. Babysitting during the group can be provided for older children, with advanced notice at a nominal charge.
Should complex or challenging experiences of participants arise, referrals for individual, couples or child play therapy can be made to a The Feel Well Empowerment Center, who accepts Medi-Cal for mental health services. To request services, please complete The Feel Well Center’s new client intake form.
TIME OF MEETING
The 4th Friday of each month from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm.
KICK OFF EVENT: MOTHERWIT CIRCLE
Please join us for our kick-off event, which will include yoga, ceremony and discussion of birth experiences. This is a sacred and safe space to share expectations and experiences of childbirth, both positive and negative and have the support of a licensed mental health provider, a perinatal health educator, and a circle of wise mothers to hold and uplift each other.
Time and Date: Friday, October 25, 2019 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
Location: The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health, 3655 S. Grand Ave., Suite 260, Los Angeles, CA 90007
RSVP is required: Please send email by October 15 to Debbie.Benton@motherbabysupport.net
LOCATION OF MEETINGS
The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health
3655 S. Grand Ave., Suite 260
Los Angeles, CA 90007
ABOUT THE FACILITATORS
Nakeya Fields, LCSW, PPSE – Social Worker/Therapist
Nakeya T. Fields, LCSW, PPSE, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, Trauma Informed Yoga Practitioner, is an mental health entrepreneur, author, speaker, and empowerment coach.
Nakeya is an alumna of the University of Southern California (USC) where she received a BA in Communication, a Master’s in Social Work and a Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Social Work and Child Welfare and Attendance. Nakeya is also a Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor and a certified field instructor and clinical supervisor. Nakeya is a 200 HR TT Yoga instructor, certificated in trauma informed restorative yoga and is certified in Mini Yogis Yoga for Kids yoga. She is licensed by the Board of Behavioral Sciences as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of California.
She is the owner of Fields Family Counseling Services, which specializes in mental health services that serve the complete family unit. Nakeya is also the Founder, President and Chair of the Board for The Therapeutic Play Foundation, a nonprofit that seeks to build a healthier, more resilient world for those in disadvantaged communities through empowerment, education and play. And she is the Director of The Feel Well Empowerment Center which offers wellness resources such as community workshops (chakra healing, acupuncture, parenting, restorative yoga), books, candles, and aromatherapy.
Nakeya is the best selling author of “Mental Health Entrepreneur – Gain Freedom and Escape the 9-5 Grind: How To Treat Mental Illness and Monetize Your Expertise”, released In April 2018. Her second book, The “Manifest It! Action Planner: An Accountability Tool for the Powerful”, will available in January 2020.
Further, Nakeya acts as a program development and staffing consultant to develop progressive health and wellness programs that incorporate creative modalities within educational, corporate and community driven organizations. She also provides in-service seminars and is available for book signings, expert panels, speaking engagements, and consultation.
Cordelia Hanna, MPH, CHES, ICCE, CLE, CBA – Perinatal Health Educator
Cordelia Hanna MPH, CHES, ICCE, CLE, CBA, is a health educator and Doula and the Program Designer of Health Net Community Doula Program, which provides Doula support for African-American/Black families in Los Angeles County. Cordelia earned her Masters in Public Health (MPH) in Health Education and Promotion/Maternal Child Health from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California in 2008 and her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Dance from Indiana University, Bloomington in 1986. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), the gold standard for professional health educators, accredited by NCHEC. Cordelia is also an ICEA-Certified Childbirth Educator, CAPPA-Certified Lactation Educator, and ALACE-Certified Birth Assistant who since 1991 has taught Childbirth Preparation Classes and Breastfeeding Education to hundreds of couples from multi-cultural backgrounds in private practice, clinics, public health, hospital and community settings. She has attended births as a Primary Midwife Under Supervision, Assistant Midwife and Labor Companion/Monitrice in homes, birth centers and hospitals throughout Los Angeles County since 1991. From 2002-2012, Cordelia worked for the Pasadena Public Health Department Black Infant Health Program, a state-funded initiative to reduce poor birth outcomes for African-American/Black women and infants, where she conducted childbirth and lactation education classes, and initiated and managed a Community-Based Doula Program for African-American/Black mothers. Cordelia is a mother of two home-born, breastfed and attachment-parented children who are now capable, bright young adults. She is also a grandmother to two young girls.