Meet the Experts Saturday | Meet the Experts Sunday
Keynote Speaker: Jamie Grayson, The BabyGuy (returning from last year)
Jamie Grayson—known as the BabyGuy—is a nationally beloved expert in baby products and is the founder of the BabyGuy Gear Guide.
Special Featured Speaker: Dr. Harvey Karp
The legendary Dr. Karp is a top baby expert and one of America’s most-beloved and trusted pediatricians, and is the creator and author of the landmark books and DVDs series “The Happiest Baby On The Block” and “The Happiest Toddler on the Block.”
Ginger Zee & Ben Aaron
She’s the Chief Meteorologist for ABC News and a regular contributor to “Good Morning America” and “World News Tonight.” He’s a lifestyle reporter whose antics and humor have made him a popular face on NBC’s “New York Live.” Together, Ginger Zee and Ben Aaron, as partners and parents to their adorable one-year-old son Adrian, are living their best lives. They were featured on the March-April 2017 cover of New York Family.
A mother, noted doula, and all-around maternal wellness guru, Thomas has been a fount of information and inspiration as the founder of Mama Glow, and as the author of Mama Glow: A Hip Guide To Your Fabulous Abundant Pregnancy. Last year she was named to Oprah’s Super Soul 100 list of “awakened leaders who are using their voices and talent to elevate humanity,” and was featured on the November/December 2016 cover of New York Family.
Jill Simonian is a TV personality, entertainment journalist, mother, and parenting and lifestyle expert. She covers parenting topics twice a week for CBS Los Angeles, and on her website The FAB Mom. She is the author of The FAB Mom’s Guide: How to Get Over the Bump & Bounce Back Fast After Baby. Simonian was featured in the March-April issue 2017 issue of New York Family in the Parent in Profile section.
Pria Alpern is a clinical psychologist in private practice in New York City. She specializes in maternal mental health and perinatal mood disorders. Dr. Alpern works with mothers struggling with a broad spectrum of concerns, including depression, anxiety, and other emotional concerns that can emerge during pregnancy, birth, or postpartum. Dr. Alpern also has specialized training in helping parents heal from miscarriage, the loss of a baby, and traumatic childbirth.
A leader in the family care space, Lindsay Bell originally started with Lucky Lil’ Darlings in 2009, which at the time placed only on-demand evening babysitters. After acquiring the NY Nanny Center in 2013, the larger group was renamed Bell Family Company and now places all family care needs.
Paige Bellenbaum is the Program Director of a new Manhattan-based program called The Motherhood Center. The Motherhood Center specializes in providing support and treatment for new and expecting mothers suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, otherwise known as postpartum depression. As a mother-of-two, Bellenbaum herself suffered from severe postpartum depression. After a long battle to feel like herself again, she drafted and helped pass state legislation mandating hospitals to provide education to new mothers about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, as well as encouraging screening for all new and expecting mothers.
Mara Braunfeld is the Director of the Center for Family Life and Director of Programs for Infants + Young Children at JCC Manhattan. Her formal training is in Jewish education, and she brings this background to her work at the JCC as she and her team nurture families by cultivating experiences where children can thrive, parents can connect, and families can grow together.
Elizabeth Cano-Correa is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE), a DONA trained birth doula, and a postpartum doula. She is the owner of Birth First, covering all of her prenatal, birth, and postpartum services.
Shari Criso brings 25 years of experience as a nurse, midwife, lactation consultant, and Evenflo Feeding’s national spokesperson and expert to helps moms reach their personal breastfeeding and pumping goals.
Terri Decker is an educational advisor at Smart City Kids, an educational consulting firm that helps families in New York City identify public and private school options for their children. She has also held senior admissions positions in at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School and the West Side YMCA Co-Op Nursery School.
Founder of Twiniversity, the world’s leading support network for multiple birth families, author of What To Do When You’re Having Two: The Twins Survival Guide from Pregnancy through the First Year, and mother-of-twins.
Dr. Dina DiMaggio
Dr. DiMaggio is a pediatrician at Pediatric Associates of NYC and at NYU Langone Medical Center. The co-author of The Pediatrician’s Guide to Feeding Babies and Toddlers, DiMaggio also serves as a pediatric expert on nutrition for The Bump’s Real Answers, and is a contributor to healthychildren.org, the American Academy of Pediatric’s parent site.
Beth Feldman is the co-founder of Beyond PR Group, a full-service public relations consulting firm. Feldman is also the founder of RoleMommy, a parenting blog network, online community, and events company dedicated to inspiring, entertaining, and empowering today’s busy parents to pursue their passion while raising a family. She currently lives in Westchester County with her husband and two children.
Nicole Feliciano is CEO and founder of Momtrends Media, a NYC-based company providing lifestyle content for moms. Her first book, Mom Boss: Balancing Entrepreneurship, Kids & Success, is packed with solutions for women who have big ideas, but are struggling with how to fit it all in with family.
Founder and Director of the Prenatal Yoga Center, certified labor support doula, Lamaze Childbirth Educator, certified prenatal yoga instructor, and mother-of-two.
Tamara Hawkins is the director of Stork and Cradle, a New York City-based prenatal education group specializing in childbirth classes and lactation consultation, and is currently the president of the New York Lactation Consultant Association (NYLCA). A practicing maternity nurse and family nurse practitioner, she is also certified as a Lamaze Childbirth Educator, a lactation consultant, and a holistic health counselor.
Randi Jacoby is the director of Jacoby Speech Therapy Associates, a private group practice on the Upper East Side of Manhattan specializing in the treatment of all pediatric speech, language, and learning delays/disorders. She has been a lecturer at the 92Y Parenting Center for the past 20 years and has been a regular contributor to New York Family Magazine.
Alex Kaslowitz is a father, babywearing consultant and co-founder of XOXO Baby Carrier. With 10 years of experience and 110 percent of enthusiasm, Alex’s passion for babywearing is contagious. He strives to help make life easier for all parents and caregivers through safe and comfortable babywearing.
After working in various senior management roles in private education, Daniel Koffler co-founded Explore + Discover Early Learning Center, a pioneering childcare center in the Gramercy neighborhood of Manhattan in late 2013. He also runs a post-secondary support program for students with learning disabilities called New Frontiers in Learning.
FitBump founder Kira Kohrherr is an AFAA certified and ACE pre/postnatal certified personal trainer. She has also created FitBump T3: Targeted Trimester Training for moms searching to maintain a higher level of fitness through pregnancy and to actively prepare for labor.
I’m a mom of three living in New York City. As a former elementary school teacher, I spent my career working with children, and as a mom, I understand what families need from a caregiver. My family has had incredible experiences with all of our au pairs and we consider all of them part of our extended family. I started AuPaired because I’ve become passionate about helping others enjoy this experience as much as we have.
Andrea Lee is the founder of City Births, one of the city’s leading education and support groups for expectant and new parents. She is a childbirth educator and labor support companion, and also happens to be one of the founding members of Bowery Babes, one of the special honorees at the 2017 New York Baby Show.
Dr. Liza Natale
Dr Liza Natale is a general pediatrician at Pediatric Associates of NYC in Manhattan and a clinical assistant professor at NYU Langone Medical Center. She is also is the pediatric advisor to the Parenting Center at 92nd Street Y and teaches several classes there for new and expectant parents on such topics as sleep, starting solids, and caring for your newborn.
Natalie is the Founder of Mommywise–an in-home service that helps parents sleep train their babies in 72-hours or less. Her mission is to end parental depletion, and make parenthood a happier, easier place to live, by helping families sleep. Though family sleep is the gateway to her work, her ultimate goal is to help parents feel more confident and connected, and thrive as families.
Jessica Pallay & Kaity Velez
Jessica Pallay and Kaity Velez are the founders of Well Rounded, an online destination focused on modern pregnancy and urban parenting. Well Rounded provides the latest and greatest inspiration and information to help you not only deal with your pregnancy and parenting experience, but also navigate it, revel in it, and most importantly, celebrate it.
Cristie Ritz-King works with families in a variety of ways. She’s a mental health counselor, a court advocate, parenting coach, and blogger who often writes about the trials and triumphs of life as a working mom. Find Cristie on Facebook, and Instagram as well as her blog Reinvention Girl, sharing stories of moments in the trenches.
Marianne Ryan is a physical therapist and board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist with over 30 years of experience treating pregnant and postpartum women. The Clinical Director of Marianne Ryan Physical Therapy in New York City, she is also a former spokesperson for the American Physical Therapy Association. She is the author Baby Bod – Turn Flab to Fab in 12 Weeks Flat, and also created an online version of her Baby Bod Coaching program.
Founder of Birth Day Presence (a trusted local Childbirth Education Center, Doula Matching Service and on-demand Lactation Service), DONA-trained birth and postpartum doula, Lamaze and Birthing From Within childbirth educator, Certified Lactation Counselor, birth photographer, and mother.
Lance Somerfeld & Matt Schneider
Both are fathers and co-founders of NYC Dads Group (now part of the national City Dads Group organization), a diverse support network for local fathers that hosts educational events for dads and their children as well as dads-only gatherings, and boot camps for expecting fathers.
Parent, lifestyle coach, and founder of The Moms Groups. She facilitates engaging conversations in 23 locations every week for pregnant women, new moms, stay at home, and working moms. The Moms Groups specializes in professionally led chats connecting moms to each other and delivering the best resources for staying sane in the insane world of parenting.
Sally Tannen is the director of the 92nd Street Y Parenting Center. In addition to overseeing all of its programming, she leads the weekly new-parent get-togethers, and meets with parents informally to field inquiries on a huge range of parenting topics.
Allison J. Walsh
Allison Walsh, LCCE, IBCLC is a past president of Lamaze International, and co-director of the NYC Lamaze Childbirth Educator Program. She currently works as a Lamaze childbirth educator and lactation consultant, and enjoys supporting new and expecting mothers and their partners in their childbirth and breastfeeding journey.
Dawn Winkelmann, M.S, CCC-SLP, is a speech language pathologist, feeding specialist, and co-author of the book Making Mealtime ezpz. She is also the Clinical Director for Spectrum Speech & Feeding, LLC and a feeding consultant for several baby/toddler brands. She has over 22 years of experience treating children with feeding disorders and picky eating behaviors.
Julie Wright & Heather Turgeon
Julie Wright and Heather Turgeon are psychotherapists and co-authors of The Happy Sleeper: The Science-Backed Guide To Helping Your Baby Get a Good Night’s Sleep. Wright has created the curriculum and approach for the popular Wright Mommy and Me classes in Los Angeles. Turgeon also writes about child development and parenting, and her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and in the long-running “Science of Kids” column for Babble.
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