For expectant mothers, the birthing process is often scary and laid out dispassionately by doctors who has no personal interest in them. Stork and Cradle offers personalized and encouraging care for pregnancy, birth and post-birth.
Stork and Cradle will be at the New York Baby Show on May 14 and 15, at Pier 92.
The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler. From top products to trusted parenting experts, the New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!
Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.
We spoke to Stork and Cradle founder Tamara Hawkins to learn more.
For someone unfamiliar with Stork and Cradle, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?
Stork and Cradle’s mission is to empower birthing families to experience normal births and breastfeeding success. Our core offerings: Lamaze childbirth education, baby care, breastfeeding and infant CPR classes allow new parents to gain confidence and working tools to handle common scenarios experienced while pregnant, birthing and parenting. Lactation consultation helps mothers work through challenges and find solutions to keep the baby thriving and breastfeeding pain-free.
What is the background of Stork and Cradle? When was it started, and how has it evolved since then?
Stork and Cradle was birthed in 1999. It was the love child of Tamara Hawkins who after not being able to attend childbirth classes, read the popular birthing and breastfeeding books and thought, “How difficult could this be? Just follow what the books said to do, right?” Wrong. She experienced all the medical options and grieved the loss of her perfect birth plan. Once home, she didn’t have great help breastfeeding, experienced low milk supply and was frustrated with the system that was supposed to help mothers and babies be well and healthy. She decided to do something different.
While working as an L&D nurse in a NYC hospital and then at a birthing center, Tamara went on to produce educational classes that allowed parents to explore options for pain relief, overcome emotional roadblocks that cause tension and resistance to surrender to the birth process. Stork and Cradle is now a provider of prenatal education with New York Presbyterian Medical Center.
Stork and Cradle offerings have evolved to reduce lecture time and empower parents to search for what feels right for them. We want our clients to be confident, empowered, and to learn the newest theory and evidence on birthing and parenting. Most of all, we don’t judge. We know how defensiveness and fear negatively impacts all experiences and we arm our clients with tools to answer their deepest questions and find out what they need to have the best birthing and breastfeeding experience. This translates into clearer communication with the birthing team, reduction of anxiety and trust in one’s intuition.
What are the most popular and/or newest services from Stork and Cradle?
Stork and Cradle’s families are especially excited about our breastfeeding services. Prenatal breastfeeding classes and private lactation consultations with Tamara Hawkins NP-C, IBCLC, are all covered by insurance. Hawkins is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner and is an internationally board-certified lactation consultant. Tamara is an in-network provider with several insurances: Aetna, Oxford Freedom, United, Oscar, The Empire Plan, Emblem/HIPP and Cigna.
Tamara Hawkins is able to take care of the mother and baby in a holistic manner, only prescribing medications when necessary, (often needed to treat infections associated with breastfeeding) and following mother and babies over multiple visits ensuring a mother reaches her breastfeeding goals.
What sets Stork and Cradle apart from other pregnancy and childbirth preparation classes on the market?
Our number goal is to make our clients feel happy and excited about birth, not defensive and feeling like the hospital is about to do something bad to them. We’ve seen enough fear-based teaching to know this is not the way to prepare to be open and ready for a shift in one’s life while welcoming a new baby. We arm our clients with solutions to make choices they feel will bring them the best birth experience and keep their baby healthy. We truly believe how a woman experiences her birth is just as important as having a healthy baby. She should feel powerful, respected and heard.
Our classes are open to all parents including adopting, LGBQT, single, home-birthing or planning for an epidural or cesarean. Our instructors are never judgmental and want to give information that is evidence-based for individual circumstances.
What can parents expect to see from Stork and Cradle at the New York Baby Show?
Stop by our booth to speak with our instructors, enter into raffles for free classes, see how we can assist with insurance reimbursement, and sign for free class offerings during the summer time.
Learn more at storkandcradle.com!