Ginger Zee & Ben Aaron
Honorary Parent Ambassadors
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.
The MOMS: Denise Albert & Melissa Musen Gerstein
Honorary Parent Ambassadors
By keep the parenting conversation real, Denise Albert (a “happily divorced” #IndependentMom-of-two) and Melissa Musen Gerstein (a happily married mom-of-three), also known as The MOMS, have built a media mom-pire, anchored by their weekly show on SiriusXM Stars, and their celebrity town halls in which influencer moms screen family-centric films and chat with celebrities about their lives as parents. All this while Albert, with Gerstein as her supportive “#WorkWife,” has been fighting breast cancer, and using her media profile to share her experiences and inspire and inform others. The MOMS were featured on the August 2016 cover of New York Family.
Honorary Parent Ambassador
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.
A family-owned business that traces its roots back almost 100 years to when the present owner’s grandfather grew his bicycle repair shop into an emporium for baby carriages and other baby care supplies, Albee is still going strong! While it continues to be a large, thriving store on the Upper West Side, it is also popular website that stocks a huge mix of contemporary baby goods. In person, or online, the constants that Albee has always been known for are still the same: Lots of options, great customer service, and fair prices.
The Moms Groups
The Moms Groups are professionally led and facilitated support groups, from bump to baby, in over 20 locations around the city. Founded by Renee Sullivan, who still leads many of the groups herself, their signature programs offer supportive conversation and valuable resources for all the common (and uncommon) parenting questions from sleep schedules to finding child care, and everything in between.
It began with a small group of women taking a prenatal yoga class on the Bowery in 2005 and has blossomed into one of the largest and most active parents groups in the city (over 3,000 moms from Lower Manhattan) with essential online discussion groups, educational seminars and webinars, meet-ups, and special events. True to its roots, Bowery Babes still places special emphasis on helping new moms make the supportive connections they need to navigate motherhood and parenting in the city.
New York Lactation Consultant Association (NYCLA)
The New York Lactation Consultant Association (NYCLA) is an NYC-based organization that supports the professionalism and education of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) and promotes and protects breastfeeding. There are over 300 NYLCA members in the New York metropolitan area, offering private lactation consultations, prenatal breastfeeding classes, and breastfeeding support groups. Many also work in tandem with pediatricians, midwives, obstetricians, and other health care professionals to ensure mothers and babies are successful with bonding and breastfeeding.
A robust community and cultural center on the Upper West Side, the JCC Manhattan creates opportunities for people to connect, grow, and learn within an ever-changing Jewish landscape. Their programing for next and expectant families—as for family life in general—is especially rich, with classes (on everything from Caring For Your Newborn to Infant CPR), new mom support and breastfeeding groups, and a special semi-annual event called Bump Bash.