Pregnancy & New Mom Guide - Bergen Moms Network

Preparing for Motherhood and the months (& years!) that follow can be a mix of magic and overwhelm! They say it takes a village and finding that village can be information overload – so we’ve done the busy work for you. Below you’ll find everything you need, from Pelvic Health to Sleep Consultants. Read on for more and don’t forget to save this Guide for later. We’ve got you mama!

The Nesting Place is a wellness center for pregnant moms and their partners located in Ridgewood, NJ  (with a virtual presence).

Offerings include birth and postpartum doulas, Holistic Lamaze/Childbirth Education, Breastfeeding and Newborn Care classes, lactation support, perinatal counseling, pregnancy and new mom support groups, prenatal/postpartum massage and more!

The ultimate goal is to educate, nurture, and empower moms during pregnancy, as well as during the postpartum adjustment once baby is here.

Birth may be THE biggest fitness event in a woman’s life; it’s like a marathon or her very own Super Bowl. But you wouldn’t run a marathon without first having trained for it, would you? So why approach birth this way?
Birthing Strong is a Latina-owned business that was conceived in 2015 based on a need at my gym, SOAR Health and Performance. Besides not feeling safe while training in other locations, we noticed that mamas came in traumatized from birth, scared to be pregnant, and most of all, lacking the confidence they once had in themselves. We aimed to change that.

Birthing Strong is committed to educating, empowering and encouraging moms and moms-to-be to reclaim the confidence they once had in their own bodies! Our programs are designed to help women better prepare for birth and heal postpartum with proper education, rehab, and workouts that don’t further exacerbate core and pelvic floor dysfunction. Our mamas also learn to make informed decisions based on real information as opposed to fear and half-truths that may ultimately lead to trauma. These decisions not only positively affect her and her family, but generations to come!

For birth education, workshops or fitness inquiries, please email [email protected]






Located within SOAR Health & Performance, 17 Passaic Ave, Hawthorne, NJ 07506201-666-0741

Danice Miranda, of Little Milky Way is an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant determined to support and empower families on their breastfeeding journey through evidence-based research. Danice will help you reach your goals and give you the confidence you need to power through your individual journey. Providing prenatal education & postpartum breastfeeding support. She brings higher level knowledge in assessing oral tethered tissues, ie tongue-tie, lip-tie, buccal ties. Danice will evaluate functional movement not just appearance.
Established over 45 years ago, Tenafly Pediatrics has been serving families of Northern New Jersey with a “patients first” philosophy. The practice now has ten office locations: Tenafly, Fort Lee, Paramus, Clifton, Oakland, Park Ridge, Hoboken, Teaneck, Closter, and Glen Rock. Tenafly Pediatrics now has online booking for same day sick visits, which parents find extremely convenient especially when they wake up early with a sick child.

Tenafly Pediatrics stays up-to-date with the latest in medical screenings and technology, including computerized charts, in-house labs, vision and hearing screening for babies, and a “patient portal” which allows parents access to their child’s medical information. In addition, the practice offers evening hours for check-ups and emergency hours if needed on weekends and holidays.

Tenafly Pediatrics is proud of their website,, which showcases the impressive background of the physicians. The practice participates with all the major insurances and admits to Hackensack University Medical Center, Englewood Hospital and Valley Hospital.

Are you a new or expectant mom who is eager to learn about newborn sleep, but don’t have the time to read all of the books, and feel overwhelmed by the advice of your in-laws and late-night Google searches? Maybe your baby is more than 4 months old, and you desperately need to get their sleep on track, but are nervous to try out sleep training?

Sarah Bossio, Infant and Child Sleep Consultant at Your Zen Baby Sleep, teaches parents everything they need to know about pediatric sleep. As a mom of 2 little girls, Sarah has experienced the depths of sleep deprivation and has made it her mission to help families get the sleep they need! With 14 years of experience as a special education teacher in Bergen County, she believes every child and parent learns differently and structures all of her sleep consultations to accommodate the needs of each family. 

For babies 0-16 weeks, Sarah offers live newborn education courses, both virtual and in-home. For little one’s ages 4 months through 7 years, Sarah offers sleep coaching services that help your child sleep 10-12 hours through the night and take predictable naps during the day. 

Head over to her website to schedule a free 15-minute discovery call to discuss your sleep needs.

Empowered Pelvic Health is a physical therapy clinic specializing in prenatal and postpartum rehabilitation. We provide one-on-one, high quality, individualized care for women and children of all ages suffering from urinary incontinence, constipation, pelvic pain, diastasis recti, prolapse and more. Our therapists have extensive training in pelvic floor rehabilitation and special interests in orthopedics, Pilates, manual therapy, pediatrics and Pre/Post Natal Corrective Exercise. We believe all mothers should have a painless pregnancy and be given the support to heal more completely after birth. Returning to exercise should and can be leak-free and pain-free!

A Work of Heart Counseling is a group private practice in the heart of Allendale serving children, teens and women ages 5 and up. We strive to be a safe and warm environment for new moms in pregnancy through postpartum, as well as kids, teens, young adults, couples and their families navigating life’s ups and downs. All of our therapists all have specific areas of expertise and interest ranging from treating perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, generalized anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, developmental needs, and working with teens and college students.
Our mission is simple – we believe in real conversations, real strategies, and a down to earth approach, while providing support in a way that allows for meaningful, transformative change.  Whether your child or teen is struggling, you’re postpartum or a mom struggling with parenthood, or you’re wondering how to cope with stress and anxiety, we aim to form a relationship with you that offers empowerment, growth and healing- that’s why our counseling services are a work of heart. As a group, A Work of Heart’s team maintains rigorous continuing education standards and has therapists who have earned the title of NJ Kids Top Docs for multiple years in a row.
We are proud to be an inviting and inclusive space for all and offer services on a hybrid model with in-person and telehealth services available!

FIT4MOM is the area’s leading fitness program for moms. Classes are designed by moms, for moms, and taught by certified instructors trained in pre and post natal fitness. What began as Stroller Strides, a 60 minute total body workout done with baby in tow, has grown to include a suite of fitness classes including Barre, Boost and Strides 360. Special programs like Run Club and Body Well help moms focus on their health and fitness goals in a like-minded, supportive environment. FIT4BABY provides prenatal fitness classes specifically for pregnant women at all fitness levels and trimesters.

What really sets FIT4MOM apart is not the fitness, though the fitness is top notch. It’s the community. We hear over and over that moms love the supportive, fun, judgment-free community in FIT4MOM. In addition to the daily classes, FIT4MOM creates frequent, varied opportunities for authentic connection between moms, kids and families. These include regular playgroups, mom meet ups, a book club, family fun events, philanthropic efforts, and expert talks.

Your first FIT4MOM class is free – no strings attached! So are social events like Mom’s Night Out and playgroups. Reach out and set up your free trial class or join the next meet up.

Liv & Luna Photography is a small, intimate photography service run by Bergen County mom, Denise.  Specializing in newborn, cakesmash and family portraits, Denise works with each family to ensure a personalized and memorable experience.
Denise’s love for photography dates back to her childhood, but it wasn’t until pregnant with her daughter, Olivia (the Liv in Liv and Luna) that she decided to get the education needed to capture milestone events in a way that felt authentic.
Liv & Luna Photography focuses on finding that natural connection that lives within families and documenting that in timeless images.  With various options to meet most budgets, Denise offers indoor and outdoor portrait sessions, holiday shoots, themed cake smashes, and annual mini sessions to memorialize those fleeting milestones. Here’s a mom owned business aiming to help other moms remember these beautiful moments.

The Mookabee Swaddle is the only swaddle designed to safely help your baby fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer using the proven soothing benefits of your scent. The Mookabee’s scent absorbing Soothe-Swatch absorbs a parent’s scent- then safely snaps into the swaddle base, so baby can smell mom or dad without anything loose in the crib, leading to a better night’s sleep. 

Smell is one of the first senses that babies develop.  The scent of a mom or dad is proven to lower cortisol levels which calms babies, lowers stress, reduces anxiety and helps them fall asleep faster.  When a baby smells their mom or dad it also eases periods of separation and promotes baby/parent bonding.

Created with safety, comfort and convenience in mind, the Mookabee Swaddle is made using all-natural materials, has durable soft Velcro tabs to keep baby secure and warm, and a leg pouch that easily unzips for diaper changes while baby is sleeping.


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