Mother's Groups

Join the Marin Alternative Mothers Group for their 2nd Annual Anniversary Picnic this Weekend

July 27, 2012

The Marin Alternative Mothers Group (MAMG) provides a community for like-minded parents interested in non-mainstream birthing and parenting. Find out more about the MAMG at their second annual Anniversary Picnic this Sunday, July 29 from 1–5 pm at Santa Margarita Valley Park in San Rafael.

Bring the family for face painting, a raffle, a silent auction, live music, and much, much more. Some of this year's fantastic silent auction prizes include a gift basket from Navitas Foods and gift certificates from Bella Boutique, Mama Massage, Mozart's Cleaning Team, Harbinger Cafe meal delivery, and Laura Kudritzki Photograpy. Bring your own picnic, blanket, and chairs, and come join in the fun.

MAMG was founded by Marin mom Ozzie Ozkay-Villa—whose son was born at home in 2010—after she wasn't able to find exactly what she was looking for through existing local mother's groups. She and her fellow MAMG moms have found that surrounding themselves with like-minded women who support their decisions about childbirth and parenting gives them a strong sense of empowerment and community. "When we get a new pregnant mom in MAMG I feel over-joyed because I know she will find the support that I didn't have," says Ozkay-Villa. "Every once in a while I have a mom email me and say something like "I found my people" and it just makes my day."

A New Home for San Rafael's Parents Center

April 27, 2011

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin, new home of the Parents CenterThe Parents Center is moving! Offering support, advice, information, and activities for parents, parents-to-be, and young children, the Parents Center moves out of its original home in San Rafael's Heller's children's store and relocates after a brief hiatus to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin in Terra Linda. The Parents Place will operate out of Heller's until May 5, and programs start again at the new location on May 18, starting with Little Music Circle. Little Music Circle, taught by Parents Center founder and program director Georgia Montgomery, has the distinction of being the only program of its kind in Marin where families only pay for classes they attend (make-up classes can be attended at any time); drop-ins are welcome, too.

Their drop-in New Moms Support Group, with a breastfeeding and newborn care specialist facilitating, begins May 31 and continues on Tuesdays at 11 am. The Parents Center also offers infant/child CPR and choke-saving classes, as well as other special programs througout the year. Check their website for schedule and registration information.

Marin Alternative Mothers Group

February 22, 2011

Are you passionate about natural childbirth or homebirth, and are you looking for like-minded families for support, information, and friendship? The Marin Alternative Mothers Group (MAMG) may be for you. The MAMG is a group of women devoted to alternative birth choices and proud of their educated and informed decisions to birth drug free in a safe and supported environment.

MAMG was founded by Marin mom Ozzie Ozkay-Villa—whose son was born at home in 2010—after she wasn't able to find exactly what she was looking for through existing local mother's groups. She and her fellow MAMG moms have found that surrounding themselves with like-minded women who support their decisions about childbirth and parenting gives them a strong sense of empowerment and community. "When we get a new pregnant mom in MAMG I feel over-joyed because I know she will find the support that I didn't have," says Ozkay-Villa. "Every once in a while I have a mom email me and say something like "I found my people" and it just makes my day."

The MAMG meets every other Friday at 11 am, and holds family days one Sunday a month. The next Friday meet is on March 4th. The group is rapidly growing, so more activities are planned. Membership dues are $35 a year or $60 for two years. For more information on the MAMG, visit www.marinalternativemothersgroup.com.

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