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April 9th, 2016

11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
10:30 a.m. Entrance for Press and VIP ticket holders
Location: Industry City, 233 37th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232

2013 Seminars & Activities

Seminars & Demos


11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Preparing for Birth and Post-natal Care

The owner and director of Birth Day Presence, Anna Merrill, brings you useful tips to manage labor pain, talks about birth & postpartum doula care, and offers self-care measures to help you before and after the birth.

Pilates Garage owner, Margi Douglas, touches on staying fit and healthy in pregnancy, preparing your body for birth, the importance of post-partum rehabilitation, and how to minimize the risk of injury when maneuvering through everyday activities with your new baby.

About the Presenters:

Jada ShapiroAnna Merrill is a certified Lamaze childbirth educator, DONA certified birth doula, trained postpartum doula, and mother to two little girls. Anna has years of both counseling and teaching experience and became interested in childbirth after attending the birth of a close friend. She holds masters degrees in psychology and health education and is currently finishing her doctorate in health education at Columbia University. Anna is also on faculty at St. Lukes Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan teaching both their Childbirth Education and Birth Center classes.

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Margi DouglasMargi received her Pilates certification from Alycea Ungaro (now the owner of Real Pilates, located in Tribeca) in 2000. She got perinatal certified by Healthy Mom in 2002. Then in 2009 she was further certified by Debbie Goodman at the Kane School in prenatal and postpartum Pilates.

In addition, as of 2011 she has been certified to teach Alexander Technique under ATI (Alexander Technique International) and master teacher Chloe Wing in New York City. She is currently a full time teacher of Alexander and Pilates at her studio, Pilates Garage, in Park Slope and an assistant Alexander teacher at the BFA program at Brooklyn College. An MFA trained actor, movement teacher, and recent mother of 14 month old twins, she has had first-hand experience of the challenge and wonder of motherhood to the body in motion.

Visit Margi’s Website

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Photosanity: Take Better Photos of Your Children & Stop Missing the Moment

Do you love taking photos of your kids but are frustrated with the results? Do you have thousands of photos on your hard drive but don’t know what to do with them? Do you feel like you are constantly missing the right moment to record these new, and fleeting, memories? After 45 minutes with Alethea, you’ll have more confidence of your photography and in your ability to manage and share your photographs. Expectant as well as current parents are welcome!

About the Presenter:

Alethea Cheng FitzpatrickAlethea Cheng Fitzpatrick is a Brooklyn based family photographer and photography coach for parents. She’s on a mission to help parents more fully experience the precious fleeting moments of their children’s lives through photography.

Visit Alethea’s Website

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Zero Footprint Baby: How to Save the Planet While Raising a Healthy Baby

How can your parenting have the lightest possible footprint? This seminar will cover topics ranging from biking while pregnant and with babies to cloth vs disposable diapers, how diet affects the carbon footprint of breastfeeding, and how to minimize toys and baby gear.

About the Presenter:

Keya ChatterjeeKeya Chatterjee is a Senior Director for Renewable Energy and Footprint Outreach at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in the US and author of the book The Zero Footprint Baby: How to Save the Planet While Raising a Healthy Baby. Her work focuses on spreading the use of renewable energy and building a movement in support of climate action in the US. Keya’s commentary on climate change policy and sustainability issues has been quoted in dozens of media outlets including USA Today, the New York Times, Fox News, the Associated Press, The Washington Post, and NBC Nightly News. Prior to joining WWF, Keya served as a Climate Change Specialist at USAID. Keya also worked at NASA Headquarters In their Earth Science Enterprise, working to communicate data and research results on climate change. Keya started her career as a Presidential Management Fellow in the US government, and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in a national park in Morocco from 1998 to 2000. Keya received her Master’s degree in Environmental Science, and her Bachelor’s in Environmental Science and Spanish from the University of Virginia.

Visit Keya’s Website

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Survival Guide for New Moms in Brooklyn

The BumpBrooklyn mom and The Bump Editor, Lori Richmond, will provide real-life, practical advice to help keep you sane during the first few months of motherhood. She share everything from navigating the city with a stroller, to getting over the initial embarrassment of breastfeeding in public, to knowing how to find the best resources for new moms that Brooklyn can offer.

About the Presenter:

Lori RichmondAs Editor of TheBump.com, Lori Richmond combines her writing and design skills with her parenting expertise to bring the most of-the-moment parenting content and trends to millions of moms across the country. Lori heads up the creative services team handling all design elements of TheBump.com, chooses and tests the best baby products for the “Scan This” registry video series, teaches simple and unique activities for the “C is for Craft” video series and created TheBump.com Birthday Spotlight Blog Series where she uses her creative eye to seek out and feature the most fabulous, awe-inspiring kids’ birthday celebrations.

Lori has been a popular source for parenting trend and mom advice, and has appeared on Today, Fox & Friends, Better TV and local news segments across the country.

When she’s not busy designing and advising new moms, Lori is running around Brooklyn with her two sons, Cooper and Holden.

Visit Lori’s Website

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
First Fevers, Breastfeeding & Sleep Solutions
MSMC Doctors Brooklyn Heights

Pediatricians from Mount Sinai Brooklyn Heights Medical Group will join us to calm your fears and answer all your questions related to first fevers, breastfeeding, sleep solutions and more.

About the Presenters:

TurnerDr. Turner is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics. He was awarded his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine and completed a pediatric residency at The Mount Sinai Hospital. He is a proponent of childhood vaccinations and is vested in making sure that all his patients have the most accurate information regarding medical decisions. He has a special interest in child development.

AranovDr. Aronov completed her undergraduate education at New York University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a major in biochemistry. She was awarded her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed a pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. She is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is an international board certified lactation consultant. Special areas of interest for Dr. Aronov include promoting breastfeeding, pediatric nutrition and prevention and treatment of sleep problems.

messingerDr. Messinger received her medical degree from Albany Medical College and completed a pediatric internship and residency at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. She is board certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Her special interests include breastfeeding, child development and common behavioral problems.

GilgoffDr. Gilgoff received his undergraduate education at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Basis of Behavior. He was awarded his medical degree from the University of California at San Francisco and completed a pediatric residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. He is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He specializes in newborn care, asthma and development issues and brings a balance to his practice as he incorporates teachings from both Eastern and Western medicine.

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Best Baby Gear for Ages 0 – 2

BoonWith so much baby gear on the market these days, how do you know which are the best quality products? Where can you skimp? Where should you splurge? Jamie Grayson, a.k.a “The Baby Guy” will tell you exactly what you need, when, and how to get it. Learn what are the best products on the market, what you need and what you can live without.

About the Presenter:

Jamie GraysonJamie Grayson is dedicated to helping new families prepare and educate themselves on the myriad of choices facing them upon arrival of their newborn. Known as “The Baby Guy”, he helps with registry assistance, nursery organization, in-home product demonstration/instruction, baby-wearing instruction, assistance finding doulas and baby nurses. He’s worked with hundreds of local and national brands and has been seen on/in The Today Show, Martha Stewart, NY Times, Time Out New York, The Wall Street Journal, and more.

Visit Jamie’s Website

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Babywearing Demo with Sarah Longwell-Stevens

Sponsored By:Lead by certified babywearing educator, Sarah Longwell-Stevens, this demo is the perfect introduction into what babywearing is and how to do it. She will cover everything from baby wraps, which are perfect for newborns, to carriers designed to help you wear your toddler. You’ll learn more about how to best position your baby for safety and comfort and how to choose the right carrier for you.

About the Presenter:

Sarah Longwell-StevensAs a certified babywearing educator (Babywearing institute), infant massage instructor (CIMI), lactation counselor (CLC), and postpartum doula PCD(DONA), Sarah seeks to support parents during their transition to parenthood and help them discover the tools they need and the confidence within to feel successful in their new role.

Visit Sarah’s Website

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Family Sleep 101: Unlearning Media Noise About What You Should & Shouldn’t Do

The politics of family sleep are complex and confusing. The abundance of baby sleep theories, branded methods and systems are conflicting, and create a lot of unnecessary anxiety about what you should or shouldn’t do to help your baby sleep. You may have read all the baby sleep books, tried everything, and feel hopeless, like nothing is going to work for your baby. Perhaps you’ve even decided that you have a “bad sleeper” and resigned to a life of chronic sleep-deprivation. In this talk, Natalie will invite you to unlearn everything you’ve heard or read about sleep, and focus on what you really want for your family, from Sleep Training to the Family Bed. Most importantly, we’ll address your fears and anxieties about sleep, and the primary obstacles you must overcome to get the sleep that you all need. Whether you’re expecting, have a newborn or a toddler, you won’t want to miss this seminar. Natalie will share invaluable content that will challenge you to rethink everything you’ve ever learned about parenting, and sleep.

About the Presenter:

Natalie NevaresOffering unique Sleep Coaching Programs, Mommywise Founder, Natalie Nevares helps gently resolve chronic sleep issues and normal sleep transitions through private, customized Sleep Coaching Programs tailor-made for your family. Through a combination of home visits, FaceTime, phone coaching and unlimited email support, Natalie laser-focuses on your family, helps you feel less anxious, more confident, and achieve your goals in a way that feels safe for your whole family. Though sleep is the gateway to Natalie’s Sleep Coaching work, she offers far more than sleep. Her mission is to help families thrive, and ultimately, be happy.

Visit Natalie’s Website

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Tech Zone: New Online Resources Parents Need to Know About

Tech Savvy KidsJoin our panel of experts in an interactive discussion about the newest and freshest tech resources parents will want to know about. The founders of Mommy Nearest, Kidz Central Station, ECHOage, Gymagogo and Hopscotch will tell you about what makes their companies relevant and great resources for you, and will also engage you in a broader discussion of parenting in the digital age. What resources you can’t live without, what you should avoid and how technology can ultimately improve your quality of life as a parent.

All Day
First Foods: Cooking for Your Baby with teeny tiny foodie

Learn how simple it is to make and store your baby’s food from scratch using seasonal, fresh fruits and vegetables.

About the Presenter:

Jory LieberJory Lieber is a food-focused mom and at-home chef raising her baby girl, Eliana, to eat a variety of healthy foods right from the start. When Eliana began to eat solid foods at around 6-7 months of age, she set a goal to cook as much of her food as possible. She uses a variety of flavors, textures and spices, with the intention of creating a teeny tiny foodie who is open to trying new foods.

She’s learned that cooking food for Eliana is only one part of the process of creating a teeny tiny foodie. The other, equally important, part of this process has been her “education” about different concepts around food, such as where food comes from, being part of the cooking process and “playing” with food, to name a few. She’s been using her background in Early Childhood Education to develop appropriate activities and “lessons” to teach to her teeny tiny student.

Visit Eliana’s Website

Concerts In The Courtyard


11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Concert in the Courtyard: Kidville’s Rockin’ Railroad Band

Kidville Rockin Railroad BandAll Aboard for an exciting musical adventure where you and your child become passengers on the Rockin’ Railroad. The Rockin’ Railroad band takes you on a journey through tempo, rhythm, word recognition, and sound identification, exploring different instruments and musical genres and meeting special friends along the way.

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Concert in the Courtyard: Little Rock-its by Frolic!

Little Rock-its by Frolic!Little Rock-its by Frolic! is the signature music program and band created exclusively for Frolic! by Tim Kubart of Tim and the Space Cadets.

Book Signings


12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Book Signing with Elizabeth Gedmark

BabygateCo-author Elizabeth Gedmark joins us to sign copies of her book, Babygate: What You Really Need to Know about Pregnancy and Parenting in the American Workplace.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Book Signing with Keya Chatterjee

The Zero Footprint BabyKeya will be signing copies of her book, Zero Footprint Baby: How to Save the Planet While Raising a Healthy Baby, at the Greenlight Bookstore booth(see program map for booth location).

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Book Signing with Drew Magary

Drew MagaryGQ correspondent and Deadspin columnist joins us to sign copies of his new book, Someone Could Get Hurt: A Memoir of 21st Century Parenthood. Get your copy of his sharp, funny, and heartfelt memoir about fatherhood and the ups and downs of raising a family in modern America, at the Greenlight Bookstore booth (see program map for booth location).