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The Mommy Center offers postpartum support Mommy & Me classes. It is your home for all things motherhood. We offer support, schooling, socialization and self-development for all moms. This is a warm and nurturing place where we help you be the mom that YOU want to be. Every mom is accepted without judgement and can feel safe to share all her feelings and experiences while making long-lasting friendships. 

 

As Featured in Parenting OC Magazine & Voyage LA Magazine

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"Cristina Gamarnik is the owner of the Mommy Center and is amazing! She is so welcoming and inviting. She wants all moms to know we are here for them through this community. She has built a great environment for moms to connect and relate to one another. Having a baby is such a life changing event that having a safe, caring, open place to relate with other moms is so refreshing and needed! I'm so grateful that I found the Mommy Center during my maternity leave to be able to attend this session. It is 100% worth the investment for yourself and your little one. She also offers sessions for working moms that has a Saturday weekly meeting day! If you're on the fence about this class, don't be! You'll create memories to last a lifetime and it's a great bonding experience for you and your little one."

Gaby V.

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What Our Mamas Are Saying

  •   My son and I took the 6-12 months 10 week course and loved it. The topics covered in each week was super helpful. The highlight of course is taking the classes with other mamas and their precious bebes. It's a safe space with protected time to grow with other moms while you spend time with your child. Another huge plus is the owner, Cristina. She is beautiful inside and out. She understands the both the ups and downs of motherhood so she is passionate about her business: the babies and their mamas!

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    10/30/2021

      I looked forward to my mommy center class every week. I called it my "mommy therapy".  I always left the class with my shoulders lower, my breathing slower and a smile on my face. The class I took was for second time moms and the person who lead most of the classes (Michelle) was just Phenomenal. She really cared about each individual mama and made sure to spend time developing each a plan when they needed it.

    The mommy center has redefined what a mommy group is all about. I highly recommend it to any mama's out there. The owner, Cristina, is just amazing at what she does and I've already signed my son up for another class! What a great experience!

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    12/16/2021
  •   Im so glad that a place for moms is back up and running in south oc. The classes are a great way to make new friends. The director and teachers are great. If you're a new mom, you need this!

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    12/15/2021

      Tonight my husband and I took Cristina's birthing 101 class and we loved it! She had a labor and delivery nurse explain what to expect when delivering, breast feeding, etc. and a pelvic floor pt teach us about things we can start doing now to try and have an "easy" delivery. It was so informative and it was so great meeting new expecting moms in south county! We would highly recommend it! We're looking forward to her mommy and me classes when we have our little girl in the fall!

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    7/06/2021
  •   I attended the Mother's Day event with my 3 year old son, we had the best time! The event was so organized and perfect for kids to learn and play. What a great way to meet other moms and introduce kids to new friends and skills.

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    5/10/2021

      We attended the chat and play class and it was fantastic! My son is 2 and has an extremely hard time participating in activities, he has a very short attention span. He was so engaged during the class and he absolutely loved it. Cristina does an shaving job at keeping the class fun, educational, and interactive. I highly recommend it and wish we would have found this class sooner.

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    6/17/2021
  •   I recently attended a Mother's Day event put on by Christina, the owner at the mommy center. I met so many other moms with kiddos similar in age to my daughter. It was such a breath of fresh air to connect with other moms going through similar stages of motherhood and to celebrate and enjoy ourselves as mamas. Christina is passionate about bringing moms together and helping moms to feel supported and apart of. I am so fortunate to have found the mommy center and look forward to participating in more of their events and classes. Thank you so much Christina for starting the new mommy center (which is so needed!) and for helping us mamas feel connected and supported in our motherhood journeys!

    thumb MaryColleen S.
    5/09/2021

      100% recommend this class to all mamas!! I did the 0-3 month newborn class. I learned so much invaluable information from the speakers and the other moms. I have made lasting friendships with a group of empowering moms and their littles. We have already started fun traditions, walking dates, and lunches together. I am so grateful to have the support of this community! I can't wait to take the 3-6 month class!! Can't imagine starting motherhood any other way!!

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    10/31/2021

Our Mommy and Me Classes

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Mommy & Mini-Me
(Newborn Class 0-2 months)

Join a group of new mommies who are tired, confused, excited, terrified, exhausted and just soooooo overwhelmed with this new thing called MOTHERHOOD. Learn all about the stages on your infant from experts in the field. Connect with other moms and find your mommy tribe to get you through this incredible and challenging time.

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Mommy & Me
(Infant Class 3-6 months)

Classes are designed to give you deeper understanding of your baby’s development, speech/language and motor milestones, as well as give yo tools to manage the difficult days of #momlife.  Topics include sign language, baby massage, sensory activities, music class, infant CPR and more.  

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Mommy & Me Senior 
(Baby class 7-12 months)  

Join a group of mommies and babies ages 7-12 months to learn, connect and have fun together. Classes are designed to give you a deeper understanding of your baby’s development, speech/language and motor milestones, as well as give you tools to manage the difficult days of #momlife.  This is your safe space to share your feelings and concerns, vent and cry. We are here to offer support and provide a nurturing environment. Connect with other moms and find your mommy tribe to get you through this incredible and challenging time. During this 10-week class, a variety of experts will share their knowledge on an array of topics. See below. 

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Mommy & Me Play Group
(1-2 year olds)

Join us for a fun 6-week playgroup series to meet other moms, expose your baby to fun and engaging activities and offer an opportunity to socialize with other little ones. This class is designed for 1-2 year olds. Activities will include books, songs, dancing, sensory play, and crafts. Bond with your baby, have fun, share the highs and lows of motherhood while making mama friends.

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Mommies Round 2 (For moms with 2+ children)

Join other moms who are learning how to adjust to mom life of two. Learn how to support your new baby while still being a great parent to your first child. Suggestions and tips are provided so you can feel confident as a mom of multiples. 

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Chat N’ Play – Language/Pre k Prep (For moms and toddlers 2-4 years old)

Is your little one ready to join a fun, interactive, and educational group created by a certified and licensed speech and language pathologist and preschool teacher? This program offers a weekly 60 minute class for toddlers while mommies get to have a break and chat. Classes are designed to stimulate speech and language development, fine motor development and boost preschool readiness skills through play and fun activities. 

Our 4 Ss To Help You Grow

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You’re a bad mom! Let’s stop judging and comparing - You are the BEST MOM

It’s hard being a mom. But in today’s society it’s even harder with all the judgement and opinions that people have. It’s almost impossible to do something right.

You formula feed? Oh my god! Why would you do that? How dare you breastfeed in public? This is unacceptable. What, you stay home? How convenient you just get to sit at home and watch your baby while your husband works. Your baby is in daycare? Why would you leave you baby and go to work? Why did you even have a baby then?

You just can’t do it right. Moms are scrutinized for all their parenting decisions: Moms who co-sleep, moms who sleep train.  Moms who vaccinate and those who don’t. Moms who home school and moms who have kids in public school. Moms who rock their babies and moms who wear their babies.

It seems like nowadays moms are judged for every decision they make. Starting with pregnancy, women are told that they eat too much/too little, they exercise too much/ not enough, they drink too much coffee, have too much fish, don’t eat enough vegetables, or eat too much ice cream. Our choices are our choices. But for some reason, people think they need to have an opinion and need to share that opinion with us.

Whether it is you choosing to get an epidural or go natural, there will be plenty of people who will criticize your decision.

One of the biggest challenges women face are related to feeding their babies. Moms who aren’t breastfeeding are shamed for using formula. People just assume that the mom chose to formula feed instead of breastfeeding, which is often not the case. Doctors, media and society in general supports breastfeeding as “breast is best”. How about all the moms who are not able to breastfeed? On top of having a medical reason not being able to breastfeed, they have to feel the shame and guilt of not feeding their baby “the best” although they would like to. Other moms choose not to breastfeed because it just isn’t for them. And that is ok. It is their choice to make. Often times however, pumping and feeding your baby are much harder and really time consuming. It is not easier. Just like formula feeding is not faster and easier. It takes much more time to prepare all the items needed, fill the bottles, feed the baby, wash the parts and the bottles and repeat. Breastfeeding on the other hand takes half the time. People tend to jump to the worst conclusions but there is usually an important reason for the choice that moms make.

Now moms that do choose to breastfeed and are successful are shamed and judged for doing that in public. They are asked to feed their baby in bathrooms. Would you like to have your sushi or steak on the toilet? I wouldn’t. Since when is providing your child with nutrition unacceptable? It’s sad that a “normalize breastfeeding” movement even exists considering that breastfeeding is one of the most basic, natural and biological ways to nourish your child whether it is at home or in public. And even though the breastfeeding journey can be painful and challenging, it’s a miracle to be able to feed your baby whether it is through pumping/bottle-feeding or breastfeeding. There is nothing inappropriate about a baby nursing. It is not unreasonable to feed your baby at the park or restaurant. Of course there are nursing covers that moms can use but what if you forgot it? Now you need to go to the bathroom? No, there shouldn’t be a reason not to feed your baby discretely next to everyone else.

Us mamas are already sleep deprived, stressed, scared, worried, overworked, overwhelmed, hormonal, healing and the last thing we need is to be judged. Passive aggressive comments, unsolicited advise, and name calling has become part of motherhood. It’s sad that in today’s society, instead of being lifted up and praised for the good work we are doing, we are usually offered suggestions on how to be better or tips on what we should do instead.

You are enough and you don’t need anyone to tell you that. Even though it’s totally normal to get stuck in the comparison trap, you can do better. Just take a moment each day to take a break, pat yourself on the shoulder and remind yourself that you are doing the best you can and that you are GOOD ENOUGH.

As a society, we need to think about this and realize that we are all in this together. We are all doing our best and raising children who will be working together, become friends, have relations and have kids of their own some day. We need to strive to be better about setting appropriate standards and truly supporting each other and respecting each other’s decisions. Motherhood is not a competition and there is no “one way”. As long as the child is safe, every mom is doing the best she can. She does what she believes is best for her and her family. We need to accept that. Being a mom is a very difficult job and we don’t need to make it even harder. So next time you see a mama, tell her what a good job she is doing!

Join us at The Mommy Center to find your tribe of mothers who will support you, encourage you and celebrate YOU!

 
 
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