Join Restore Midwifery and LGBTQ Perinatal Wellness for this monthly offering!
Pregnancy and parenthood, although miraculous and absolutely wonderful, can also be a challenging time - especially in the beginning, and it is common to feel overwhelmed, sad, and lonely, amongst many other things. As the non-birth parent in a queer relationship, there are likely additional specific challenges that may arise such as jealousy over genetic or biological connection, bonding issues, lack of recognition by society as a fully legitimate parent, extended family judgement, etc. There are many resources and a plethora of support groups available for pregnant and nursing moms, as well as cisgendered dads, but our particular niche has a scarcity of options.
Whether your partner is currently expecting, you are a new parent, or a seasoned one, we welcome you. This is your space to bond with other non-birth parents whether you are seeking support, or just looking for community, friendship, or a simply a night that's about you.
Facilitator: Joelle Schwartz is a "Mamo" who helped to raise her 18 year old step-son, and has a 1.5 year old son with her wife of 7 years. Joelle started and has facilitated the popular Non-Birth Parent meet-up at Natural Resources in San Francisco. After many requests to offer something similar in the East Bay, she collaborated to create this second branch. Joelle previously, was an active facilitator in a queer family building and conception group called Baby Buds for for several years, and is a community organizer and activist. Joelle is an Art Director for a global sustainability company, and enjoys rock climbing, cooking, sewing, and hiking in her free time. She identifies as a white ally, a vegan, an empath, and an INFJ.
*To create an environment where you can get the most out of this group we ask that you leave the kiddos at home. However, if you find yourself in a bind and have no childcare options you may bring them along.
Meetup is FREE although donations $5 and under will be accepted to help cover fees.
Questions about the event? Email Joelle.
Restore Midwifery: Marea Goodman, LM, CPM, is a licensed midwife offering homebirth services in the SF Bay Area. Marea deeply believes in the healing potential of having safe and empowering experiences of pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. She founded Restore Midwifery in 2016 and especially loves supporting queer families in their journeys from conception to birth and beyond, with a specific focus on community-building for LGBTQ families. As a queer midwife, she offers care that encompasses the unique beauties and challenges of queer families. Marea is also a parent to her partner's two children, who bring so much joy and laughter to her life.
LGBTQ Perinatal Wellness Center: The LQBTQ Perinatal Wellness Center is a group of exceptionally skillful, highly-qualified, LGBTQ perinatal wellness providers. They are passionately dedicated to supporting your growing family's needs from preconception preparation through childbirth to early parenthood & beyond.
Our Family Coalition: OFC advances equity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ)