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Family Center – Parenting Support (Imanu)

The J’s Family Center serves as a support for parents by offering classes for expectant Jewish or Interfaith parents, hosting various speakers throughout the year and more.

Imanu, or Our Mothers, is more than just a group of supportive and educational programs for mothers, it is an extension of welcome, warmth and comfort to all families who are new to the J. Through Imanu, you will find connection with other mothers, valuable information as you begin, or continue, your parenting journey, and the support you need to breastfeed your child. Imanu can be your motherhood shalom bayit, your shelter of peace. Imanu programming is provided by Imanu Programming Instructor, Leah Frankel, a licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Lactation Counselor.

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For more information about our program, visit the full Family Center page.

Presented by The Ruth & Harold Sher Center of Jewish Life. 

Parent Workshop: Toddler Behavior

Parents with children 12 months – three years.

This workshop is designed to help families better understand the dynamic and sometimes challenging behaviors of toddlers. All behavior is a form of communication; let our childcare experts help you decode your toddler’s behavior.

Need a babysitter? Don’t worry! KidZone Babysitting is available for those who register in advance for the workshop. Space is limited. Call KidZone, 314.442.3168, to reserve your spot.

Tuesday, February 26, 6:30-8pm
Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur

Contact: Emilie Brockman, 314.442.3267

Mommy Meet Ups

Moms & babies

Being a mom is hard work, but it’s a little more fun when you’re in the company of good friends. Join our community of moms for more information about meet-ups around St. Louis and playgroups in the J Family Centers. Formerly Playgroups.

Locations vary by group, ongoing

Contact: Emilie Brockman, 314.442.3267

Presented by The Ruth & Harold Sher Center of Jewish Life.

Nursing Moms Group

Nursing moms

Support makes all the difference when you are breastfeeding. Join our monthly group lead by our Certified Lactation Counselor, Leah, where you will find a welcoming community of moms and have the opportunity to share and receive advice, connect with like-minded women, commiserate, and celebrate the ups and downs of breastfeeding and motherhood.

Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur
Tuesdays, December 18, January 29, February 26, March 26, April 30, May 21

Contact: Emilie Brockman, 314.442.3267

The Fourth Trimester

Moms with infants. This special class offers mothers a place to connect meaningfully with one another. Share information, ask questions and more about motherhood in a supportive environment. Other topics include infant attachment and bonding, postpartum mood, self-care, changing relationships and more.

Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur
Thursdays, January 17 – February 21, 11am-12pm

Contact: Emilie Brockman, 314.442.3267

Chai Baby

Expecting Parents.

Expecting and new moms. This class welcomes expecting parents to come together to prepare for the transition into parenthood. Weekly sessions are designed to give couples a chance to build meaningful connections with one another while discussing topics to help families prepare for life with a newborn, grow as a couple, and parent with purpose and confidence. Topics include infant care, attachment and bonding, changing relationship dynamics and managing family, infant development, and ways that families may weave Jewish culture into their family.

Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur
Series rescheduled. New dates will be released soon.

Contact: Emilie Brockman, 314.442.3267

Breastfeeding Support Opportunities

We offer two support packages, including, but not limited to, comprehensive support; single-visit sessions for questions and troubleshooting; and groups for breastfeeding mothers and families. These packages include services (detailed below) which promote and sustain a comfortable and informed breastfeeding journey. Packages make a wonderful gift for expecting or new mothers and
offer advice and comfort whether you begin prenatally or postpartum.

Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur
By appointment

Contact: Emilie Brockman, 314.442.3267

Individual Support Opportunities

Take advantage of a 30-minute session for a consult or receive answers to specific questions. This is a great chance to have your latch and positioning assessed, ask questions, or chat about your breastfeeding experience. In our 60-minute option, we’ll take great care in hearing your story, chatting about your breastfeeding hopes and goals, and helping you to become comfortable and confident while breastfeeding your baby. Expectant moms are encouraged to schedule a prenatal consult so that you can learn ways for an easy transition to breastfeeding.

Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur
Consultations by appointment
30-minute: $25 members/$35 public
60-minute $45 members/$63 public

Contact: Emilie Brockman, 314.442.3267

Expecting Mom Special

Pregnant Mom Special
A perfect gift for an expecting mother! Includes:

  • 60-minute prenatal consult to promote a great start to breastfeeding
  • 60-minute postpartum consult to ensure comfortable nursing and answer questions
  • Two 30-minute follow-up sessions to troubleshoot, ask additional questions or prepare to return to work

$119 members/$167 public

Contact: Emilie Brockman, 314.442.3267

New Mom Special

Get, or give, the gift of comfortable, confident breastfeeding. The new mom special package includes:

  • 60-minute postpartum consult to assess latch and position, Q & A, and receive one-on-one support
  • Two 30-minute follow-ups for unexpected or additional questions and/or to create a breastfeeding plan

$86 members/$120 public

Contact: Emilie Brockman, 314.442.3267


Emilie Brockman