Take the (Richmond) Plunge


The Richmond Plunge just re-opened a few months ago after having been closed for almost 10 years and it’s awesome!


Where can moms meet other new moms in the East Bay?


When I joined Support Group For Mothers back in 2004, I had one simple goal: to make a friend with the same-age baby. I knew I was about to meet ten women with babies close in age to mine, and I thought, “If I truly like just one of them, this will be money well […]

FREE pregnancy education classes at Baby World in Oakland


Join Doulaville Birth Services to learn about local childbirth options including up to date research on maternity services that promote the best outcomes for you and baby in these completely free mini-classes. RSVP recommended. Read detailed class descriptions at http://www.sf.doulaville.com/family-education.html. May 15 – Enriching Pregnancy June 19 – Postpartum Pampering July 17 – So This […]

Expectant moms event: Biggest Baby Shower in San Francisco

Biggest Baby Shower

Imagine a venue where baby gear, experts, and vendors have been brought together in order to greet pregnant Bay Area Moms and feed them cupcakes. This is the Biggest Baby Shower, hosted by Big City Moms and it will take place on April 25th at Patron’s Hall- 1111 Gough Street in San Francisco. I attended […]

Reader tip: Weekly breastfeeding support in Berkeley


Please join one or both of these weekly breastfeeding support groups, facilitated by a board certified lactation consultant. No RSVP required. All sessions are $10. The first half hour is for arrivals and informal chatting, then we’ll begin group introductions on the hour. Weigh your baby on our scale to track growth and meet other […]

ScholarShare: The ultimate clutter-free gift (sponsored)


If peace of mind looks like a pie, I think I am lucky to have a fairly big serving of it. Though I have no idea how much things will cost in the future, my husband and I are saving money, specifically for college tuition for our two children, and hoping we won’t have to […]

Cool kid back in town: Sketch Ice Cream


Move over other ice cream places in the East Bay, the original cool kid, Sketch, is back in town and bigger than ever. We stopped by for our ice cream fix today after playing at the Dreamland playground at Aquatic Park only to find that the regular hours hadn’t started yet. Oops. By the time […]

Reader tip: Marinwood Pool in San Rafael

Swimming pool in San Rafael

A good half-hour North of Berkeley, San Rafael offers weather that makes stripping down and jumping in the pool more tolerable. Reader Cori Kesler of Berkeley reccommended this half-day trip for East Bay families. The Marinwood Aquatic Center is open to the public and offers a large swimming pool for everyone, plus a tot pool […]

Rate your doula & help the next family


Rate your baby nurse is a website that allows parents to rate infant caregivers, doulas, and night nurses to pay it forward to the next families trying to hire the perfect person. Love your baby nurse or doula? Share your personal experiences to help the next family make the best choice. Right now, receive a […]

Berkeley mom wins Oakland marathon 6 weeks postpartum


I wonder which was faster: Anna Bretan’s 2:57:33 finishing time for the Oakland marathon or the labor and delivery she endured six weeks earlier. Here at the finish line, she cradles her newborn daughter. This was Bretan’s second consecutive year winning the women’s category in the Oakland Running Festival. The 26-year old runner is a […]

Support groups for new mothers

An update from Jennifer Subasic-Marks who facilitates new mom support groups in Oakland and Berkeley.

Hana Japan: mega fun for kids!

I love an early dinner at Hana Japan. For a few years, it was our family’s birthday tradition for parents and grandparents so we’ve tested it out with infants, barely-eating babies, crazy toddlers, and curious preschoolers. All good.

Special event at IKEA on Saturday

On January 14, IKEA will host BYOF Day (BYOF stands for Bring Your Own Friend), designed to make a trip to IKEA  into a reason to meet a pal for breakfast.

Good deal: $50 worth of new parent education for $25

Birthways, a non-profit in Berkeley is running this offer on Living Social’s East Bay families channel.

Brilliant idea: Encore baby registry

An easier way to organize a wishlist for a secondhand baby shower. So smart!

Does a third-time mom need childbirth classes?

I’ve had two healthy babies at Alta Bates Summit in Berkeley. Both times leading up to the big event, I took childbirth prep classes. Granted, the last time was four years ago…

Massage for Moms, oh yes!

I have wonderful news! Massage for Moms by Lori Colombo makes house calls!