What Is Baby Café?
Baby Cafés are FREE resources for pregnant and breastfeeding families, offering;
• Support from specifically-trained staff
• Opportunities to share experiences and make friends
• Refreshments, comfortable seating, and open-forum discussions
Funded through a Creating Breastfeeding Friendly Communities grant from the New York State Department of Health, St. Peter’s Health Partners Community Health Programs currently facilitates three Baby Cafes in the Capital Region and partners with Schenectady County Public Health Services run two in Schenectady County.
Join Us at a baby cafe
Baby Cafés are back open in-person! (We will still be offering a virtual option for those who prefer!). All pregnant and lactating parents and their support people are welcome to attend! Pop in for support, encouragement, education and community.
Email us at BabyCafe@sphp.com for the link to join a Baby Cafe virtually.
Sessions are held during the following days and times:
1st and 3rd Monday of each month 11 AM – 1 PM – Mont Pleasant Branch Library, 1036 Crane Street, Schenectady (*closed on county holidays)
2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month 11 AM – 1 PM – Phyllis Bornt Branch Library and Literacy Center, 948 State Street, Schenectady (*closed on county holidays)
Tuesdays 11 AM – 1 PM – Mechanicville Public Library, 190 N. Main St, Mechanicville
Wednesdays 12 PM – 2 PM – St. Mary’s Campus, 1300 Massachusetts Ave, Troy
1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month 6 PM – 7:30 PM – Virtual (contact us at the email address above or on social for the link)
Thursday 11 AM – 1 PM- The Collaboratory, 200 South Pearl, Albany (opening 12/15)
Find us on Facebook: @capitalregionbabycafes
Find us at Instagram: @capitalregionbabycafes
Who are We?
Stephanie all smiles with her youngest nursling!
Stephanie is an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant with a degree in Maternal and Child Health: Human Lactation. She received her undergraduate degree at Union Institute and University and became certified as an IBCLC in 2016. Her journey to lactation support work began nearly fifteen years ago with the birth of her oldest child. The support she received inspired her to “pay it forward” and help other families. As a mother of four, she understands the ups and downs of parenting and is passionate about empowering breastfeeding families through information, education and support.
Hia posing with her four children!
Hia is a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist who has four wonderful children. She has experienced the difficulties, challenges and intense joy and pride that come with breastfeeding. Hia has worked with children and families for over twenty years and with breastfeeding families for more than ten years. She is passionate about breastfeeding, baby-wearing and helping and supporting families in their parenting journey.
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