Looking to connect, learn, or just have fun? Hospitals & doctor's offices are no longer the only places that offer education and support for moms-to-be. The landscape has changed considerably in Chicago over the past 2 years. Successful women business leaders and mom-preneurs have reinvented themselves by creating high-end social-educational activities for expectant parents, held at Chicago's best venues. Here are my top picks to check out, in no particular order. And, remember to follow them on Facebook too!
- Bump Club and Beyond: Their evening dinner forums for expectant parents offer networking, socialization, expert speakers, and fantastic raffles - thousands of dollars in baby gear given away at every event. VIP membership provides exclusive benefits. Check out their July 10th event for expectant couples, featuring Safety Squad.
- Neighborhood Parents Network: This membership website offers robust content - discussion boards, parent perks and coupons. They also sponsor 'live' events at various locations in the city to help expectant and new parents navigate the multiple resources and activities in Chicago. Check out their 'expectant moms group' for monthly activities.
- Kicksprout: Features an on-line community as well as local events for expectant events. Check out their pre-natal yoga classes for only $10.00 at the fabulous Soulistic Spa, 7:15 PM, the fourth Wed of every month
Remember to check back on my column over the next few months to find out about the hippest live/meet-up/on-line networks for NEW moms and babies in Chicago.