An Introduction to Dar a Luz Network

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Mar 24th Meeting: Breastfeeding 101

Join us for our March meeting as we discuss "Breastfeeding 101: How to Get the Best Start."

We'll talk about how to prepare for breastfeeding before the baby arrives and then, what steps to take following birth, to give you and your baby every advantage of getting breastfeeding off to the right start! We'll also discuss breastfeeding resources - books, websites and local resources - and invite our attendees to share their experiences and information. Our discussion will be led by Jennifer Steinbach, a DONA-certified postpartum doula with breastfeeding support experience.

Our monthly meetings are free and open to the public (dads, partners and babies are welcome!) and are held at 6:30pm every 4th Tuesday of the month at BirthMark, 33 Bishop Hollow Rd., Newtown Square.

Join us for support, information, snacks, and access to our lending library!

See you there!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Feb. Meeting - Community Resources

Join us on February 24th at 6:30pm to discover & share our local, family-friendly community resources:

Where can I find playgroups?
Who's your favorite pediatrician?
Is there a cloth-diaper service?
I've gotta get out of the house in the winter - where can I take my baby?
Where can I exercise that has childcare?
Who's your favorite well-woman care provider?
Where can I get breastfeeding help?

List goes on and join us as we share, compare and discover all that our community has to offer right under our fingertips! We'll also dish on our favorite books, magazines, websites and blogs.

Our meetings take place every 4th Tuesday of the month @ 6:30pm at BirthMark, 33 Bishop Hollow Rd, Newtown Square.

Remember, all are welcome to attend (including babies, dads and friends), meetings are free, and we always make time to answer any of your questions on pregnancy, birth and the early motherhood years.

See you there!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

SNOW DATE - Viewing of the Born in the USA film

12:00pm 1/27/09 - Due to the weather forecast, this event has been postponed to next week, Tuesday, Feb. 3rd (same time & location).

PS - come see which local place of birth is featured in the film!

Join us at the Newtown Square BirthMark for a viewing of the film Born In the USA -- You've heard about it on PBS, the Oxygen Network, in Self magazine and Fit Pregnancy (and it's all the buzz in the birthing community)!

Now's your chance to see what all the hype is about -- join us on Tuesday, January 27th at 6:30pm (We'll start the film at 7pm). RSVPs are welcomed to

About Born In the USA:
Meet three birth caregivers—a obstetrician, a nurse-midwife, and a licensed homebirth midwife—each with a dramatically different idea about what constitutes best care for birthing women. Learn how they see their work and what factors—medical, legal, and cultural—influence women's choices in the birthing room.

"The best film on birth in America."
——Marsden Wagner, Former Director, Maternal and Child Health, W.H.O.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Wonders of Baby Sign Language!

Did you know your baby can learn to tell you when he is hungry before he can talk? Or when he is finished eating and wants to get down from the table? Or that you can tell your baby "no touching" across a crowded room without saying (or yelling) a word?

YES YOU CAN - with Baby Sign Language!

And it is easier than you think!  

Join us for our October meeting on Oct. 28th at 6:30pm at the Newtown Square location of BirthMark (33 Bishop Hollow Rd.) as we learn about the benefits and some basic "how-to's" of baby sign language from instructor, Meg MacCurtin. Learn when and how to get started and discover all of the fantastic benefits to both baby and we are eager to learn from experienced parents.

As always, we'll have time to answer your questions about any pregnancy, birth or postpartum topic. Meetings are free and babies and little ones are more than welcome!

So come join us and take advantage of our support, knowledge, lending library and yummie snacks!

Friday, October 3, 2008

The 2008 Breastfeeding Challenge - Oct 11th

Calling all breastfeeding moms, babes, expectant parents, breastfeeding supporters and advocates....

Join moms around the world on October 11th as BirthMark and our chapter of Dar a Luz Network host the Media site for the 2008 Breastfeeding Challenge.

11am - Moms & Babes will "latch-on" and be counted toward the world-wide tally (non-nursing supporters are encouraged to join the crowd to make a statement in support of breastfeeding).

12 pm - Raffle for a $50 BirthMark gift certificate.

12pm - A Breastfeeding Support/Education Group led by BirthMark's Lactation Counselor, Jackie Kelleher (a great opportunity for expectant and nursing moms).

Added Bonus - All breastfeeding products at the Media BirthMark boutique are 15% off on Oct. 11th. Store hours are 11am - 4pm.

Cost? None

Why? To celebrate breastfeeding and demonstrate promotion, protection and support for breastfeeding women and families....a chance for education and peer support in a fun and social way!

So gather your friends and join the crowd at the Media BirthMark on Oct 11th! The Media location is at 107 S Monroe St in downtown Media.

Questions? Contact our chapter leader, Jennifer, at or call 484-443-8032.

We hope to see you there!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Massage Therapy for Mom & Babe - coming in September!

Join us on September 23rd at 6:30pm and learn about the basics and benefits of massage therapy for mom & babe! Kymberlie Combs, an LMT specializing in prenatal and infant massage will be our guest speaker. Did you know that massage therapy for infants can decrease their "fussiness" and improve digestion?

Learn about these benefits and more (and bring your little ones). Plus, Kym will give a $10 off coupon for her massage services to all attendees (mark your calendars now!).

We'll have a caring, supportive circle within which we can unwind and learn - plus snacks! And remember, while each meeting has a designated topic, we also have time to talk about any other pregnancy, childbirth or postpartum topic that you might have questions about. Attendees can also take advantage of our lending library - free information at your fingertips!

We have a fantastic space in which to meet - the new BirthMark store at 33 Bishop Hollow Rd. in Newtown Square. If you don't know about BirthMark and all of the wonderful, family-friendly services they offer, you must check them out at!

See you there!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

We Are Expecting!

The Newtown Square Chapter of Dar a Luz Network is holding our first meeting on August 26th at 6:30pm at the new BirthMark store at 33 Bishop Hollow Rd., Newtown Square. Our meeting topic is "Midwifery & Doulas: Models of Care." Meetings are free and all are welcome! Come to share your knowledge and experiences or come to learn about pregnancy, birth and motherhood!