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December Meeting, Free-Cycle!

Our next meeting is Weds, Dec. 17, 2008. Our Topic is: Prenatal Testing and Ultrasound--what you need to know to make an informed decision! What "routine" tests are worthwhile? (As always, we'll be discussing our topic, as well as whatever else is on your mind!) Our meetings begin at 6:30pm, but we operate in Mommy Time, so if you can't make it until 7, don't stress it! Come when you can!

*Dar a Luz FREE-CYCLE!
Outgrown maternity clothes? Duplicate baby gifts? Bring them to the meeting! (Along with anything else you want to de-clutter yourself of!) Feel free to take from what others bring--it's all free and a great GREEN way to re-use!

*Farewell to Dr. Kate Engelhardt
Our Chapter Founder, Dr. Kate Engelhardt is moving to Massachusetts. This will be her final meeting. A great opportunity to express our gratitude for all her hard work!

Hope to see you there!
Weds. 12/17/08
Belmar Public Library
517 Tenth Ave.
Belmar, NJ 07719 (Rear entrance)

Next Meeting: November 19, 2008

Our next meeting is Wednesday, November 19, 2008. Join us as we discuss:
What Babies Want.
Babies are aware and able to respond. However, babies and children are not treated in our society as if they function on the same level as adults. Actually they are probably more aware than adults. Babies understand if they are wanted or not, they feel fear, rejection, and all this affects how their brains develop and their sense of self-esteem. We all have our own births to work through as well. If babies experience some problem or separation during the birth, they will tell you their story if you are open to it.

As always, we welcome all babies and mamas. We love to hear birth stories and help you find answers to your questions. Hope to see you at the next meeting!

Belmar Library
517 Tenth Ave.
Belmar, NJ 07719

Questions? Email or call us: 908.492-4987

October Meeting: 10/15/08

Join us as we'll be discussing Muscle/Bones/Breech: What you need to know! Does a Breech presentation automatically mean C-section? Our own, Dr. Kate Engelhardt will be sharing her expertise on Chiropractic care during pregnancy. She is certified in the Webster Technique, which can be used to relieve intrauterine constraint and help babies turn safely.

As always, there will be plenty of time to address whatever's on your mind! So, bring your belly, your baby and your questions to the meeting. All women and children are welcome and it's FREE!

Questions? Email us: Looking forward to seeing you soon!

NJ First BOLD Red Tent

The first BOLD Red Tent in New Jersey was a powerful and inspiring evening! Warmest thanks to Khalida, for the wonderful Bellydancing Session. (If you missed her at the Red Tent, you can still go to one of her classes in Lincroft--see Link below).

We would also like to thank Certified Orgasmic for the delicious spread! WOW! Thank you to Dean's, who also donated food.

Thanks to all our Silent Auction Sponsors!

And finally, thanks to all the mamas who participated. Your presence and stories are what the Red Tent is all about!

BOLD Red Tent

October 3, 2008: BOLD Red Tent Event! Join us as we celebrate Women's Birthing Stories as part of the BOLD movement to create more mother-friendly birthing options.
Our BOLD Red Tent will include:

* A Safe Place to share your pregnancy and birth story

* Bellydancing Demonstration
We're honored to have Khalida Aysel of the Bellystars Dance Troupe lead us in bellydancing!

* Henna Art (Khalida is also an accomplished Henna Artist.)

* Silent Auction

Including items from: ErgoBaby Carrier, Organic Style, Born Silks, Hand and Stone Massage Spa, Mothering Magazine, The Business of Being Born, MotherLove, TaoMassage, Nature's Baby Organics, GDiapers, Aden + Anais, Nature's Corner, Gymboree (Howell/Ocean), Charlotte West, and more on the way!!

Food generously provided by Dean's and Certified Orgasmic,

**Admission is FREE!

Friday, Oct. 3, 2008
7-10 pm
Belmar Library, 517 Tenth Ave, Belmar, NJ 07719
(Community Room entrance is on the back side of the building)

Jersey Shore Dar a Luz is MOVING!

Jersey Shore Dar a Luz is moving! Beginning September 17, 2008 our meetings will be held in Belmar. We're very excited to be more accessible to Monmouth County moms. (Meetings will continue to be on the 3rd Weds. at 6:30pm).

September 17, 2008: September Meeting. Join us in our new location as we discuss: Keeping Your Partner Involved!
Join us at our new meeting place:
Belmar Public Library
(Down the elevator in the Community Room)
517 Tenth Ave, Belmar

August Meeting

Our next meeting is Weds. August 20. Join us as we discuss:
Places of Birth! Where can you give birth in New Jersey? Find out the advantages and disadvantages, and talk to moms who have recently experienced it firsthand.

As always, our meetings are FREE and ALL ARE WELCOME! Hope to see you there!
Questions? Email us at: or call: 732.701-1400

Birth, the play comes to NJ!

Birth, the play, will be performed in Red Bank as part of the B.O.L.D. (Birth On Labor Day) movement! We are so excited for the first New Jersey presentation! (September 5, 6, & 7, 2008.) Vivian Taormina is directing the play and will be joining our July 16 meeting. Find out more about this groundbreaking production at:
(Or, better yet, come to our meeting and learn about it firsthand!)

Next Meeting: July 16

Mommy Knows Best: Your Rights as a Consumer!
This issue is especially relevant now, as the ACOG tries to edge out homebirth rights. Please join us at our FREE monthly meeting as we discuss your choices in regards to:
*mandatory stays in the nursery
*and much more....
Bring your belly, baby, and your questions! All are welcome in this warm and friendly atmosphere.
Weds. 7/16
Attainable Health Chiropractic
2109 Bridge Ave.
Point Pleasant, NJ 08742

Next Meeting: Caring for your Newborn

Join us on Wednesday, June 18th as we discuss: Caring for you Newborn. Get answers to all your baby questions...What's the most essential baby gear? What are your sleeping/feeding/soothing options?
Our group is open to all moms--pregnant, new moms, and old pros!
We meet every 3rd Weds. at Attainable Health Chiropractic in Point Pleasant.
(There's no cost--we're here to connect, support and empower!)

Our Next Meeting: 5/21/08

Join us on Wednesday, May 21st as we discuss: Postpartum--what comes next! This aspect of motherhood is so often overlooked! We'll be talking about the things you don't expect and how to make life easier during the weeks and months after you give birth. If you've recently had a baby, this is the perfect time to bring your baby, meet other new moms, and share your experiences!
May 21, 2008
Attainable Health Chiropractic, 2109 Bridge Ave. Point Pleasant, NJ 08742
All are welcome to this free meeting!

Our April Meeting + Library

  • Thanks to all of you, our April meeting was a great success!

    We are also very excited about our new and expanded Lending Library. (Dar a Luz Members have unlimited and free access to the entire Library!)

    Pregnancy, Childbirth & the Newborn by Penny Simkin

    Birthing From Within by Pam England

    The Doula Advantage

    Transformation Through Birth by Panuthos

    Gentle Birth Choices by Barbara Harper

    Hip Mama Survival Guide by Gore

    Whole Parenting Guide by Reder

    Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Karp

    Baby Signs by Acreddo

    Womanly Art of Breastfeeding

    The Ultimate Book of Breastfeeding Answers by Dr. Jack Newman

    *The Visual Guide to Breastfeeding on DVD by Dr. Jack Newman

    More books and DVD's are on the way! Many of these books are not available at public libraries and for less than the price of 1 book, you can join Dar a Luz Network and read as many as you like!