Working to connect with metro moms
Molly Snyder is founder and co-president of Metropolitan Moms.
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NEW YORK (CNN) -- Feelings of isolation and detachment can often plague new mothers who are used to the workforce.
Fortunately, modern mothers now have several options available to reacquaint them with a world beyond feeding schedules, diapers and formula. The women in charge of Metropolitan Moms, Molly Snyder and Dara Rosenberg, discussed with CNN their opportunity for New York City mothers.
Q: Where did the idea come from?
Snyder: It was basically just through my own experience of having a child and feeling really disconnected from the outside world, and feeling a lack of intellectual stimulation, and wanting to get out and explore New York, but not knowing where to start. And I found that there were a lot of moms out there like me who felt the same way.
Q: Tell us the types of things you offer as part of the service.
Rosenberg: Well, there are three types of classes. The first is the mom and baby class ... and we offer two types of "moms-only" classes. One is a contemporary art class where each week we do galleries, auction houses, private collections [and] corporate collections. ... Another type of "moms-only" class, we call "moms-only mix." And that has cooking classes, wine and cheese tasting.
Q: Do you find that a lot of people attending your classes are former professionals?
Snyder: I think I would say that 90 percent of the people that are in our classes had or still have serious careers. A lot of them are on maternity leave. Some of them had serious careers and found that they couldn't juggle both, and they decided to take some time off.
Q: How long are the classes and what are they like?
Snyder: It's about an hour and 15 minutes to an hour and a half [for] our mom and baby classes. And the guide basically lectures throughout the entire class and ... it's almost like any adult education class that you would take, but you have your baby.
Rosenberg: There's also an optional lunch ... and that is a great way for the moms to just connect and talk. [To] talk about what they had just seen, or talk about the [baby's] feeding and the sleeping and everything else.
Q: So "Metropolitan Moms" creates a social environment?
Snyder: Exactly. It's supposed to put another topic of conversation on the table for the moms. So that they can go out to lunch and they can talk about, "I didn't get any sleep last night," and, "How are you getting your baby on a feeding schedule?" But they can also say, "You know, wasn't that exhibit so interesting? And what did you think about it?" And "Are you going to come back?" ...
So, it's sort of giving moms the feeling that they are current and they are out in New York and exploring New York. And that they can talk about something other than just the sleepless night they had the night before.
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