parent Support
and Education

Parenting is both rewarding and challenging. As parents ourselves, we understand that parents need support.  Share your struggles and successes as a parent in a safe and supportive group led by Gail Root. Weekly discussion topics will include:

  • Sleep for parents and children
  • Nutrition
  • Developmental Stages
  • Discipline
  • Parent/Child Relationships
  • Birth and Postpartum experiences/support
  • Anything else on a parents mind

$10 donation, No pre-registration needed; Children Always Welcome.

Have you considered the decisions you can make prior to getting pregnant that support an emotionally healthy baby? Gail Root will share information and resources to help you prepare for conception. 

$25 per person/$40 per couple

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Babies have remarkable skills even in utero and learn even more after birth. Join Gail Root on an exploration of the amazing things your baby is learning and already knows.

$25 per person/$40 per couple


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All attendees must Pre-Register. 

THE CONSCIOUS PARENT - 4 week class series
A guided workshop based on the book by Shefaki Tsabary, The Conscious Parent. This book reflects an innovative parenting style that recognizes the child's potential to spark deep soul-searching leading to transformation in parents. Instead of merely being the receiver of the parent's psychological and spiritual legacy, children function as ushers of the parents development. 

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All attendees must Pre-Register. 

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Gail Root

I have worked with families for over forty years in a variety of capacities.  I graduated from UC Davis in 1971 with a degree in Child Development.  Then headed to Georgia with my military husband and taught special education and preschool.  With many moves in the ensuing years, I always found ways to connect with parents.  The need for support was very evident to me when I had my children in 1977, 1980 and 1982; we moved seven times in seven years.  I created playgroups and baby-sitting coops each place we lived, so that connections could be created. I also became a Bradley Childbirth Educator in 1979 and taught classes from my home for the next 30 years.

When we moved to the Mojave Desert in 1983, it was very clear to me that more support was needed for families! I started a weekly mom’s group in an empty space the Army Community Services program provided for me as well as wrote a “Welcome Home” information booklet for women who birthed at the post hospital(there was no information given to women in those days upon hospital discharge!).

La Leche League had long been a support system for me when my children were young and in 1985 I became a leader , cherishing the time I spent with families helping with breastfeeding  for 11 years. 

In 1985 my family settled in Monterey and became civilians; I had informally been with women as a birth doula , then I started “After the Stork”, a postpartum doula service that was perfect for my new mom schedule; kiddos in school for a few hours a day!  I also began teaching parent education classes with a friend.

The classes, through the local Adult School, grew and blossomed to a program that, 26 years later, has served over thousands of families and is an award winning program and model for supporting families.

I also became the first non nurse IBCLC, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, in our area and with a friend  opened “TLC- Tender Lactation Consulting” in our community- a small business that offered breastfeeding consultations, pump rentals and boutique supplies.

A life long goal of attending grad school was achieved in 2010 when I obtained my M. A. in Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health from the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute.

My latest continuing education experience arrived in December, 2011, with the birth of my first grandson!


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Weekly Parent Support Group

 Thursdays 10:00 am -11:00 am


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