Inside The Learning Studio

Did you know select Destination Maternity superstores have Learning Studios inside? (Find a location near you.) Our Learning Studios offer a great selection of pre- and postnatal fitness and educational classes for moms and moms-to-be.

Meet Tara Poulin of Birthing Gently at our Natick, Massachusetts Destination Maternity Location.  We recently chatted with Tara about where her interests as a Childbearth Educator began and why she loves working with moms-to-be in our Learning Studio.

 

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1. What do you love about teaching educational classes like Breastfeeding, Newborn Care, Childbirth Classes and Hypnobirthing at Destination Maternity?

Teaching in a supportive & friendly atmosphere, along with the ability to teach these classes in a smaller group size to our students are by far the most enjoyable pieces. From an instructor’s perspective the students feel more comfortable & relaxed.

2. How did you come to teach this type of program, what is your background?

As the founder of “Birthing Gently” I began a relationship with Destination Maternity about seven years ago; it has continued to grow and develop over the years, allowing us to offer a variety of classes. I am a birth doula for high-risk women in the Boston and NYC area, a birth doula trainer, founder of “Birthing Gently” and mother of five children.

3. What do moms and moms-to-be enjoy most about your classes?

The feedback I receive from our students is that they love having a sense of continuity, such as knowing that after class, on break or weeks later, our instructors will take the time to answer any questions they may have or help them to connect in the community for support services. The students also love our instructors’ ability to present information in an unbiased way, allowing the families to feel supported no matter what their choices or views are surrounding all topics.

4. Why do you like teaching at the Destination Maternity Learning Studio?

The learning studio is modern and up-to-date, the staff is friendly, and the room itself is welcoming and comfortable for new moms, allowing them to create a comfortable space during class. It also allows for a little shopping on breaks, before and of course after class. Who wouldn’t love that?!

Find a Destination Maternity Learning Studio location near you!

British Brands We Love: Hudson Jeans

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Hudson Jeans are known for their their body-conscious fit, high quality craftsmanship and signature triangle flap back pocket with the iconic Union Jack logo. With a “London edge meets L.A. glam” aesthetic, Hudson Jeans have become a celebrity favorite as well as a must-have for moms-to-be. With the addition of our patented Secret Fit Belly®, expecting moms can wear the same great styles from Hudson that  they loved pre-pregnancy.

In honor of our British Invasion, a celebration of the best in British Style, Hudson Jeans Denim Specialists will be coming to select A Pea in the Pod and Destination Maternity stores to help moms to be find the perfect fit! Try on a pair of Hudson Jeans and decorate your own British-themed baby bodysuit! Join us at the following locations:

Destination Maternity, Madison Avenue: 28 E. 57th Street * New York, NY 10022

Saturday April 5, 2014, 12pm-5pm

Find your perfect fit with a Hudson Jeans Denim Specialist and decorate a British-themed baby bodysuit for your little one.

*No purchase necessary. Limit one per customer.

Destination Maternity, Paramus: 35 Plaza *65 East Rte. 4 West * Paramus, NJ  07652

Friday April 4, 2014, 1pm-6pm

Find your perfect fit with a Hudson Jeans Denim Specialist and decorate a British-themed baby bodysuit for your little one.

*No purchase necessary. Limit one per customer.

British Brands We Love: butter™ LONDON!

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butter™ LONDON is the authority in fashion-forward nail color. Worn by models on runways around the world, butter™ LONDON is Great Britain; inspired by rock and roll, self-expression and the beauty of creativity. In addition to their unparalleled assortment of bold, stunning shades, butter LONDON nail lacquer is formulated without harsh chemicals such as Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, phthalates or parabens. Destination Maternity offers 10 stunning new colors, a nail foundation and top coat, plus their signature Body Lotion and soothing Balm that will keep you glowing throughout your pregnancy.

In honor of our British Invasion, a celebration of the best in British Style, butter™ LONDON will be providing free mini-manicures at the following locations:

Destination Maternity, Madison Avenue
28 E. 57th Street * New York, NY 10022

Friday April 4, 2014, 3pm-6pm

Destination Maternity, Paramus
35 Plaza *65 East Rte. 4 West * Paramus, NJ 07652

Saturday April 5, 2014, 12pm-3pm

We look forward to seeing you there! Check out our other exciting events happening at a store near you.

Bonnie Marcus Holiday Tees

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This year, celebrate the holidays in style with one (or all three) of our fabulous collection of Bonnie Marcus tees. Available exclusively at our Destination Maternity® and Motherhood® Maternity stores as well as online at destinationmaternity.com and motherhood.com, Bonnie Marcus is renowned for her fashion-forward illustrations that have graced everything from invitations to iPhone covers.

“I am truly thrilled to bring our chic and fashionable illustrations to the world of Destination Maternity,” says Bonnie Marcus, owner of the Bonnie Marcus Collection. “The sparkling shirts are the perfect gift for the holidays and will truly make a woman feel fabulous during such a special time in her life!”

The affordably priced tees – each at just under $30 – feature one of three festive themes including the Holiday Dress Maternity Tee, the Holiday Couple Maternity Tee and finally, the Holiday Gift Maternity Tee. The chic designs coupled with a flattering fit make these a must-have this holiday season.

Shop the entire Bonnie Marcus Collection at Destination Maternity!

Inside the Learning Studio

Did you know select Destination Maternity superstores have Learning Studios inside? (Find a location near you.) Our Learning Studios offer a great selection of pre- and postnatal fitness and educational classes for moms and moms-to-be.

Meet Paolina, a prenatal Pilates instructor at our Madison Avenue Destination Maternity location. We recently chatted with Paolina about her love of teaching, techniques and why she loves working with moms-to-be in our Learning Studio.

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 1.        What do you love about teaching prenatal fitness?

I love teaching prenatal fitness because I remember being afraid that after pregnancy I would never look good again. I felt out of control because there were so many changes, but when I exercised, I felt so much better. Pregnancy is a wonderful time when you can honor your strength as a woman and feel complete mastery over your body and what it can do.

2.        How did you come to teach prenatal fitness, specifically Pilates?

When I started teaching Prenatal Pilates, there was no such thing. In fact, there was a whole lineage of Pilates teachers who felt that pregnant women should not even try Pilates! But, I thought, “why in the world not?”  I figured out how I could do Pilates while I myself was pregnant – my favorite pieces of equipment are Big Balls for abdominal work, and Thera-Bands, which create resistance.

3.        What poses or exercises do moms-to-be enjoy most?             

“Mermaid” gives you a great side stretch. Sit on a big ball, legs apart and knees even with pinky toes; while keeping your weight even on your sit bones, stretch to the side, reaching one arm above the other arm. (Use a band between your arms to create tension.)

“Supermom” is a balance exercise, which has you sitting on a ball, lifting your arm straight in front of you while lifting the opposite leg as you exhale and brace your torso. Your body will feel steady and straight at the same time.

“Chest Expansion” has two people facing one another (each sitting on a ball); a Thera-Band is crossed in front with one band in each arm. Keeping the arms straight, pull the band to your side so that that it is level with the front of your ribs; you will feel the burn in your triceps, mid and lower traps and by keeping your spine still, your core.

4.      Why do you like teaching at the Destination Maternity Learning Studio?

It is one of the most creative ideas I can think of, and a great way to reach out and inspire people to work out! It is a wonderful surprise to the client if they go into Destination Maternity to buy maternity jeans, and then learn that there are amazing classes taught there.

Find a Destination Maternity Learning Studio location near you!

Isabella Oliver at Destination Maternity Launch Event!

Destination Maternity® recently celebrated the launch of Isabella Oliver Maternity at our flagship store on Madison Avenue in New York City. Customers shopped the Isabella Oliver collection while enjoying sweet treats from Baked by Melissa, and learned the latest tips and trends from an Isabella Oliver style ambassador. Take a look at the  photos from the event below and shop the collection here.

Isabella Oliver Trunk Show Event at Destination Maternity NYC

Join Us in NYC!

EVENT: Isabella Oliver at Destination Maternity NYC!

Live in  the Greater NYC area? We’d love to see you there! RSVP here.

Exciting News! Jessica Simpson Maternity Expands.

Exciting News! Jessica Simpson Maternity Expands

Jessica Simpson’s Maternity Line expands for Spring into over 800 of our stores.  The announcement coincides with more great news from Simpson: her second pregnancy.  We are so happy to be teaming up with Jessica again!

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