When you think of parenting classes, is your first thought learning how to address your baby’s needs or your own? Given the child-focused way parenting is addressed in our society, the answer is rarely the latter, but LOOM, a new community hub in L.A., is aiming to change that.
The company’s mission is to exist as “an inclusive, inviting and judgment-free space for both birth and non-birth outcomes.” To fulfill this mission, LOOM offers group classes, individual coaching, doula services and cultural events that are structured along seven pathways: considering, expecting, loss, parenting, wellness, movement and therapy and events. The parenting pathway serves parents of children up to 24 months of age. Additional services include working with a fertility coach, acupuncturist, loss doula, pediatric massage therapist and couple’s counselor.
LOOM’s Mid-Wilshire location (5259 W. Pico Blvd.) is an inviting minimal modern design by Wall For Apricots that is free of blinking toys, board books and play mats. The space fits squarely into its parent-focused feel with a pastel, plush décor that invites relaxation, focus and meditation. At its recent grand opening, we met founders and industry leaders Erica Chidi Cohen and Quinn Lundberg for a tour.
“We want to incorporate the whole person along the entire reproductive experience. Whatever emotional experience you are having is what we want to discuss and try to dismantle together as a community,” says Lundberg.
If you’re unsure of which classes you’d like to join, visit LOOM’s free “Mother Mornings” the first Saturday of every month. The mothers-only meetup is an informal gathering where LOOM team members help answer parenting-related questions. Another series of free community events called “The Hang” takes place every second Saturday. It is open to the whole family. The hub is offering its annual membership for $95 (regular $200) for a limited time, through December. For more information visit www.thisisloom.com.