Crescent City community photo gallery for Feb. 19, 2015 _lowres

Photo provided by ZukaBaby -- From left are Amanda Devereux, of Nola Nesting; Erin Pelias, of ZukaBaby, with her daughter Cersei; Gregory Giangrosso, representing Jefferson Parish Council member Cynthia Lee-Sheng; and Jennifer Macias, of the Greater New Orleans Breastfeeding Awareness Coalition. Giangrosso holds a proclamation acknowledging Pelias' efforts to make ZukaBaby a valuable resource for families in Jefferson Parish.

BREAST-FEEDING SUPPORT: Mothers will find breast-feeding support and a relaxing place to nurse in the midst of a busy shopping district at the Nola Nesting Mothering Lounge and Breastfeeding Center, upstairs at 3248 Severn Ave., Metairie.

The lounge is inside ZukaBaby and is a project of that store and Nola Nesting, a New Orleans-based doula company that provides pregnancy, birth and postpartum services.

“Once families leave their birthing hospital, finding the breast-feeding support they need is not easy, particularly for working mothers. So we set out to give our community something that it desperately needed,” said Nola Nesting founder Amanda Devereux.

For more information about the Nola Nesting Mothering Lounge and Breastfeeding Center, visit or To learn more about the Greater New Orleans Breastfeeding Awareness Coalition, visit

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP: Dr. Jayaraman Rao, an emeritus professor of neurology at the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans, will be the guest speaker when the Big Easy Fleur de Lis Parkinson’s Support Group meets from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, in the Esplanade 1 Room of the Conference Center at East Jefferson Hospital, 4300 Houma Blvd. Metairie.

This support group for people with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers, family and friends meets from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the last Monday of each month. There is no fee. For information, call Bonnie at (504) 905-6355 or send email to

OSTOMY SUPPORT GROUP: The Greater New Orleans Ostomy Support Group meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of April, June, August, October, December and February at East Jefferson General Hospital, 4200 Houma Blvd., Metairie. The next meeting will be April 14. For information, call (504) 454 4941.