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Welcome to Mama Coalition

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Car Seat Recommendations

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In-Person Seat Checks

New Seat Installations & Lessons

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Presentations and Workshops

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About

We, as parents, are in the unique position to change the world. We wake up each morning and dedicate ourselves to the task of raising the next generation. We work, we hope, we second guess and we worry – about mistakes, misfortune and misbehavior. We wonder if we’ve done enough (We have. You have. I have.).  But we can do more and we will. Together.

We are The Mama Coalition.

A group of mamas committed to safer babies, more informed parenting, and a heaping helping of empowerment.  We work in our local communities to inspire collaboration and support parents and caregivers.

We believe in positive communication of information absent of judgement and fear, empowering parents and caregivers through education. At the very core of our mission is Safety, more specifically your child’s safety and your awareness of how best to protect your child in the car.  All members of The Mama Coalition are certified by Safe Kids Worldwide and follow best practice as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, and the National Transportation Safety Board.

As we looked at the needs of our respective communities and listened to our fellow mamas, it became clear that the first place we could help is/was with car seat safety.  Car seat misuse statistics are staggering.

– 72.6% of all child restraints are used incorrectly (NHTSA)
– The leading cause of death in children ages 4-14 years old is motor vehicle accidents (CDC).

The Mama Coalition would like to change the math. We’d like your help.

We volunteer on site and online to match caregivers with the ideal restraint for their child’s specifications, their vehicle, and their budget. We teach how to install your seat and then we show you how to properly restrain your child.  We educate you on the best practices for your lifestyle.  We listen to you to help you make your best choice for the way you and your family live. We answer your questions and work for honest and open communication in the best interest of your child. We are available on the fly. We are here with you, for you.

We wish this could be a free service for our communities, as we do not believe safety is a commodity.  Due to demand, we do charge a small fee for our seat check appointments.  That said, we are flexible on price and payment schedule for parents and caregivers who may need assistance. Our priority is your child’s safety, and will not turn anyone away.  If you’d like to show your gratitude, please consider a donation to the following child safety organizations: SafeKids.org  and Meghan’s Hope.

 

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Services

The Mama Coalition currently serves the following communities:

California: Marin County
New York: New York City
North Carolina: Chapel Hill
South Carolina: Charleston

Stay in touch for new service areas

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Car Seat Recommendations

For new parents, and even seasoned ones, choosing a car seat can be an overwhelming and complex purchase. When we were shopping for our first car seats, we were surprised to learn that not every seat works in every car -- in fact some seats won’t safely install in certain cars at all! Additionally, depending on your child’s age, height, and weight, certain seats may not last you very long. We can help you navigate the myriad of choices and narrow down the options that will work best for your child, your car(s), lifestyle, and your budget, avoiding the pitfalls along the way. If you’d like, we will then teach you the proper way to install and use your seat. From infant seats to boosters, we'll help you make the safest and most efficient choices for your child and family. This is a free service generally done through email, therefore not limited to our service areas.

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Seat Checks

“Can you see if this seat is in right? My husband usually deals with this, but something doesn’t seem right”. If we had a nickel for every time we’ve heard that one (no offense, husbands!). We’d be happy to double check your work - without judgement. Our single mission is to help you keep your children safe. If your seat is already correctly installed, we’ll explain why. If it’s not, we’ll walk through, step by step, teaching you how to properly install and use your seat, and teach you how to install correctly every single time. We strive to empower you to be the expert on your child’s safety. There is a small fee for this service. Please allow approximately 30-45 minutes per seat check.

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New Seat Installations & Lessons

At the end of the day, the one who should be most skilled at installing your child’s car seat, is you. That’s our goal. To educate you as the parent or caregiver, on how to ensure that your child’s car seat is properly installed and used correctly. We will meet you at your home or agreed location and review your current installation, discuss any questions you may have, and determine best practice for installation and harnessing your child specific to your car seat and your car. We will also discuss the graduation of child seats as it pertains to your child’s age and growth curve.

In preparation for our appointment, it is critical that we have both your car’s and your car seat’s manual on hand. If you cannot provide both, please let us know at least 24 hours prior to the appointment. Please also have updated stats on your child’s height and weight. There is a small fee for this service. While we may not need the entire time, please allow 60 minutes per seat.

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Meet the Team

Kira Beer

Kira Beer

Founder

Co-founder of The Mama Coalition, Kira serves Northern California’s Marin County with child safety outreach and education. Kira offers private installation and proper use lessons; car seat workshops; and supports California Highway Patrol during public seat check events. Joining Marisa as a recovering advertising executive (and New Yorker), Kira loves meeting families in her community, and seeing how willing and open parents are to learning how best to keep their precious babies safe.

Kira has a B.A. in History and English Writing from St. Lawrence University. She loves everything related to air travel (except actually flying), and much to the chagrin of her husband and kids, really loves Sade.

Marisa Echeverri

Marisa Echeverri

Founder

Co-founder of The Mama Coalition, Marisa serves Chapel Hill, NC and surrounding areas. Marisa is a recovering New York City ad exec, turned Mama who founded The Mama Coalition with Kira and Rosemary to help parents and caregivers feel confident in their knowledge of child safety.

When she gave birth to her first son, Marisa held him in her arms and simultaneously felt a lightning strike of extreme elation and intense fear. Shortly after leaving the hospital, she went to Rose’s apartment and demanded Rose teach her everything she knew about car seats, child safety and stroller folding (which continues to baffle her to this day).

Marisa volunteers her time to help families feel properly informed on all things Child Passenger Safety. This includes car seat selection and transition, installation and properly restraining the child in their restraint. She also consults on air travel.

Marisa has a B.A. in English and Textual Studies from Syracuse University and a M.S. in Mass Communication from Boston University. She loves coffee, yoga, wine and air plants. She hates snakes and touching terra cotta.

Rose Freedman

Rose Freedman

Founder

Co-founder of The Mama Coalition, Rose serves New York City with child safety outreach and education. In a fully volunteer capacity, Rose offers free private installation and proper use lessons, as well as seat recommendations for families with and without cars. When not climbing around in back seats, Rose spends time exploring NYC with her favorite guys.

Kira Beer

Kira Beer

Founder

Co-founder of The Mama Coalition, Kira serves Northern California’s Marin County with child safety outreach and education. Kira offers private installation and proper use lessons; car seat workshops; and supports California Highway Patrol during public seat check events. Joining Marisa as a recovering advertising executive (and New Yorker), Kira loves meeting families in her community, and seeing how willing and open parents are to learning how best to keep their precious babies safe.

Kira has a B.A. in History and English Writing from St. Lawrence University. She loves everything related to air travel (except actually flying), and much to the chagrin of her husband and kids, really loves Sade.

Marisa Echeverri

Marisa Echeverri

Founder

Co-founder of The Mama Coalition, Marisa serves Chapel Hill, NC and surrounding areas. Marisa is a recovering New York City ad exec, turned Mama who founded The Mama Coalition with Kira and Rosemary to help parents and caregivers feel confident in their knowledge of child safety.

When she gave birth to her first son, Marisa held him in her arms and simultaneously felt a lightning strike of extreme elation and intense fear. Shortly after leaving the hospital, she went to Rose’s apartment and demanded Rose teach her everything she knew about car seats, child safety and stroller folding (which continues to baffle her to this day).

Marisa volunteers her time to help families feel properly informed on all things Child Passenger Safety. This includes car seat selection and transition, installation and properly restraining the child in their restraint. She also consults on air travel.

Marisa has a B.A. in English and Textual Studies from Syracuse University and a M.S. in Mass Communication from Boston University. She loves coffee, yoga, wine and air plants. She hates snakes and touching terra cotta.

Rose Freedman

Rose Freedman

Founder

Co-founder of The Mama Coalition, Rose serves New York City with child safety outreach and education. In a fully volunteer capacity, Rose offers free private installation and proper use lessons, as well as seat recommendations for families with and without cars. When not climbing around in back seats, Rose spends time exploring NYC with her favorite guys.

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