In other parts of the world, new mothers are surrounded and assisted by other women who help and share their knowledge. However, in our contemporary society, traditional support systems, including extended family, are less available. Thus, new mothers may find themselves alone, or relying on a partner who is also a new parent. Among mental health professionals, it is a well-known fact that socially supportive relationships are a cornerstone of a healthy functioning family. Parents benefit from relationships that provide stability and an emotional outlet New mothers groups can help in establishing this vital community of support. In addition to the emotional and educational support this group offers you can benefit by connecting with other new moms, developing new friendships, and diminished feelings of isolation. These unique relationships among mothers often continue on as your children grow up and develop into playgroups and informal support networks.
New Moms Groups FAQs
Our group is facilitated by me and all topics are carefully thought out in advance based on the information I receive on your registration forms and during our phone call before our first meeting. Moms get to know one another on a deeper level and bond sincerely on a wide variety of issues. We discuss the joys and the challenges and support one another without having to worry about judgment or feeling insecure about decisions. I guide our conversations and always ensure that everyone is comfortable and content with topics discussed. Our group enables moms to open up about the changes and challenges motherhood brings and through tears and laughter, moms leave the series feeling more relaxed and confident about their parenting and new role as a mother. The key to building true friendships lies in the sincerity behind what is shared in the conversation with the person. Our group creates a comfortable environment allowing mothers to bond closely on issues that may be difficult to discuss elsewhere. Together we address concerns or thoughts that come up through these 6 weeks of building the support network around us.
Our meeting facilities may vary from time to time based on availability. I always look for quiet, baby friendly, stroller friendly, and nursing friendly places.
Yes. There is an elevator in our building and space for stroller parking as well.
Your baby might cry, fuss, need a change, or feeding during our discussions. Don’t feel anxious! We are all mothers and our babies always sound the loudest to us when they cry. Should this occur, just tend to your baby’s needs as you normally would and don’t worry about interrupting and do not apologize for your baby’s cries. If you wish to use the nursing room to calm your baby or take a short break, you are welcome to do so.
Absolutely! Cover or no cover- breastfeeding is perfectly fine. Most mothers will feel completely comfortable nursing in front the group with no reservations by the second session and beyond but do what makes you feel most comfortable.
Bring a small notebook and a pen. These will be used for taking notes and tips you might find helpful from others and also for short writing exercises we will do from time to time. A blanket for your baby to lay on and a light snack and water for you.
Our group is small and intimate with only 5-10 moms and their babies. Small groups are most comfortable and allow for maximum interaction between moms.
In order to keep our group members comfortable, only registered participants are able to attend our meetings.