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.
Postpartum Doula FAQs
A postpartum doula is a specially trained and experienced professional who provides non-medical support, including lactation coaching, to a new mother directly following the birth of a child. A postpartum doula provides evidenced based information on things such as infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, mother–baby bonding, infant soothing, and basic newborn care.
As your postpartum doula, I am there to help a new family in the first days and weeks after bringing home a new baby. Research shows that moms, dads and babies have an easier time with this transition if a good support team is in place. Postpartum doulas are typically hired to provide this type of support for anywhere from a few weeks or a few months.
Having a one-on-one experience with a postpartum doula is a wonderful and helpful way to get in the moment experience you can’t necessarily learn from books or classes. From breastfeeding support, giving baby their first bath to providing coaching along the way, working with the right doula for you and your family is an intimate connection and reliable resource that can help ensure an easy transition.
A birth doula is a woman trained in childbirth who provides, physical, emotional support during labor, birth and the immediate postpartum period.
A postpartum doula is a woman trained to care for the new families in the first weeks after birth providing household help, advise with newborn care and infant feeding. She may also help with sibling care, run errands and provide light meals. Your postpartum doula should offer non-judgmental guidance and provide emotional support.
This is a very common question but there is a great difference between the two roles.
A baby nurse generally will only attend to the new baby.
A postpartum doula is hired to support the whole family. She will help the new mom with whatever is necessary to keep the house running smoothly while also tending to her physical and emotional needs. A postpartum doula may also help guide the rest of the family so that they learn how to support the mother in her role with her new baby.
The following are things I can help with during my visits with you:
- Making sure you eat throughout the day. I can assist with meal prep, snack prep, and stocking your fridge and nursing station to make things easier for you when you are alone with baby. - Neatening and organizing the nursery or other areas of the house.
- Holding, or caring for baby while you nap or shower.
- Guidance and hands on tips on newborn care for you and your partner.
- Setting pumping schedules if you will be nursing and returning to work
- Guidance and resources on childcare in the area and how to find the kind that works best for your family.
- Tips on breastfeeding and resources for support in your area.
- Tips on how to communicate your needs to family members and partner.
- Emotional support.
- Help coping with baby blues, resources for support groups.
- Parent counseling and guidance. We can talk about changes in roles, how to make you and your partner feel comfortable working together and sharing responsibilities.
- Tips for your partner and how to bond with baby and support mom during this healing time.
Families should welcome the help that their family and friends can provide. However, family members who are not up to date on the latest research on various issues related to birth, infant feeding, and postpartum period may give outdated advice. Sometimes conflicting advice from well meaning family members can often leave new parents confused and not sure of the decisions they now have to make. As a trained doula and professional, I am able to provide the resources needed for families to find the answer to questions, and answers that will best support their family’s needs. I am also trained in breastfeeding support and can assist in preventing problems before they arise.
We can talk about what is most important to you. I typically work with families anywhere from 2-6 weeks unless the family desires to extend their time or when there are extraordinary circumstances (twins, difficult birth, c-section, single parent, etc).
I typically offer an in home consultation where we discuss your wishes and vision for birth and postpartum. We discuss what type of arrangements you will have for postpartum assistance aside from mine if you choose to hire me (in laws, mother, other family, nanny, baby nurse) and go over any thoughts or concerns.
During our consultation, we will also thoroughly discuss your needs, baby’s needs, and your parenting preferences. My main focus is always to nurture the family with particular attention to the mother.
Our hours can be scheduled at your liking with evening, overnight, or daytime options and a minimum of 4 hours per visit and 12 hours per week.
I collect the first week’s service payment upon signing our contract.
*Any unused hours can be donated but not refunded.
The majority of clients pay for care directly, or are given the care as a gift. In some cases, insurance companies do reimburse you for this care, so each family should contact their insurance company to see if they are covered. While I do not provide third-party billing, I would be more than happy to provide invoices for my service to you, so you may get the benefit of your insurance should they cover postpartum doula care.