New Moms’ Social Hour
Frequently Asked Questions:
"What do you consider a “new” mom? My baby is ___ months/years old, am I still a “new mom”?
You’re a new mom if you consider yourself to be one! My training as a doula, childbirth educator and lactation counselor is with expecting and brand new (first few months or so) parents, but as a mom of 2 bigger kids, I understand that the need for support and community doesn’t end. I always look forward to meeting whomever shows up, and we will figure it out together.
What can I expect to happen at one of these events?
It’s pretty laid back. Basically we gather in a sort of circle (as much as is possible with crawlers/walkers in attendance!) and go around and introduce ourselves. I like to ask moms to share one thing they are proud about—for themselves, not something their kid can do, necessarily—and one thing they are struggling with. That usually is enough to spark conversation, but if it lags, I have a few conversation starters up my sleeve.
I have a baby and a toddler (or two). Can I bring them all?
If you’ve got no one to watch the older ones, then by all means, bring ‘em all! There are toys available for older siblings to play with, but you’ll be responsible for supervising them and then wiping the toys down with a disinfectant wipe and putting everything back when y’all are ready to go.
Can dads come? Or grandmas?
Yep. But everyone who comes should be 100% fine with moms who choose to breastfeed without a cover. As long as you meet that criteria, then the more the merrier!
Can I come if I am pregnant?
YES. It would be an excellent use of your time.