Healthcare providers at Sheridan Memorial Hospital and its clinics often hear from patients about the emotional and physical challenges mothers and families experience after welcoming a new child.
Bringing home a new baby often brings joy, and sometimes new parents also experience feelings such as anxiety, sadness and being overwhelmed. These feelings can be isolating and difficult to manage.
In order to support new mothers, Sheridan Memorial Hospital has partnered with other community entities to organize Moms Supporting Moms, a facilitated peer group that will meet the first and third Wednesday of each month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Sheridan Memorial Hospital’s Primary Care community conference room, located at 61 S. Gould St. The first meeting will be Nov. 15.
This group aims to empower new mothers and improve understanding of all the feelings that accompany welcoming a new child. Facilitators will offer new ways of coping, effective discussion, sharing of experiences and an opportunity to meet other new moms.
Topics the group plans to cover include birth stories; role transitions; postpartum mood and wellness; how to keep maternal guilt from sabotaging self-care; stress management; finding time for couple/partner connection; communication with family members; how childhood experiences shape the parents we become; choosing a child care provider; returning to work; and more.
Children are welcome, but organizers ask that no family members or partners attend the Moms Supporting Moms group.
There is no fee to participate.