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"The Mom's Place"

A drop-in support group open to any mom-to-be, current mom, or mom coping with loss of a child.

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In no more than 3 sentences, please tell us who your idea is designed for and how it reimagines the new life experience.

This idea is designed for any expectant mother, mother of a child <1 year, or mom coping with a loss of their child through childbirth, miscarriage, premature birth. It is based on the support group model, with dedicated spaces for each mom dependent on which situation of life they find themselves in. It will piggy back on current models of health care support and public services such as libraries, shelters, health care clinics, and community centers.

This idea came up from Kate's thought starter "Circle of Care". I am building on Kate's idea of:

"Pairing a pregnant mom and a mom together for support on a one-to-one or in small groups in a clinical setting supported by healthcare providers (HCP) or in an informal setting to support the mom from conception to 1-year postpartum."

I would like to add support for mom's who may be mourning loss of their child.

Kate's idea reminded me of my own experience in a support group that I participated in as a new mom called "The Mom's Place." It was a free support group offered to me as a patient of PAMF. The Mom's Place was led by a lactation consultant, who also happened to be a mother of 5 children, so it was an incredible resource for me to explore as a new mom. There was no pressure to attend, I received free advice on how to breastfeed my son and take care of myself, and I got to share tips and empathize with other moms who were going through the same new life process. 

The support group also had 2-3 weighing stations so that you could check your baby's weight each week you attended. 

My idea would expand on The Mom's Place, and extend to expectant moms and moms in mourning. 

- Provide a small group setting in either clinical or informal setting with leadership/support from a HCP (critical).

- Break up support groups categorically, based on current life situation of the mom (i.e., expectant, postpartum). Schedule weekly meetings at a community location (hospital, library, community center) led/hosted by HCP. 

- Weekly topics to cover, resource materials, will need to be prepared, decided upon by HCPs.

- Hopefully, expectant moms will join and stay engaged to 1 year postpartum. As these moms become more experienced, they can give back to the group of new moms.

-The role of the HCP is to provide 1) leadership/engagement of group, 2) a clinical resource for referral to more specialized services, 3) maintain quality of care.

At what stage is your idea?

  • Back of the Napkin Sketch: I came up with this concept and would love support in making it come to life!

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

Set up an informal meet up for expectant moms at a local community center and enlist the help of a volunteer HCP to lead the support group. The HCP will need to prepare back up topics to share/discuss as an icebreaker.

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

If anyone would like to take this idea and run with it, please feel free! Guidance from any HCPs who are specialized in women's health, reproductive health, psychology, holistic care. Those affiliated with non-profits, shelters, low-income services who can tell us what resources/services are in-need by those who can't afford critical care.

Tell us about your work experience:

Currently a stay-at-home mom, former health care provider, previous work experience in print publication, e-commerce, online content management.

This idea emerged from...

  • An Individual

Are you an expecting, new, or experienced mom?

  • yes

Are you a healthcare practitioner?

  • yes

Are you a current employee of UCB Pharmaceuticals or Sutter Health?

  • no


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