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.