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Mothers with little children get support by counseling and caring at own home.

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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.

For mothers with babies and little children (at least until the age of 5) - often with special needs - who are sometimes banned to stay mostly at home and therefore often don't have the social network that would help them getting along with daily life and actual problems. They urgently need someone to talk to & help them practically in their daily life locally in their home - regularly, as a form of midwife, but not only for the first weeks / months (as it is undertaken by the health insurance).

Nowadays mothers with babies / young children live quite separated - many of them in big cities - with lots of people around but nevertheless feeling lonely since they're mostly banned home nursing / feeding their babies, changing diapers, bathing their beloved ones, cooking, watching over their children's sleep etc. It's a day filling job so that going out of the house often means making a round to the store in order to get groceries and then going back home (to the carceral of solitude). If the mother wants to have some kind of personal contact, she needs to go somewhere outside the house which is often quite uncomfortable, esp. during the winter. But sometimes also they don't know where to go since mother's problems are different from the lifestyle of the rest of the world... Fathers (if there at all) often work hard and long in order to sustain the family financially so they come home late or only on the weekends. Grandparents not rarely live some place else far away or already are at the stage of life where they need help themselves so that they're not a reliable part of the familiar system to support. This kind of life can lead to social loneliness and excessive demand, even though this is a period of time in life where help, counseling and practical care for women / mothers would be most needed... 

For that reason I would like to install a financially supported platform that offers affected mothers - free of cost - educated helpers (such as pedagogues, social workers, counselors, therapists and many more) in their region who come and visit the young mothers with little children maybe once a week for counselling, caring, playing with the child(ren) etc. While the mothers don't have to pay for that help, the helpers should receive financial compensation so that they can do that work with even more joy while they can pay the costs of their proper lives. Often - that is to say - it is the same category of people (women / mothers) that do that kind of social sometimes voluntary work who at some point of life have had equal experiences as the clients, namely getting a child and being thrown far behind the men's business world. While men who just became fathers mostly still remain in their old jobs, women / mothers for the love to their children often stop their career so that they have to start right at the beginning sometimes with lower jobs and less money. It would be just fair to pay the same kind of group of people for the wonderful work they do helping people that they just well understand...

Another idea would be to create this kind of professional helping network at least virtually via an internet platform for counseling mothers / women with special needs that pays professionals for "listening" and counseling...

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?

I could write an announcement in the internet or the newspaper with that offer - but only if I know that there will be financial support.

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

marketing skills, setting up internet platforms, financial support.

Tell us about your work experience:

I have studied social work and pedagogigs and became a systemic counselor, have worked with problem families, have counseled people (also via internet), have cared for children in school and while I had own family worked with family oriented projects and young children...

This idea emerged from...

  • An Individual

Are you an expecting, new, or experienced mom?

  • yes

Are you a healthcare practitioner?

  • no

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

  • no


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