New Parents’ Support Group

The New Parents’ Support Group is offered for those who are in the area and are able to attend in person.  The New Parents’ Support Group was created to provide a supportive environment in which new mothers and fathers can come together in a small group setting to discuss all of the issues that accompany new parenthood.  On each issue discussed, a wide range of views and approaches will be explored, with an emphasis on the need for each mother to find and follow the child rearing style that is right for her particular family.   Discussions loosely follow the topics outlined below, but priority is always given to the needs and interests of the participants on any given day.  Information on additional resources to access is provided as well.

  • Becoming a Mother
    • Differences between Expected and Actual Birth Experience
    • Adoptive Mothers Tell Their “Birth” Story
    • Dealing With Disappointment
  • Breastfeeding/Bottlefeeding
    • Differences between Expected and Actual Breast/Bottlefeeding Experience
    • Breastfeeding Problems and Successes
    • Bottlefeeding Problems and Successes
    • Conflicting Information and Advice
    • Pressure from Others and From Within to Feed in a Particular Manner
  • When Two Become Three: Adjusting to Changes
    • Adjusting to Lifestyle Changes (Sleep, Chores, Leisure Time)
    • How to Talk With Your Partner in a Constructive Way
    • Division of Household and Childcare Tasks
    • Finding Time Together as a Couple
  • Crying, Colic, and Health Concerns
    • Crying During the First Few Months
    • Techniques for Soothing Babies
    • Colic and Strategies for Coping with it
    • Emotional Reactions to Persistent Crying
    • Additional  Health Concerns that may be Relevant
    • Assessing Satisfaction with Pediatrician
    • How to Talk with Your Pediatrician
  • Sleeping Like a Baby
    • Babies’ Sleep Patterns
    • Co-sleeping/Crib Sleeping
    • Approaches to Teaching Babies to Sleep through the Night
  • The Emotional Roller Coaster
    • Am I Normal?
    • Anger, Guilt, Joy, and more
    • Exhaustion
    • Post Partum Depression – When To Seek Help
  • One Big Happy Family . . . Or Not: Issues with Parents, In-Laws, and Extended Family
    • Establishing Boundaries and Setting Limits
    • Balancing the Families
    • Dealing with Unsolicited Advice
    • Knowing When to Accept Help
  • Finding Balance
    • Balancing Needs of Baby, Self, and Spouse, as well as Household and Workplace
    • Sleep, Exercise, Nutrition, Relaxation, and Fun
  • Work and Childcare
      • Deciding Whether or not to Return to Work
      • Evaluating How Much Work to Take on
      • Negotiating with your Employer
      • Determining what Childcare Arrangement is Best for You
      • Various Childcare Options and How to Find Them
      • Assessing Satisfaction with Childcare
  • Raising Children in a Multi-Cultural World
      • Integrating Your Spiritual Beliefs with How You Raise Your Child
      • Participating in More than one Religion
      • Multi-Ethnic and Multi-Racial families
      • Non-traditional Families