SAFEchild’s Welcome Baby and Moms Supporting Moms programs accompany new moms and their families on one of life’s greatest, and sometimes most stressful, adventures — becoming parents.
Any Wake County mom may join Welcome Baby and Moms Supporting Moms, and there is no fee to participate.
New moms are often exhausted, uncomfortable and overwhelmed caring for their infant. Welcome Baby’s home visiting program pairs a new mom with an experienced parent/mentor who provides support that is so critical during the baby’s first year. Welcome Baby volunteer mentors are trained to help new moms cope with the challenges of caring for an infant. The mom and mentor meet twice a month at home or at a park, museum or other location in the community.
For more information about Welcome Baby, contact program coordinator Michelle Putterman, RN, PHN, at email@example.com or 919.743.6140 ext. 144.
Moms Supporting Moms Program
When feelings of depression, anxiety and sadness resulting from becoming a parent linger beyond a week or two, a new mother may have a postpartum mood disorder (PMD). Research shows that women suffering from a PMD recover more quickly when they are part of a supportive social network.
The Moms Supporting Moms program offers a weekly peer-led and judgment-free support group led by trained facilitators, providing a confidential and safe environment for sharing stories, discussing problems and seeking solutions.
The program also provides phone support for moms and their family members who have questions or need assistance between group meetings. Trained volunteers are available to help struggling mothers and their families handle many of the situations they face daily. For details, call the phone support “warmline” at 919.454.6946.
For more information about Moms Supporting Moms, contact program coordinator Megan Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org or 910.262.0326.
Important note: Extreme symptoms that require immediate medical attention include hallucinations, thoughts of suicide or delusional thoughts, such as a need to hurt the baby. Postpartum psychosis is an extremely rare event that occurs in less than 1 percent of new mothers and is not to be confused with PMD. If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, call 911 or take the mother to the emergency room immediately.