SAFEchild’s Welcome Baby program accompanies new mothers on the greatest adventure of all — becoming a mom!
Home Visiting Mentor Program
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 mom who provides support that is so critical during the first year of motherhood. Welcome Baby volunteer mentors offer not just friendship, but are trained to help new moms cope with the challenges of caring for an infant. The mom and mentor meet at home or at a park, museum or other location in the community twice a month.
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 (MSM) program is a group-based companion to Welcome Baby mentor support. The peer-led and judgment-free support group, which meets weekly, provides a confidential and safe environment for sharing stories, discussing problems and seeking solutions.
The program also provides phone and online support for moms and their family members who have questions or need assistance between group meetings. Trained support [volunteers?] are available by either phone or email to help struggling mothers and their families handle many of the situations they face daily.
Any first-time mother in Wake County may join the Welcome Baby program, and there is no fee to participate. For more information about the program, either as a participant or volunteer, please contact program coordinator Michelle Putterman, a registered and licensed public health nurse, at email@example.com or 919.743.6140, ext.144.
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.