New Moms’ Groups
This is the place where you can be real: messy, and unshowered some days, energetic and fresh-from-the-gym other times, deeply inspired one week and filled with doubt the next. Moms’ Groups are the place to sort it out and to find like-minded women in the same life-moment. Some of the people you meet here will be friends for life.
Four Thursdays (11-1) in Columbus Circle: (new series starts each month) at City Births, 370 W 58 St.
Four Wednesdays (2-4:00) in Tribeca: (new series starts each month) at Pregnancy & Parenting, 54 Warren St.
Six Fridays (11:30-1:20) in SoHo: (this group is for Bowery Babes members; please contact me directly at meredith (at) amotherisborn (dot) com.
No matter the location, our focus is on the way that being a mother — not just having a baby — shapes your day and your life.
Can I bring my baby? Yes!
Can I ask questions about breastfeeding? Yes, although this is not only a breastfeeding group, the topic of breastfeeding often comes up! I am an IBCLC and can give perspectives on the nursing relationship. There is also a digital scale in Columbus Circle and in TriBeCa if you wish to weigh your baby. However, this group is not a place to get one-on-one clinical support, and if it seems that’s what you need, I’ll suggest we chat afterwards about working together.
What if I’m not nursing? Will I feel left out? No! — the group is for moms, regardless of feeding method. One of the benefits of a moms’ group is learning that in real life, if not online, people get along and support each other even if they are not all doing the same thing.
What do we do in a moms’ group, anyway? Here are some topics:
- dealing with crying and fussy behavior
- establishing routines
- getting your body back
- co-parenting with your partner
- "myths" of motherhood
- sex and intimacy and parenting
- feeding, and sleep issues
- dealing with parents and in-laws
- coping with normal new mom anxiety and doubt
If I’m going back to work, is it worth it to come? Yes! A new moms’ group is an introduction to a wonderful peer community. Being around other mothers will help you get your bearings in the transition to parenthood. Some stay-at-home moms will continue month after month, and some of the moms who return to work will continue with the working moms’ group, but at the outset, you’re all starting in the same place.
Can I come to more than one location? Yes, you can join more than one! Many moms do! But you have to register for each group separately with the host organization.
What if I really can’t get out of the house but have lots of questions? Joining a group is best, but for moms who can’t, I do private parenting consults on these issues as well.
Look at all these happy moms and babies!