After over ten years of running Mothering Groups we’ve learned that every person’s experience of becoming a mother is different, but the unexpected challenges, emotions and questions that arise with this new chapter affect everyone. Stress and isolation are common, and particularly present for new mothers living in poverty, struggling with substance abuse, or living with domestic violence. Far too often, women in rural communities like ours do not have the support they need to successfully transition into motherhood.
Mothering Group provides part of this critical support system. Based on the PEPS model, Mothering Group works to increase a family’s resilience by building knowledge and skills, reducing stress, and fostering trusting connection with others. New moms are connected to solid parenting resources and are encouraged to learn from each other, share experiences, and ask frank questions.
One new mother reflected:
“In such a small community it is hard to have privacy. When experiencing hardships, it can be extremely isolating as you don’t want the entire Valley knowing your struggles. This was my experience as a first time Mom with severe postpartum depression: I told no one. I was frightened to leave the house, so nervous to go in public with my screaming baby, if anyone saw me, they would see my failures. The only place that I would go was Room One.
I felt like if I could get from my front door to Room One, I would be okay. The Mothering Group gave me connection, practical skills and knowledge, the kind of information that a mother or grandmother would pass along. I have neither in my life, so I looked to Room One for tricks for nursing, how to make informed decisions, and so much more.”
Call Room One to learn more about Mothering Group: 509-997-2050.