Are you expecting your first child or are currently a mom to little ones? Are you a single parent or very isolated from family and friends? Having women in your corner who understand the challenges that come along with pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and raising children is incredibly valuable to all. Research shows time and time again that adequate support in a woman’s life increases the rate of healthier birth experiences, healthier post-partum journeys, and being a healthier, happier parent.
Support can look like virtual and in-person peer support groups, play dates, day care information, Mom’s night out gatherings, finding a therapist that specializes in women’s health, and more. If you’re wondering how to become more connected with support, here are a few helpful tips.
First, start with where you are located. Each county, city, and state have their own unique supportive options. Support can be local to your immediate area, or all over the globe. I recommend starting with local options, which can allow you to meet more individuals in your area and make lasting connections.
Second, be open to meeting new people. I know it can be uncomfortable at times to put yourself out there, but the reward is often far greater than the fear. It never hurts to have a mom in your corner that you can share a play date or a cup of coffee with. Even better if they can relate to what you’re going through and offer encouragement, a listening ear, or even a “me too” moment.
Lastly, become involved with ongoing support. Join organizations, become a member of a local interest group, volunteer your time, and go to local support meetings. Consistent, on-going support is a fundamental part of being a healthy parent.
If you are a mom or a mother to be in the Winchester, Virginia area, here are a few great places to start.
Resources For All:
- MOMs Club of Winchester
Activities, social gatherings, and support aimed at engaging stay at home Moms and their children. For more information, check out their website at: www.momsclubwinchesterva.webs.com
- MOPs of Winchester and Front Royal
In-person and virtual support groups for mom’s with young children. For more information check out their website at: https://www.mops.org/groupsearch/
Resources for Post-Partum and Infant Loss Support:
- Post-partum Support Virginia
Support groups for pregnant, post-partum, miscarriage, infant loss, and military families. For a full calendar of all of their meetings, both local and across the state, visit their website at: www.postpartumva.org/support-groups
Whether you’re looking for information, encouragement, or friendship, support is out there waiting for you. Need help figuring out what support is right for you or wondering if you need more support than local support groups can provide? Give us a call. We can help.