Whether they be virtual or in-person, there is a wide range of support groups available to new mothers. Finding a group that is a good fit for you is important, and while it may take just a little effort on your part to try out some groups in your area, the return is invaluable.
You’ll be able to share the joys and challenges of being a new mom with others – all of whom are walking your walk – and who are there to provide support, friendship, advice, tips, or simply the gift of having a great sounding board when you need one.
Finding Support Groups in Puget Sound
Not sure where to start? We’ve put together a list of some of the support channels and groups in our area!
Nurture Seattle provides new parents with an experienced parent mentor who is trained to support them. As noted on their website, “Our superpower is supporting people during the early transition to parenthood. We match any Greater Seattle Area parent who is between their third trimester and six months postpartum.” Simply visit their website, fill out a questionnaire, and you’ll be matched with a mentor who will check in with you via text every week until your baby’s first birthday!
If you’re looking for a virtual meetup, PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support) offers their “Adjusting to Parenthood” support group every Friday from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm via Zoom. “Adjusting to Parenthood is a support group that offers additional support for the emotional changes and challenges of adapting to parenthood. It offers a supportive environment in which the full range of postpartum experiences is welcomed, and the everyday realities of being a new mom are understood. If you could use a little extra support in addition to your PEPS Group, consider attending one of these drop-in sessions, which are facilitated by professional therapists.” Click this link for more information.
BEAM is for moms only (no dads, grandparents, or nannies) and is a fun-loving group of moms ranging from 20 to 50, all of whom enjoy getting together and planning fun activities. Most of the meetings and activities are oriented for pre-school and toddler ages since they spend time with mom at home; however, siblings are always welcome.
Is new motherhood turning out to be more challenging than you anticipated? Are you experiencing the symptoms of postpartum depression, anxiety, or even anger? You are not alone. If you’re looking for postpartum support, visit Postpartum Support International and get in touch with the Washington chapter. You’ll find invaluable support and helpful information that will get you back on track.
FIT4MOM Bellevue & Mercer Island is a wonderful network – dedicated to helping moms stay in shape and live healthy lifestyles, all within the framework of a Mom-for-Mom support network. They offer gym classes, mommy-and-me fitness options, as well as support and education for moms who want to aspire to optimal health and well-being. Click this link to view their schedule and find a class that is right for you!
MOPS is a worldwide organization that has been around since 1973. As stated in their mission, “Here at MOPS, we gather and support moms. We believe in the simple but revolutionary idea that remarkable things happen when moms come together.” MOPS offers both group meetups in-person and digitally in addition to the Moms Unscripted podcast and MOMCON, a convention dedicated to moms taking place in Nashville from September 9th-11th, 2021.
The Peanut app was created as a way to connect women across fertility and motherhood. There is an opportunity to meet other moms, start group chats, learn from and contribute to community posts, and form groups. “Peanut provides access to a community of women who are there to listen, share information, and offer valuable advice.” The Peanut app is available for both Apple and Android.
Facebook Support Groups
With a quick search on Facebook, you may be able to find support groups for moms right in your own backyard! Here are a couple on the Eastside.
Are you looking for a team of OB/GYNs who will provide support throughout your pre-and post-natal journey? Contact us at Overlake OB/GYN.