Social isolation can be a risk factor for postpartum depression and/or anxiety. So, what seems like a ‘social outing’ or an ‘unnecessary expense’ is actually fulfilling an important role for mothers’ and fathers’ well-being by reducing stress and strengthening social bonds. With a new parent support group you will:
- Make new (possibly life-long) friends
- Be part of and/or create a new community
- A great opportunity to get out of the house
- Get support and tips / validation from peers
- Collaborate on topics and cover topics relevant to the parental postpartum period and newborn stages.
The people in your new parents group become the people who you can share the highs and lows of parenting with. As the babies grow, you’ll be able to swap notes, trade information, and see friendships form. Plus, in a pinch, you’ve got a group of people who might be able to pitch in and babysit!
Optimal timing for joining a new parents group: 3-8 weeks postpartum
All new parents groups are led by an experienced facilitator who will help in creating a supportive and non-judgemental space.
Babies under 6 months are welcomed and encouraged, breast or bottle fed.