I am on a mission to support women and mothers. I don’t know if I have ever felt this passionate about something. Why? Because as a new mother myself, I did not feel supported. This is what led me to start Hello My Tribe in the first place.
I often reflect back on my pregnancy and initial postpartum period. I would have done things very differently with what I know now. I would have invested more in myself as I transitioned from woman to mother. There was so much focus on the baby and the birth, that I almost completely forgot about myself. I didn’t know better.
A few years into motherhood, I learned about Partners in Parenting (PIP) from some girlfriends. PIP operates parenting groups in Austin, TX to remove the isolation of parenthood. PIP uses a proven approach to connect parents near one another. Their unique programming, led by volunteers, allows members to share in the highs and lows of parenthood. My friends who have participated all report positive, life-changing experiences.
PIP is expanding their community programming to now offer prenatal groups. During this 4-week series that is virtual due to COVID-19, expectant parents will learn how to prepare for the 4th trimester.
The prenatal group weekly topics include:
- The road to parenthood and the 4th trimester
- Navigating postpartum recovery
- Doula care + feeding 101
- Preparing for your 4th trimester and childcare.
This specific pilot program is currently free and registration for upcoming groups is now available.
Can you imagine if everyone had access to this type of support? Ninety-six percent of PIP alumni report that they have a community to support and advise them. And they now have people nearby who they can call on to help in an emergency. These statistics tell a very important story. As one PIP mother shares, “If it wasn’t for that group, I would have been lost.”
PIP is an extension of The Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS), a highly successful program serving families in Seattle for over 30 years. Both PIP and PEPS programs are rooted in the research-based Strengthening Families framework. This framework establishes five protective factors that are critical to the family unit’s well-being. These forms of support are: social connections, knowledge of parenting and child development, concrete support in times of need, and social and emotional competence of children.
In addition to the new prenatal group, PIP also offers groups for newborns, babies, and second time around parents. Financial aid is available to ensure every family has the opportunity to join a PIP group. If you don’t live in Austin, Texas, look for a PEPS Group in your community.
Join a free prenatal group now.