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Group for New and Expecting Moms

Support Group for New and Expecting Moms

The next meet up for pregnant and new moms is August 18th 2017 in Cloverdale, Surrey, BC.

While there are several groups for moms and babies, they are usually focused on the needs of babies, or child development, which is great, but what is lacking is a focus on the emotional, mental, and social needs of moms. That’s what this group is about – a chance for moms to connect socially and really be authentic about what they are dealing with, get support, and support each other. It’s great to get out, connect, and know that we are in this together. We all get the ups and downs you may be dealing with in pregnancy and in new motherhood.

 

The group will be facilitated by local Surrey Langley Doulas – me, Kaurina, and Katrina, of Cedar Sisters Doula Care. Doulas are awesome at supporting moms in a non-judgemental way, whatever your parenting or birth choices.

You can call or text Kaurina to RSVP at 604 809 3288, or sign up to the event on Facebook at  Mama Mornings : moms group meet up.

 

 

New and Expecting Moms Group in Cloverdale

A Meet Up Group for New and Expecting Moms

 

While there are quite a few groups for moms and babies, they are mostly geared towards the needs of the kids, which is great, but there is seldom space in that to discuss the emotional and social needs of moms. Expecting moms usually say they are not sure what to expect once baby is born, and seem to be at the receiving end of a wide variety of confusing and contradictory information about pregnancy, birth, baby care and parenting. New moms tend to struggle with knowing if they are “doing it right” and feel anxious if they think they are not. Btw, there is no right way 😉  Moms of young children often say they are dealing with social isolation, overwhelm, mom guilt, stress and lack of self-care and acknowledgement.

 

Having a supportive group can make a huge difference

Our moms group, Nest Nights, will be focused on dealing with common issues that pregnant and new moms are facing in a supportive and solution-oriented way. The group will be facilitated by doulas who are also moms.

The first one starts Monday July 31st, 2017 at 6pm in the Haven Midwifery Office in Cloverdale, Surrey. So if you are in the Surrey or Langley area and are expecting, or have had a baby in the last few months, RSVP me, Kaurina, at 604 809 3288.

So far, there has been a lot of interest, so we are planning to start a morning group in August for the moms who can’t make it in the evening. Another group will start in September for moms with kids who are toddlers or older. This will be held at the YMCA in Surrey and will have space for kids to move around and play.

If this is something you are interested in, even if you can’t make the first date of July 31st, give me a call and I’ll put you on the contact list, once more dates are scheduled.

Have a great day, and know that you are doing a great job!

Moms Supporting Moms – A Project Supporting Moms in Need in Surrey and Langley

Moms Supporting Moms

I started a project called Moms Supporting Moms in October 2016. It is a group of moms collecting necessities like clothing for women and their families in need in Surrey and Langley. To date we have  130 members and have donated about 70 bags (garbage bag sized) of babies’, kids’ and women’s clothes and other items such as strollers, household items, toiletries, socks, gloves, toys and much more. So far most of the items have been donated by moms in the Clayton Heights area, but we would like to expand the network of collection to other communities.

I’ve been a Birth Doula for 8 years, supporting moms in Surrey and Langley. I’ve seen many moms struggle to scrape by, doing their best to raise their families. It’s stressful enough being a mom, it’s even more stressful trying to juggle everything while worrying about if you can pay rent, and still get everything your child needs. Another reason I chose to focus on moms and their families is that children outgrow things so fast. There is always a continual supply of clothes, toys, strollers, baby stuff, and it doesn’t require people to donate money or resources they don’t already have. There are also very specific needs of moms that get missed when people think of the problem of poverty or homelessness in Surrey. We have been able to provide specific donations of maternity clothes, nursing pillows, bras, feminine products, kitchenware and other things that people don’t usually think about when donating.

The idea of the project is so simple because it is a win-win for everyone. Families are always having to declutter as they outgrow things. Now they get to make a meaningful difference locally at the same time. A lot of people drop them off at thrift stores, but why resell them when there are families in Surrey who really need items now, and can’t even afford to buy them from thrift stores?

I called up several organizations who work with families in need and discovered that they already had programs to distribute items to families in poverty or fleeing violence. All we had to do was drop them off to them. I asked moms in my neighbourhood, and the response was overwhelming. Everyone wanted an opportunity to contribute. They could declutter and help out at the same time. It was a win-win. Some moms wanted to help out more and took on collecting things from their own network of friends and driving the donations to the various organizations.

The organizations we donated to included the Surrey Women’s Centre, Whalley Family Place, Ishtar Transition House, and the Fraser Regional Aboriginal Friendship Centre Association. There was also a response to specific requests from families affected by the apartment fire in Langley in December 2016, and for winter gloves from schools that had children who could not afford that.

 

Why There is a Need

More than half of the region’s neighbourhoods with a concentration of youth living below the poverty line are in Surrey, according to the Surrey Poverty Reduction Coalition.

City council received an update Monday on how the poverty reduction plan has been implemented so far, outlining how the city’s 16% poverty rate — or 72,000 residents — is similar to Metro Vancouver’s overall, but of note is how 11 of the 20 region’s neighbourhoods with the largest number of children and youth living in poverty can be found in Surrey.

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We like to think of ourselves as a caring, civilized society, but in fact we have been tolerating and sustaining shameful levels of child and family poverty for decades. By allowing our society’s wealth to be concentrated in the hands of fewer and fewer wealthy individuals, we have allowed thousands of children to grow up in poverty that we know hurts their health and ignores their human rights. We have left families raising children in BC to face stagnating wages, precarious work, gaping holes in our social safety net, and soaring costs for essential living expenses (for example, housing, food, child care, transportation). Parents raising their children in poverty are frantically trying to keep their heads above water by working more hours or multiple jobs (if they can), going to the food bank, scrimping on their own nutrition and juggling which bills they can afford to pay each month and still cover their rent. We have ignored the injustice of the continued over-representation of particular populations of children in these dire circumstances. The most recent statistics from Statistics Canada (2014) paint a stark picture: 1 in 5 BC children are poor.

2016 BC Child Poverty Report Card

The Future of the Project

We would like the project to expand so that more people know that there are organizations in Whalley who distribute items to families in need, and that people can donate useful items they are decluttering to make a difference to Surrey as a community. I would also like to have more people who want to be leaders in this project, and collect donations of items from their neighbourhoods. The response so far has been so positive, from the people contributing, and from the organizations.

What You Can Do

  1. Join the Facebook group – Moms Supporting Moms In Need
  2. Call or text 604 809 3288 to schedule a pick up or drop off.
  3. Become a leader in the project and collect items from your neighbourhood community and drop them off to the appropriate organizations. Contact Kaurina to find out more. 604 809 3288.