The Midwives of New Jersey are committed to providing opportunities for women to connect and learn. Our Wellness Workshop is a monthly gathering of like-minded mothers intended to create connection and personal relationships in a time of social media disconnect.
These free meetings are held once per month and children are welcome. Speakers are invited to present information that encourages a healthy lifestyle and family wellness. Our Wellness Workshop is a place where new mothers can care reciprocally for one another and become confident guardians of their family’s health.
Why a Support System is Key for Moms
Building a community and a support system through physical connection helps to improve overall emotional and physical well-being. Mothers who have support systems are shown to be less stressed and have a more positive attitude and overall behaviors. Infants also benefit from the social interactions due to the impact the support has on the mother’s well-being.
As women become mothers, entering a new, unknown world can at times be scary. This is especially true for first-time mothers. With instant, easy access to blogs and social media, women may falsely believe that they can meet their social needs online but this generally leads to more isolation. Having an opportunity to get out of the house to be with friends without needing to pay for the activity or childcare is often difficult to find.
Being in a supportive mothers group can help women on their own journey to feel more confident in their decisions they are making for their families. Through shared experiences, women can learn to feel comfortable following their own intuition and become proficient in their abilities to care for their new babies.
Research has found that although mothers should have the naturally occurring support of family, it is equally just as important that mothers be part of specific group support systems where their emotional needs are recognized and met. We often have speakers come to our group to inform us on varying parenting and health topics, but there is always time for discussion with other mothers. Please come join us and “find your tribe” of women.
Who Should Attend Our Monthly Wellness Workshop?
All women are welcome including expectant mothers, new moms, experienced moms, and kids. Come join us & bring a friend!
Our Wellness Workshops are offered in our Madison office the first Saturday of the month and in our Hackettstown location the third Saturday of the month from 10-11am.
What Have We Been Talking About?
- Fitness for Moms
- Herbs and Health
- Pelvic Floor Therapy
- Babywearing Social and Cookie Exchange
- Kids and Oral Health
- Organizing for Today’s Families
- How to Get your Kids to Eat More Veggies
- Gratitude Workshop
- Back to School Cooking
- Breast Cancer Prevention
- Nurturing Your Child’s Creativity
- Posture and Positioning: Birth to Sitting
- Posture and Positioning: Sitters to Walkers
- Homebirth Social
- Positive Parenting/Discipline
- Ergonomics for Postnatal moms
- Mothers Market
- Holistic Prevention in Cold and Flu Season
- Screen Time & Media
- Baby and Toddler Sleep
- Grow Your Own Food
- Essential Oils for Proactive and Preventative Healthcare
Social Support, Infant Temperament, and Parenting Self-Efficacy: A Mediational Model of Postpartum Depression. Carolyn E. Cutrona and Beth R. Troutman, Child Development, Vol. 57, No. 6 (Dec., 1986), pp. 1507-1518