Leaders Madison: Leanne Sim & Kristy Shovlowsk
Leaders Hackettstown: Jessica Mazzone & Jordan Abanico
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 Monthly Wellness Workshop meets at 10:00 am on the third Saturday of each month.
What Have We Been Talking About?
- Attachment Parenting with Kelly DiNorcia, leader of Attachment Parenting International, facilitated a discussion on parenting goals and parenting struggles. She explained what attachment parenting means and provided parenting strategies that help build a child’s security and independence. To learn more about Attachment Parenting, take a look at the additional resources Kelly provided during our meeting.Attachment Parenting: What Is Attachment Parenting? (PDF)Attachment Parenting: Recommended Reading (PDF)
- Infant massage with Ayana DaSilva taught us how to massage our baby’s feet, legs, and tummies to help alleviate gas and constipation. This is a great way for moms learn to communicate with their babies through loving touch.
- Babywearing and cloth diapering with Sara Moore from Ju-Ju Monkey. Check out Ju-Ju Monkey online at www.ju-jumonkey.com.
- Local food and farming with Kendrya Close, Director of the Foodshed Alliance. To learn more about the Foodshed Alliance, check out their websites at www.foodshedalliance.org and www.njlocalfood.com.
- Cesarean awareness with Lakeisha M. Dennis a chapter leader from the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) and Sonora Davis, a Hudson Perinatal Community Doula. For more information on cesarean awareness and VBAC support in New Jersey, please visit www.icanofnj.com.
- Raising Healthy Children (PDF) with Nurse Practitioner, Elaine Hardy, MS, RN, APN, C. To learn more about Elaine and her practice, Holistic Family Healthcare, please visit her website at www.holisticfamilyhealthcarepc.com.
- Maximizing brain function in children and boosting their immune system [hyperlink to PDF of powerpoint from meeting] with our in-house chiropractor, Dr. Tami Hartman. To see how chiropractic care may improve you and your family’s overall health and wellbeing, please visit www.hartmanchiropractic.com.
- More Business of Being Born www.thebusinessofbeingborn.com —Ricki Lake’s newest documentary
- Homebirth dads share their experience with expecting families
- Placenta encapsulation with Patrice Landon. Capsules made from your own placenta may reduce the risk of postpartum depression and increase milk supply. If you think placenta encapsulation may be right for you, please talk to your midwife or contact Patrice Landon at (202) 487-8855 or by email at [email protected].
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