Women become mothers and that role greatly shifts the understanding of who they are and what their purpose is. It can sometimes be a subtle shift, but other times it can feel like an earthquake that rocks them back and forth until they collapse. Life shifts, friendships dwindle, and they're left with a screaming infant, toddling toddler, or independent preschooler. Women may look back and wonder what happened and where their support system went as they journeyed through this transition from woman to mother.
Baby Moon was founded on the principles of community and support because we want women to know they aren't alone. We offer classes from pregnancy through parenthood and we seek to uplift moms at every turn. After seeing a need in our community, we've partnered with The Birth Haven to bring friendship, support, and community to Lexington. Woman to Woman was a group founded by The Birth Haven as a means to connect those pregnant, as well as those who had recently had babies with each other. Beginning Next Thursday, January 19, 2017, Baby Moon will co-host Woman to Woman at 8:00pm and continues do so on the first and third Thursday's of each month. In opening this event to the public, we hope to connect women to each other, share triumphs, commiserate with one another, and spread kindness. We hope to cry, laugh, share, and grow. Our desire is that friendships gained in this community will blossom outside of it and lasting best friends will find one another.
If you've struggled to find a place in our community, we urge you to come.
If you crave connection to others, we urge you to come.
If you have a swath of friends already and are willing to add a few more, we urge you to come.
If your struggling to make it through your day, we urge you to come.
If you are enjoying every moment of motherhood, we urge you to come.
If you feel hurt and lost, we urge you to come.
Can children attend events?
As of right now babies in arms (non-mobile infants) are welcome to attend. We will eventually look into potential play groups where older children will be welcome.
What if I have a colicky baby?
Then come. There will be a multitude of hands to help you. You probably need some time to yourself, so come and let others surround you with support and love. Feel free to leave your baby at home with a sitter or partner, or bring them along. If they cry, it's okay. We're all moms and understand. We'll pitch in to give you a break if you need it or comfort you if you don't.
My kids are older, am I welcome?
At first we thought it was best to limit this, but the more we've seen women struggle in all aspects of parenting regardless of the age of children, we decided to open this up to all mothers who desire connection.
I'm pregnant/ desiring to be pregnant with no other children, can I come?
Absolutely! We welcome you.
I have postpartum depression and am worried people will look down on me, will that be the case?
Following the standards set forth by The Birth Haven, this group will be non judgmental and supportive. Feelings, frustrations, and thoughts will not be dismissed, but instead validated. Facilitators of the group understand postpartum depression, but are not psychologists. Standards of conduct will be read at the beginning of all gatherings to ensure privacy and care is taken with information shared.
What if I don't want to talk?
That is completely fine. You are welcome to skip your turn if you don't want to speak, but instead listen. We get it, and we support you. If and when you feel comfortable, we welcome you to participate at whatever level you are comfortable with.
How much is it?
Clients of The Birth Haven receive this service free of charge from pregnancy through 6 months postpartum. Community rates are as follows:
Drop in: $10
5 session price: $25 ($5 per session)
12 session price: $48 ($4 per session)
Session credits can be found HERE
What if I can't afford the fee?
Please contact Julie at Julie@thebirthhaven.com for information on a few volunteer opportunities available during sessions. This endeavor will take a lot of hands and heart to keep it running and we'd love your help if there are financial concerns.
Have other questions? Please let us know!