Hear from new parents that have taken our classes and groups.
“I started going to mom’s group exactly one week after my daughter was born. I had a rough labor and an even harder recovery, and I needed support from women who knew exactly what I was going through. It was a breath of fresh air being able to count on this meeting each week.. Lorraine always says we need a “tribe” to raise children and that a lot of women miss out on this due to moving away from family, not having a close knit circle of friends, etc.. and she is SO right. Having a place where I could come and talk about all of it, the good, bad, and ugly of new mom hood, was invaluable to me as a new mom and I’m not sure how I would have gotten through those first few months without it. It was a safe place I could go to not only get out of the house, but to be able to lean on Lorraine and other new moms while I got my bearings and worked through all those first time mom issues and emotions. I would highly recommend this class, especially if you don’t have a strong network of female support around you. You cannot even anticipate the questions you will have, the emotions you will go through, or how isolating it can be at times. I truly looked forward to going to this group each week and felt that it helped boost my confidence in being a mom. I now have a group of friends that I meet with each week that I met as a direct result of this group, that have become my “tribe,” and I’m really appreciative of Lorraine for giving us that opportunity to meet and connect. I feel that the support I had from this group and the friendships I’ve made because of it have made my journey much less overwhelming and for that I’m truly, truly thankful.”
“Going to the new moms group was an incredibly impactful experience for me as a new mom. Connecting with an understanding and supportive group of women who are all navigating very similar life changes at the same time helped me tremendously. We laughed together, we commiserated, we offered help when needed, and we cried together. Every single week. Lorraine does a great job sharing her expertise with new moms in a way that is still very respectful of the fact that only YOU are experiencing daily life with YOUR baby. The variety of perspectives that she helps you work through is so important, as every baby (and every mother too) is so very different. The knowledge Lorraine shares is incredibly helpful and she never makes you feel bad for your choices. In fact, she makes everyone feel really welcome and accepted.
I have met many remarkable women through the new moms group and many months later, some of these women are good friends of mine. I highly recommend Lorraine’s new moms group. The support you will receive from Lorraine and the other new moms is nothing short of life changing in the very difficult first year of your baby’s life.”
“The mindfulness class and practice really helped me in a variety of ways.
The breathing and kind thoughts of “this too shall pass” and “one wave at a time” really kept me going through the laboring process. As I was wearing down and beginning to consider changing my birth plan, I kept thinking of how we had practiced in class that this wouldn’t last forever and trying different ways to cope with the intensity. In fact, I kept talking to myself about it being intense, not painful.
The other big influence it had on me was allowing me to be open and non-judgmental when it came time for our birth plan to be re-evaluated. I had made Justin swear to not allow an epidural no matter how hard I begged, but he thankfully didn’t listen to this in the moment. When I decided that this wasn’t going to improve and my odds of sleep were slim, I began to consider what I could do to help myself and baby stay calm and not stressed. I know had I not gone through your class, I would have held out and not gone for the epidural, telling myself I could do it and judging myself as weak for considering to give in.
In terms of parenting and partnership, we’ve definitely come a long way thanks to your class. We both still get wrapped up in things from time to time, but we’re doing better about taking a step back and examining the situation and emotions. This was something I was really worried about going into parenting because we both have such stubborn personalities, and we have a hard time listening to the other person in the heat of the moment. I know this is something we’ll always be working on, but being able to stop and listen to the other person – or take a break and come back to a situation – has really done wonders for us. Thank you for everything, Lorraine!!”
“This group has so much heart, support, and wisdom, that I don’t know what I what have done without it. It was the thing I MOST looked forward to every week. So special. Go, just go.”
“Moms group has been a grounding place in the midst of a tremendous and joyful life change. I leave each week feeling encouraged and supported on this journey of motherhood by connecting with other moms. I’ve also loved the super informative guest visitors on various health and well-being topics.”
“… I can honestly say that mindfulness has been a game changer for me. I have not been worried at all this week, had a very good night’s sleep last night (would normally be unheard of before any procedure), had the tiniest of nerves going in…and I was more relaxed than I ever could have imagined through the procedure.
Mindfulness has just really helped me to reduce anxiety before these events and focusing on the breath and the sensations through the procedure was really empowering for me because I just felt like it was all ok and I could get through it.
I feel like my brain is shifting from automatic panic and uncontrollable fear to an awareness and acceptance of the truth – ie this is not a particularly nice sensation and I might not like it but it is what it is and I can handle it. That is hugely liberating.”
“Learning and practicing definitely helped me approach contractions with curiosity and appreciation and relax in the rest moments.”
“I look forward to the middle of the night wake ups. It gives me a chance to breathe with my son.”
“I can honestly say that I didn’t experience a moment of fear and I think it’s because I was able to stay with every single moment. This class was the perfect way for me to prepare for labor especially as I think back to how terrified I was at the thought of giving birth when I first found out I was pregnant!”