Whether you’re dealing with an infant who won’t nap or a profession that needs to be shifted after the birth of a child, there’s a wealth of information and assistance available online. Here is a list of the most useful internet resources for mothers that will help you make the most of your pre and post-baby journeys.
Moms need help in a variety of stages of their lives, whether they’re trying to conceive, pregnant, or taking care of a newborn after delivery. The support of friends, family, and coworkers can be invaluable, but in some cases, even if that support is only provided digitally, it can make all the difference.
Increasingly, mothers can turn to the internet for help. Parents and mothers who are unable to leave their houses because of the coronavirus pandemic have found that technology has been a lifesaver. However, as with anything else on the internet, figuring out which websites you can rely on can be a challenge. It’s our hope that this list of resources will help you make the most of your pre and post-baby journeys.
For expectant mothers:
There’s a distinct dialect associated with delivery—meconium? Attending a class may assist with the mucus plug. You should look for a book that covers all aspects of pregnancy, including childbirth, breastfeeding, and caring for a newborn.
Tucson Medical Center’s tutorial can be found on its TMC HealthCare YouTube channel, and there are many more available online: Try the recipes Belly Bliss or Homegrown Families. Classes typically range from $150 to $400. Even the responsibilities of a doula (like providing guidance during contractions) can be handled remotely on the big day. We communicate with you via video call or through an earpiece.
Doulas may help new parents learn how to diaper and swaddle their babies, as well as connect with them emotionally as they adjust to their new roles as a mother and a father. In my opinion, remote care is the most effective method of delivering assistance because it allows us to come to you. You’ll receive weekly video chats and 24/7 texting for around $5 a day. The National Black Doulas Association is also a fantastic place to find Black doulas across the country.
Postpartum Support International offers free online support groups for postpartum and pregnant women who are coping with perinatal mood disorders. Learn to deal with your emotions in a judgment-free environment.
Some postpartum advocates who have also been through the same difficulties lead the Bloom Foundation for Maternal Wellness’ Mom Support Group sessions. Therapy for Black Girls, an organization dedicated to increasing the availability of mental health services for Black women, is another option for women of color.
A group called “Mothers: After Dark” offers a safe place for mothers of children ages one and older to talk about the difficult aspects of parenting, such as sex after kids and disciplinary failures, with a moderator ($50 per session).
Women looking for work can find it at The Mom Project, a job-listing network that connects them to businesses that value work-life balance with flexible schedules and part-time opportunities. In addition to résumé coaching and consultations for women returning to work after taking time off to care for a family, Après provides job postings from organizations that understand the unique obstacles that working mothers confront.
There’s also Lauren Smith Brody of New York City’s The Fifth Trimester, who charges $300 an hour to help new moms work out a workable schedule with their workplace or find a child care center that works for them both.