Raising a newborn is one of the most challenging, vulnerable, and beautiful experiences in life.
In this support group, we will create a space to openly share, witness, and respond to the emotional experience of being a new parent. Each meeting will include a mindfulness exercise, educational material, and a discussion of the weekly topic. Members will have the chance to respond to each other, cultivating a community of support and connection. Members are expected to attend every session, to actively participate, and to contribute to making the space safe and non-judgmental.
Weekly topics include:
- Birth stories: Sharing our stories of giving birth. Discussing hopes, expectations and how it went.
- Navigating a new role: Exploring identity changes after giving birth and the joys and challenges of parenting.
- Bonding with your baby: Exploring attachment and the emotional challenges and rewards of being a parent.
- Parenting Values: How we were raised and our parenting values.
- Body changes, Sex and Intimacy: Navigating body changes, appreciating our bodies, and exploring intimacy post-birth.
- Postpartum Support: How we care for ourselves, reflections on the group.
Feel free to bring your baby or come alone
About the facilitator
Caitlin completed the doula and postpartum doula workshop through Birthingway College of Midwifery. She provides therapy at Peace Health Family Medicine to a variety of clients including postpartum people, exploring a variety of issues such as attachment, identity, parenting values, communication, body image, and sex. She is completing her degree in Marriage, Couples, & Family Therapy at Lewis & Clark College.
In her work as a doula and a therapist, Caitlin enjoys forming trusting relationships with families, and providing non-judgmental support, and encouraging meaning-making and insight through thought-provoking discussion. In her free time, Caitlin enjoys reading, hiking, and writing plays.