Being a new mom is daunting. After hosting another human being in utero for nine months and surviving labor, one may find herself wishing that all questions ended with the decision to breastfeed or bottle feed. But, that is just the beginning of many questions a mother encounters whether she is a first-time mom or a veteran mom.
“What brand of diapers should we use?”
“Is the baby too cold?”
“Is the baby too hot? “
“Is she hungry again so soon?”
“Is he supposed to have little pimples on his face or does he have some type of a rash?”
These are just a few of the myriad of questions that mothers ask themselves, especially if they are new moms, prompting many to wonder why the “+” or “pregnant” results of HPTs aren’t followed by an asterisk. For those feeling underprepared, overwhelmed and downright exhausted, there is hope. Often, women find that trusting their innate maternal instincts is best when determining how to handle the daily challenges of motherhood. However, if extra help is needed, the resources listed below help Memphis moms find the support they need:
*Baptist Memorial Hospital-Women’s “Beautiful Bundles” Meetings—6225 Humphreys Boulevard, Room D. 901-227-9873. Held every Thursday (except holidays), from 12-2:30 p.m., the Beautiful Bundles is a FREE support group for new mothers and their babies. Mothers receive medical advice from nurses trained in infant care and practical advice from other moms.” Tamara, a mother from Cordova, says “It’s great because the babies can play on the floor while you get to talk to other moms. The nurses are wonderful too.”
*La Leche League of Memphis East—St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3245 Central Avenue, 901-324-8215 and La Leche League of Germantown—The Church of the Holy Spirit, 2300 Hickory Crest Drive, 901-502-7914. www.llli.org La Leche League is an international organization dedicated to providing detailed information and consistent support to breastfeeding mothers. Their goal is to help every mother feel most comfortable in learning the mechanics of breastfeeding, such as getting the proper nutrition for herself so that she may have the stamina to breastfeed. The monthly meetings are conducted by certified lactation consultants such as Melanie Jackson-Hicks who says “
*Mocha Moms, Incorporated, Memphis Chapter—Mocha Moms, Incorporated is a national support group for stay-at-home mothers of color, though women of all ethnicities are encouraged to join. Members of the Memphis chapter uphold the tenets of the national organization which include community service and education through various programs such as participating in the American Heart Association Walk and in educational activities the members organize for children of those in the group such as field trips to the National Civil Rights Museum and the Pink Palace Museum. In addition, the mothers in Mocha Moms enjoy time together during the monthly “Moms’ Night Out” and activities such as Book Club. The meetings are held the first Wednesday of every month at the Central Library or Cordova Library (location varies based on library availability). Chapter President Sonja Butler says “ Please visit www.mochamoms.org, for more exact meeting location and for more information about all Mocha Moms offers its members.
*M.O. P.S. (Mothers’ of Preschoolers) International—M.O.P.S. has many chapters around the world, including several in the Memphis area. This organization for mothers of varied backgrounds focuses on providing support to its members, especially while their children are young. It is known that a child’s relationship with his or her mother during formative years is critical and M.O.P.S provides members with encouragement during these years. M.O.P.S. also provides a chance for mothers to meet each other and provides opportunities for play dates. To find the meeting location nearest you, please visit www.mops.org.
Although motherhood can cause a new mother to feel overwhelmed, Memphis moms can rest assure that the aforementioned resources are helpful in smoothing the transition. Over the next couple of weeks, each of the groups mentioned above will be individually highlighted. In the meantime, when all else fails, a stroller walk along Riverside Drive, near the mighty Mississippi will always lull any baby to sleep.