Strong Mamas, Thriving Babies is a new program proposed by YANAM2M for local hospitals to create the support all new moms deserve. As a new, innovative program, the attention to the mental health and well-being of moms in the fourth trimester will change our society as a whole.
Let’s be honest, moms make the world go ’round. We are the directors of where commerce happens (we do the shopping), we guide and direct our family’s mood on a daily basis and we are the ones who create community. But we are expected to create human life and then after we give birth, we are given very little support. We attend a six-week check-up (while baby is attended to monthly) and are told to “let me know if you don’t feel well.” Let’s be honest, sometimes we don’t even know what that means. We don’t understand that the way we are feeling is normal BUT we could also benefit from help and support. THIS is why Strong Mamas, Thriving Babies is needed.
Our program will connect moms who give birth within the same month with each other and create a peer-to-peer support system where moms will feel supported, heard and NORMAL. This will create a natural support system that will last for years. There will be an in-person AND online portion to this support.
Moms will also have the opportunity to connect with a program director who will have resources and community supports available if moms are in need.
Our program also includes a 3, 6, 9, and 12-month postpartum phone call. This is a mental health check-in on MOM. This is where moms will feel validated and heard.
Moms will also be offered a support person (a non-judgemental mom who has “been there, done that” and be that support that so many moms don’t have (especially in Colorado, where most people are from other states).
We have heard over and over again by moms of older kids, “I would have loved this when I had my babies” and “where were you when I had my babies?” We are here NOW!
All funds raised at the Strong Mama Gala will go towards program expenses and the support systems support moms.