When you mother the mother,
she is more available to mother her infant.
Birth is a time of major transition, and every family deserves the support of its community when a new baby arrives. With all the joy and excitement that accompanies the birth of a baby, there can also be isolation, a sense of being overwhelmed, exhaustion, and, sometimes, postpartum depression.
Did you know:
- New mothers usually leave the hospital 24-48 hours after giving birth.
- Extended families are often no longer available to offer consistent and needed support.
- Bonding and attachment are essential for a baby’s development.
Providing support for families with newborns is hardly a new idea. It has been a way of life the world over for millennia. However, in the last twenty-five years the support provided by extended families has changed as more and more women are working away from the home, and families in our mobile society often live far from each other.
Many Mothers, as a free, volunteer, community-based support service, is the 21st century version of the extended family, and is available to any family with a newborn regardless of income level.
New research on women and stress, such as the study by Laura Cousino Klein, PhD, demonstrates the effectiveness of woman-to-woman interaction. The natural stress reliever oxytocin is released when women are together. When acts of service are incorporated stress is further reduced, providing the mother the opportunity for healthy bonding with the baby. The Many Mothers program of women-to-women care is a practical reminder that women have always known how to support each other during major transitions and is designed to ensure that new mothers are afforded every opportunity to appropriately attach to their infants.
“I believe we are all agents of change. I think each person makes a difference.” ~Anne McCormick, Many Mothers Founder