The transition to parenthood can be a challenging time. Many pregnant and new parents experience a roller coaster of emotions during this adjustment, ranging from excitement, joy, & wonder, to confusion, fear, sadness or disappointment. Typical adjustment can take up to two weeks, however when emotional challenges last beyond that, it can be appropriate for a different approach to support and/or treatment.
For 10-20% of new parents, having a new baby doesn't feel the way they'd hope, and they may experience feelings of sadness, isolation, failure, anxiety, resentment, guilt, shame, anger, or depression that don't go away. They may also feel a lack of attachment or connection to their baby. This is true of birth parents AND partners.
Our Parent Collective support group are for pregnant and postpartum parents to offer emotional support to those experiencing perinatal mood and/or challenges, or difficulties with the transition to parenthood. They also allow participants the opportunity to share their experiences in a non-judgmental atmosphere with other parents who understand. Parent Collective groups are not group therapy, but peer support groups that allow participants to share their truths, learn about perinatal mood complications, and receive resources and information. In addition, this is a great way for new parents to grow their own "village", with other parents that truly understand.
This group is facilitated by Lindsey Burns, LPC who has facilitated pregnancy and new parent groups since 2016. Lindsey continues to marvel at the magical healing that can occur in the context of being witnessed and honored by other parents. Lindsey is also a mother to two elementary aged neurodivergent kiddos, who teach her much, all the time.
The group is appropriate for any mother or birthing person who needs support, to vent, to process, to hear other women and birthing person’s stories, and to learn that we are all in this together. Expectant parents and parents with babies in arms are welcome. We have toys and space for crawlers and walkers and we welcome children 3 years and younger to the Parent Collective. We do not offer childcare services. Partners are encouraged to attend.
The suggested cost to attend the Parent Collective is $10 per group per person, however no one will be turned away due to inability to pay. Pay what you can, if you can. Cash, check, and credit/debit cards are welcome.