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Volunteers lead Newborn and Second Time Around groups. All are facilitated peer support groups with parents and babies attending together; though formats vary slightly according to the child's age.

"The little people have a lot to tell us, if we listen carefully with our eyes, ears, hearts and an open mind. They help us learn who they are and how to care for them!"
- Debra, PEPS Group Leader

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Newborn

Babies aged 0-4 months at the start. Meetings rotate between group members' homes and are 2 hours long. About 60% of Newborn groups meet in the evenings or on weekends and usually include 7-8 couples and 1 or 2 solo parents, all attending with their babies. Roughly 40% are daytime groups and usually involve 8 - 12 primary caregivers and babies (one parent attending).

Second Time Around

Parents with second babies in the 0-4 month range can attend Second Time Around groups - very similar to the Newborn program, except that the infant has an older sibling who does not attend. Meetings rotate between group members' homes and meet in the daytime for 1.5 hours. One parent, usually mom, attends with the newborn and discussion topics broaden to include welcoming a new sibling into the family. Sessions run for 11 weeks, and a typical group size is 6-10 families.

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