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Connecting the Expecting

Connecting the Expecting

Expecting a baby can be one of the most exciting times of a parent’s life. It can also be one that is riddled with anticipation and uncertainties. The need to hold space and build connection for expectant parents facing increasing stress, anxiety, and isolation as they adjust to life with a new baby is even more critical as we navigate a global health pandemic.

This need is demonstrated in a recent Seattle Times article, where Crystal Paul did a beautiful job capturing the perspectives and experiences of expectant parents in her story, "Pregnant during a pandemic - Seattleites share their concerns about birth, delivery, and beyond".

PEPS is excited to be introducing a pilot peer-support series for expectant parents!

Expectant parents can register to attend a free, 6-week, drop-in series that will include time to share highs and lows and feature topics for discussion each week. Each session will be led by PEPS Community Connectors, trained in inclusive facilitation.

Come as you can and need. Each week is set up as a stand-alone topic, so we would love to see you return each week for the entire duration of the program, and we understand if you cannot.

In this pilot, our organization will be using the program to learn and adapt, striving to make this an ongoing series, and to continuously enhance the curriculum. Be sure to participate in the pre- and post-program surveys!

Program Details

Who: This group is for expectant parents and their partners. Adoptive parents are also welcome to attend the one or two parent option.

What: A pilot peer-support meeting series for expectant parents.

This series will be offered as a 6-week, drop-in sessions, with no cost to registrants, and will meet virtually.

Here are the discussion topics that will be covered:

    • Week 1: Preparing for Baby's Arrival
    • Week 2: Parenting Partnerships/Roles
    • Week 3: Managing Work and Family Life
    • Week 4: Self-care/Perinatal Mood and Anxiety
    • Week 5: Childcare - from Daycare to Babysitters
    • Week 6: The Fourth Trimester

When: There are two different meeting series to choose from:

  • Tuesdays from July 14 until August 18, 2020 at 7 - 8:30pm
    Six sessions for one expecting parent to attend solo.
  • Thursdays from July 16 until August 20, 2020 at 7 - 8:30pm
    Six sessions for expecting parents to attend solo or with a partner.

Where: In the comfort of your own home! All groups are currently being offered virtually. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link, with a password, to maintain privacy and security of the call.

Interested in joining an upcoming session, solo or with a partner? Fill in an interest form to be contacted for the next available series.

Interested in registering for a PEPS group once your baby arrives? Learn more about which PEPS groups might be right for you, along with locations and dates here.

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