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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.

The 2020 pilot will be offered as a 6-week series, 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: Roles and Parenting Partnerships
    • Week 3: Self-care and Perinatal Mood and Anxiety
    • Week 4: Managing Work and Family Life
    • Week 5: Child care - from Daycare to Babysitters
    • Week 6: The 4th Trimester

When: There are multiple meeting series to choose from.

Sessions for expecting parents to attend solo or with a partner:

  • Thursday from October 15 until November 19, 2020 at 7 – 8:30pm
  • Tuesdays from October 27 until December 8, 2020 at 7 – 8:30pm (no meeting on November 3)
  • Mondays from November 30 until January 4, 2021 at 7 – 8:30pm

Sessions for expecting parents to attend solo:

  • Thursdays from October 1 until November 5, 2020 at 7 – 8:30pm
  • Monday from November 9 until December 14, 2020 at 7 – 8:30pm

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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