As a first-time mother, I didn’t know anything. I have learned so much here.
We didn’t know any other people with babies, so the support group is our way of being with other parents and letting our daughter play with other babies. I really like that!
I like hearing about the baby and other women’s experience of their pregnancy and relating it to mine.
One of the more significant outcomes of the program has been the natural bond and subsequent support networks which emerge among the women. Their friendship, created through this shared experience, has made them stronger and more confident in their role as mothers.
Sr. Carol Bauer, SCFormer V.P. of Mission Effectiveness at Good Samaritan Hospital
In this unique program, CSSMV teams up with Lifestages Centers for Women. While Lifestages offers CenteringPregnancy® group prenatal care, CSSMV’s Family Life Coaches provide parenting preparation, nurturing parenting education, home visiting, and community resource case management to help build strong life skills for baby, mom, dad and family.
Mothers Empowered is a wraparound support program, with expectant mothers receiving prenatal care in small groups with others whose due dates are in the same month. The groups meet regularly and include quality prenatal care by medical providers, plus educational and emotional supports. A Family Life Coach from Catholic Social Services is at every meeting, and also encourages parents to participate in one-on-one parenting sessions at their homes.
Prenatal Centering® groups meet monthly at first, and as due dates approach they meet every two weeks. Once the babies are born, CSSMV’s Family Life Coaches facilitate ongoing group meetings focusing on peer support and parenting education, as well as ongoing one-on-one home visits.
Mothers Empowered is a partnership among Catholic Social Services, Lifestages Centers for Women, and the Good Samaritan Foundation.
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