Women’s Wellness of New Jersey wants women to have the very best and healthiest relationships possible, including the important roles as mother and wife.
Why Should I Attend the MotherCare Class Series?
Becoming a mom is an incredible, life altering experience and it is normal for moms to feel lonely, confused, overwhelmed and unsure of their role. In fact, approximately 15% of women experience depression after childbirth, and 12-15% will experience postpartum depression/postpartum anxiety. Even a distressing birth experience can produce symptoms of psychological trauma.
However, these conditions are treatable and only temporary with the right support and professional help. Research has demonstrated that counseling and support decrease the chance of developing depression, and promotes psychological equilibrium.
Social support is a buffer to postpartum symptoms. The very fact that women are overwhelmed, tend to isolate themselves, and are stressed in areas such as finances, relationships, or complications during and after pregnancy put them at risk. The MotherCare class offers guidance and navigation through this delicate postpartum time.
I found the Mother Care class to be an invaluable experience. After reading many books, etc, I still felt so emotionally unprepared for this new life who was so dependent on me. It was a lifesaver to have our group leader and the other moms to talk to and share experiences with.– Paula
About the MotherCare Class Series
Our MotherCare Class is a 4 week class designed to provide encouragement and support for any mom who has had a baby within the past year. Our MotherCare Class series provides social support, coping techniques, and encourages women to build self-confidence as a woman and mother so that they are able to decrease the risks of depression, anxiety, and postpartum depression. The MotherCare Class fosters positive relationships between other women with children the same age and offers clinical guidance through the postpartum period. It is a safe place to discuss and validate normal experiences in motherhood. As a woman’s role and family dynamics change, our class will provide them the tools required to find balance and confidence.
A sample of the topics discussed include:
- Changing relationships
- Stay-at-home moms and Working moms
- Healthy coping strategies and BabyWearing
I wasn’t sure what to expect with the Mother Care Class and almost didn’t go, but I am eternally grateful that I did decide to go because it was incredibly helpful to me at a time when I was overwhelmed and needed encouragement. The class served as a therapy session for me as well as a way to benefit from hearing other mother’s stories and suggestions. Our group leader was a wonderful facilitator and provided a comfortable and relaxing environment for the group.– Tammy
Who Should Attend?
Any mom who has had a baby in the past six months, first time moms, and moms of multiple children are welcome to attend this class. Our class schedule is as follows:
Monday Evening – 7:00 pm – 9:00pm (every other month)
Our classes run in 4 week long sessions, with new sessions beginning every other month in Hackettstown and every month in Madison (see our calendar page for specific dates). Babies are welcome to attend.
Our MotherCare Class Leaders
Veronica Curran and her husband, Frank, are the parents of three children. She is thrilled to be able to be part of the Mothercare Class with Women’s Wellness of New Jersey. She has a passion for connecting with other mothers as she has been a first time Mom and a Mom of several children. She has faced challenges with breastfeeding, sleep issues, returning to work, and juggling the needs of multiple children. She feels that it is important for women to talk about the joys and challenges faced in Motherhood so that they can feel normal and have a safe, judgement-free outlet for their fears, successes and questions. She is also a Nurse Practitioner with the Midwives of NJ, providing Preconception and Gynecologic care to women of all ages.
Sharon Kulawiak and her husband Rob have been working with the Midwives of New Jersey for over 12 years. The midwives caught Sharon’s 4 children and subsequently brought her on board 3 years ago as their Wellness Advisor. Sharon is excited to share her journey through motherhood and connect with other moms as they experience all the emotions, joys, frustrations, guilt that are all part of this new season of their life. Sharon has a passion for empowering women with a healthy mind, body and spirit. She believes the MotherCare program is a beautiful social outlet for moms to share in a relaxed, safe environment.