Lets be honest, pregnancy and early motherhood can be tough. The mums of today are inundated with of advice from all angles. Be it the millions of books we are meant to read or our old frienemy Google, who so often does more harm than good. Be it our well-meaning friends and family who are a little out of touch. Not to mention our Instagram and Facebook feeds that can so easily skew our view of what pregnancy and parenthood will be.
Now, more than ever, it can be hard to find a forum to speak openly and honestly and feel understood without judgment. The new-found fears and the overwhelming anticipation and excitement of pregnancy and early motherhood can be an underestimated and under-appreciated challenge. The combination of sleep deprivation, hormonal fluctuations, and loneliness, on top of the huge responsibilities of caring for a newborn can sometimes leave mothers feeling overwhelmed and isolated, or maybe just a little lost.
This is where Bump & Beyond steps in, a program committed to connecting new mums with a network to help guide them and support them through this time.
Yes, some supports already exist. Our current health system does its best to support first time mums, however, the demand is high. Some new mums wait in limbo for up to 6 months to finally gain a spot in their locally assigned CaFHS program. For some people, that can mean 6 months of navigating life with a newborn without the support of a tribe around to help, without the reassurance that they are not alone.
What’s the difference between a CaFHS mothers group (government run) and a privately-run Bump and Beyond program?
CaFHS Mothers Groups
5 week program length, with an introduction session week 1 and a conclusion farewell session week 5, leaving only three information sessions for mothers to participate in.
Nurse facilitated. Your group facilitator is a nurse who will run information sessions on chosen focus topics over the duration of the course.
Often limited number of suggested services or providers.
Some areas have a long wait times due to waiting lists, meaning you could be waiting up until 5 or 6 months before hearing if you got a spot or not in your local group.
Bump and Beyond Mothers Groups
10 weeks in length, which is a nice amount of time to connect with other mums and build a good wide spread depth of relevant knowledge to help support you through your child’s first year.
Specialist facilitated education sessions. You will have a group leader who will facilitate the entire program, however, each a different local expert will come and talk on a relevant topic to early motherhood. These experts will provide you with current and in depth information which will equip you with some great tips to navigate and thrive.
Each week you will be connected with a local leading professional or business that will become part of your support network and you will have these services to draw upon in the future if you or your bubs needs.
Bump and Beyond gives you an opportunity to be allocated to a group before you even have your bubs. This means you can go into motherhood knowing when, where and what will be covered in your sessions up front so you can focus on other important factors of your late pregnancy and early motherhood knowing that the important factor of your postnatal care is organised and taken care of.
Discount offers with local sponsors and services.
Free hot drinks and nibbles each session and who doesn’t love free food! Bump and Beyond prides itself on its attention to detail, providing a more personalized experience.
Bump and Beyond offers a ten week mothers group course, which include ten eager and often exhausted new mummas. It is a privately run mothers group option offering that support early on when you need it.
Each week the two-hour sessions feature an education talk with a local expert from around Adelaide who come in to offer advice or information to the new mothers on topics that will help them navigate that first year of their babies life. Bump and Beyond have a focus on not only providing specialist information but the program aims to connect new mums to Adelaide businesses so they know where to go when they need more help in the future. The aim is to build a support network around new mums which hopefully empowers them to feel stronger through education, connection and communication.
The ten-week Pregnancy Group program includes weekly two-hour sessions with ten expecting mums who will gain valuable information about a particular topic presented by a local expert. The information component of the session will go for about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
The weekly topics include:
Pre natal care options
Child birth support options (hypnobirthing, private doula services, midwife)
Childbirth and first few days after
After birth physical and emotional care
After the information session is complete there will be an opportunity to spend time relaxing and chatting with the group in an informal way about your own experiences while having a cuppa and a cupcake.
If you enjoy your pregnancy group you can then go on to join one of our mothers group.
Each weekly Mothers Group sessions is conducted over two hours and you will meet nine other new mums with babies around the same age as yours. The group leader will facilitate each session and hopefully become a great support for the new mums over the course of the sessions and beyond. Each week the mothers will welcome a local expert to talk on a variety of important topics which will hopefully help them navigate and thrive in the first year of their babies life.
Weekly topics include:
Expectations vs reality
Coping with sleep deprivation
Self care and mental health
Attachment and bonding
Settling your baby
Registration for pre school and kindy
By having local experts come and talk, Bump and Beyond hopes to provide mums with current, accurate and focused information and connect participating mums with services they may want or need to seek further support with.
After the hour long information session the group has time to sit back, relax and have a chat and play with their babies. Coffee, tea and nibbles will be provided each week as part of the program.
Put simply, Bump and Beyond offers more than a basic mothers group it is a tribe of mothers; learning, laughing, crying, discussing and enjoying motherhood together in a carefully crafted and wonderfully facilitated program.
Enrolments for 2020 groups are now open but spots are limited. No need to wait around for months after you need support, book your spot now so that you can go into motherhood knowing that a very important aspect of your postnatal care is taken care of.
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