Each Tuesday from 12:30-1:30pm Month 10 hosts a Mamas Cafe. This is a weekly event that you can attend as a person expecting the birth of a baby or a person caring for a little one. We've people exclaim, "Charlottesville is a great place for family!" This is a fact because the Charlottesville community offers much in the support in helping you raise a family in a confident manner. Tap into the community resources by joining us at Mamas Cafe. All, and of all ages are welcome. We meet at Great Harvest Bread Co. in McIntire Plaza.
1. meeting and connecting with other parents
Too often, we hear that parenting is an isolating experience. It is difficult meeting others who are at the same place in your lives. This can be especially true if you are new to Charlottesville or feeling shy in your new role as a parent or parent to be. Some regular attendees of Mamas Cafe have made friendships that have lasted beyond pregnancy and postpartum and into the toddler years.
2. Rhythm and Ritual
Our bodies crave a rhythm. Rhythm can be a centering point when other aspects of your life may be chaotic. Babies, like us, also thrive when there is a predictable pattern to the day or week. See last weeks blog post for more information on creating rhythms and "schedules."
3. Eat lunch while someone holds your baby
How do you find time for self care when there always seems to be so much to do or someone always needing your attention? Taking care of your basic needs can be daunting during pregnancy or when caring for a newborn. Come by to Mamas Cafe, grab a sandwich or a beverage, and let us hold your baby while you take a breath. We LOVE holding babies.
4. Alleviate Mood conditions
The CDC claims 11-20% of people will experience pre or postpartum depression and anxiety (these are just two of the many perinatal mood disorders) during pregnancy or within the first year of parenting. Having a regular place to go, where you are met by supportive individuals can help alleviate the heaviness and darkness that sometimes comes with parenting.
5. Access to professional Advice
There is so much accessible information about pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, it is difficult to know where to start and what to believe. Each week Mamas Cafe is hosted by on of the Month 10 doulas. We are professionals who are specialized in supporting you during pregnancy and/or postpartum. Our practices are evidence based, non-judgmental, and we support your parenting choices.