Moms and infants

MomShare is a FREE drop-in support group for expectant and new moms and their babies. Tuesdays 1:00-2:30 p.m. and the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month, 9:30 to 11:00.

MomShare is a time to meet other women on a similar journey. Bring your whole self — and your little one, if you wish — to connect, learn, and grow.

Gatherings in the Time of Corona take place virtually. We will send out a link to connect into this virtual support group via our MomShare email list. If you are interested in participating and not currently on our email list, please send Lisa an email to be added to the list:

lfattori@med.umich.edu

You will not need any special equipment aside from a computer with internet. You can also call in or use the Blue Jeans app if more convenient for you. Instructions and link will be in the email invite.

Our weekly get-togethers typically include a mindfulness exercise, check in, topic of the day, and intention-setting for the week ahead. All mothers are welcome.

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African American mother holding her son.

Topics may include:

  • Psychoeducation – perinatal mental health concerns; depression and anxiety as well as underlying biology of women’s vulnerability during this time in your life.
  • Infant sleep – the struggle of adapting to sleep deprivation and managing the stress.
  • Infant soothing – based on the work of Dr. Harvey Karp, Happiest Baby on the Block.
  • Infant feeding challenges, how they can affect mental health and coping. Strategies to improve coping.
  • Infant safety – sleep, car seats, home safety and babyproofing.
  • Relationship and intimacy after baby.
  • Boundaries and extended family stressors.

About your facilitators

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Saturday MomShare facilitator Lisa Anderson, LMSW, has years of experience with the mom-and-infant group known as “Mindful Moms.” She is is a Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools [RAHS] Social Worker at Michigan Medicine, and has worked in the past at Michigan Medicine in obstetrics and pediatrics and with the psychiatry team. She is also the mother of “three wonderful girls.”

“I love helping families navigate transition into new parenthood! It is my belief that great beginnings lead to happy families and that it is critical to support mothers through this radically changing period of life. The informal atmosphere is a chance to gain confidence and to feel more connected with our babies and each other.”

Katie Kidle, LMSW, leads our Tuesday MomShare group. In addition to leading MomShare for the last two years, Katie has worked as a Mom Power facilitator at The Corner Health Center in Ypsilanti, and is currently a therapist through our Room to Talk program. During her time at the University of Michigan's School of Social Work, Katie received specific training on Infant Mental Health and Attachment Theory. Her education, training, experience, and the fact that she is the mom of two little ones all inform her approach.

"After I had my first child, I realized how lonely and isolating motherhood can be. It sparked my passion for building community among new parents, and my favorite thing about MomShare are the friendships and networks of support our moms create with each other - many of which last long after they graduate from the group."

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To register, please email Lisa at lfattori@med.umich.edu.

This program is sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor.

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