Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Resource Guide for Madison County Moms

By Glenni Lorick, IBCLC
Let's face it, new moms need support! You need people around you who will encourage you in your parenting decisions and help you not to feel isolated. Many women find this support with family members and close friends. But what happens when your family members and friends end up discouraging you, rather than encouraging you? Fortunately we have a plethora of local resources available to help you navigate the occasional rough waters of being a mommy.

Baby Wearing
Research shows that babies who are worn by their parents experience a wide variety of health benefits. We have a very active local babywearing community!
·         RocketCity Sling Swap – Monthly informational meetings and swaps

We are blessed to have a variety of support options for nursing moms in the Tennessee Valley.

·        A Nurturing Moment – breastfeeding supplies, breast pump and baby scale rental, lactation consultation with IBCLC in home or office www.anurturingmoment.com (call 256-489-2590 for more info).

·         Hospital support :

o  Athens Limestone Hospital: Free breastfeeding, childbirth and parenting classes for parents delivering at the hospital. Breastfeeding Mothers' Support Group Fridays from 10:00 - 11:00 am.
o   Crestwood: Free breastfeeding, childbirth and parenting classes. 
o   Huntsville Hospital: Free breastfeeding class; Breastfeeding Mother's Group meets Tuesdays from 10:00-11:00 am in the Huntsville Hospital Women's Pavillion (call 256-265-7285 for more info).
o   Madison Hospital: Free breastfeeding class; Breastfeeding Support Group meets Mon. 10:30-12:30 and Thurs. 6:30-8:30 pm in the Madison Hospital Wellness Center Classroom

·         La Leche League
o   Huntsville: Third Thursday of the month at the Rock 6:30-8:30 pm. Contact: Jana 256-455-4746 
o   Madison: Second Monday of the month at Madison Public Library 10:15-11:15; Fourth Thursday of the month at Kathryn’s House – 102 Heatherwood Dr., 35758   7:00 – 8:00. Contact: Stephanie: 256-348-9700    

·        MommyMilk Meet-up : First Monday and Third Saturday of each month at 10:00 am at A Nurturing Moment. Contact: Glenni Lorick 256-658-8210  

Many women are unable to have the birth they had hoped for. Sometimes it is the result of a genuine medical emergency. Other times it may be due to unnecessary interventions. Either way, mothers need a place where they can be supported as they talk about their birth experiences.
ICAN - The International Cesarean Awareness Network offers support and information for mothers - whether they are still pregnant or already have a baby. They meet at Willowbrook Baptist Church. Check their Facebook page for details of upcoming meetings.

Many parenting philosophies exist. You have to figure out what works best for you and your baby. Proponents of Attachment parenting point to a body of research that shows positive outcomes for families.
·         AttachmentParenting International – monthly meetings – check Facebook for updates.   Contact: Lysa Parker 256-503-1454 and Tiffany Hamblen 501-472-0312

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