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The support group meets each Thursday from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at the
“Sometimes new moms need tips or a shoulder to cry on, and sometimes they need to share with someone who knows the joy of a first smile or sleeping more than four hours,” said Allison Montiel, a labor and delivery nurse at UAMS.
Expectant parents, new moms (adoptive or birth) and grandparents are welcome. Child care for older children during the support group meetings is available, but advance notice is necessary so that arrangements for care can be made, Montiel said.
The New Moms Support Group is sponsored by UAMS ANGELS (Antenatal and Neonatal Guidelines, Education and Learning System) and the Centers for Youth and Families, a Little Rock-based not-for-profit that provides help for emotionally and behaviorally disturbed youth and prevention services to at-risk youth.
“Central Arkansas has a wealth of community resources for new parents, and sometimes it just takes making a connection to get the help that they need. The New Moms Support Group is that connection,” Montiel said.
Parenting experts will share advice on topics such as sleep, feeding, attachment parenting, changing relationships, new roles, transitioning back to work, developmental stages, anxiety, baby blues and positive coping techniques.
The group is led by Barbara Baldwin, a social worker for ANGELS, Sharon Long, a parent educator from the Centers for Youth and Families, and Montiel. All are mothers.
Guest experts also will address topics such as immunizations, breast-feeding tips, postpartum body care, developmental stages and baby massage.
UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has 2,538 students and 733 medical residents. Its centers of excellence include the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the
UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a northwest Arkansas regional campus; a statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute, the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the Translational Research Institute. It is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has 3,021 students, 789 medical residents and two dental residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including about 1,000 physicians and other professionals who provide care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS regional centers throughout the state. Visit www.uams.edu or www.uamshealth.com. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.