12 Ways To Find Your Momma Village

Here at Motherhood University we are natural minded. We support living light on the Earth. Therefore many (not all) of these links are in keeping with our natural minded lifestyle. Don’t worry if you’re not “green,” use the info that works for you.

Why bother?

Being in a group of like-minded Mothers is both informative and empowering. It feels good to be surrounded by people that support the choices you make for your family. It’s also great to be around Moms that have been where you are in your journey and can provide you with ideas and info to help guide you. For too many years, decades even, woman were failing other woman by not passing down Motherhood wisdoms from generation to generation. It’s a new day, we are ready to give and receive.

Group Ideas & Resources

1. Le Leche League (LLL) is an international breastfeeding support group.

Things to know:

  • There are chapters all over the world
  • Meeting are free (although I encourage you to join and support the organization)
  • You can attend meeting before you become pregnant, while you’re pregnant, and anytime there after
  • It’s likely that you will learn about far more than just breastfeeding – hang out after the meeting and ask questions about anything: birth, diapering, starting solids, etc.
2. International Cesarian Awareness Network (ICAN) has 3 goals:

1. Support 2. Education 3. Advocacy

Things you should know:

  • There are chapters all over the world
  • Meeting are free (although I encourage you to join and support the organization)
  • It’s NOT necessary for you to have had a c-section to attend meetings  (this may vary)
  • This is an incredible place to become educated on evidence based birth practice and gain the knowledge you need to have a positive birth experience
  • If you have had a traumatic birth experience (or if something just doesn’t feel good), this is a place to listen, be heard, and heal
3. Attachment Parenting International (API) is a non-profit organization that promotes parenting practices that create strong, healthy emotional bonds between children and their parents.

Things you should know:

  • There is a TON of great information on this site.
  • Check out the forums and event pages
  • Click “find a support group” to find a group in your area
4. Facebook Groups are a format that I personally love, but can be a little trickier to find.

Things you should know:

  • The “suggested groups” feature seems to come and go – it shows you groups that your friends are in, which helps you find the group that works for you.
  • There are 3 types of groups: open, closed and secret.
  • I prefer “secret” groups because they will not show up in your ticker or search and I don’t wish to discuss things like cracked nipples and when my cycle returned with say my father-in-law!
  • So word of mouth is the best way to find these groups – ask your like-minded fb friends.
  • If you can’t find a group, start your own. Very easy, follow the direction. I recommend some type of written guidelines (create a Doc) to keep things running smooth.
5. Yahoo Groups has thousands of groups to chose from.

Things you should know:

  • Use the search tool to find a group of interest
  • To reduce the amount of emails you receive you can use the “digest” feature or set it up to not get the emails and just log in and check the group directly
  • Try to find a group in your area to take advantage of local meet ups
6. MOPS (Mothers Of Pre Schoolers) Groups

Things you should know:

  • MOPS is an international organization with groups all over
  • During most meetings, childcare is provided (nice break for Mom)
  • MOPS is a Christian Non-profit group
7. Hospitals & Birthing Centers – many have new Mom groups & classes.

Things you should know:

  • Many hospital groups & classes are sponsored by for profit companies. Always ask who sponsors it, their philosophies may not be in keeping with yours.
  • Many classes are free, occasionally there is a fee.

5 More Places To Find Like-Minded Mommas

8. Mothering.com

one of the oldest natural parenting resources, it was started as a magazine in the mid-seventies. Check out their forums with over 100 categories (the due clubs are super cool)!

9. Vegetarian Organizations

This may be a stretch, but if vegetarianism is part of your life style it’s a great place to meet like minded people. Google search to find local groups.

10. Homeschool Groups

You don’t always have to homeschool or intend to take advantage of the meet ups and play groups. Start by finding your state’s main homeschool organization, they will usually have groups listed by area. Example: in Florida, start with FPEA.org and click through to groups in your area.

11. Story Time

Check the schedule at you local library. Also, many book stores have story time. When you attend, start conversations with other Moms about the various activities and groups they are involved in.

12. Your Place Of Worship

Many places of worship have Moms groups, ask yours. If they don’t, inquire about starting one. If you don’t attend a place of worship, ask your friends about theirs.

*BONUS – if all else fails, create your own group!

Keep in Mind

  • It’s always ok to join more than one group.
  • Don’t feel badly if you feel a group isn’t the right fit for you – it’s ok to drop it and move on.
  • Sometime we outgrow groups, that’s ok too.
Now YOU share – where are you finding your Mommas?

 

 

~ Regina


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