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In the past seven months I have realized I have not been as supportive as I should have been to my friends and family who have given birth. I didn’t realize this until my postpartum experience showed me how much support new moms need and how I have fallen short in helping in the past. I wish I had taken more opportunities to help my friends and family who have had babies by doing such things as I have listed below. If you have a new mom in your life and you don’t know how you can be helpful, consider the following ways in which you can show them support. These methods would also be ways to support anyone going through a major life transition, not just adding a new baby.
Ways to support new moms:
- Send gift cards for food, or drop off a meal. You can also organize a meal train.
- Offer to come over and hold the baby or entertain older kids while the new mom showers, gets ready for the day, naps– whatever she’d like to do.
- Ask how she’s feeling and listen. You don’t need to say much or have all the answers. Just listen.
- Ask about topics other than the baby or kids as well.
- Offer to do a chore or household task, cook a meal, pick up groceries or run an errand.
- Send a care package of postpartum or self-care products.
- Walk the dog(s) or offer to care for any other pets.
- Buy them a gift certificate for a massage. They might not use it right away but it would be something to look forward to when they can.
- Help them research postpartum or breastfeeding support groups, if needed.
- Offer to go shopping with them if they want to treat themselves to postpartum clothes.
How do you show support to friends going through major life changes?
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