Whether you are pregnant for the first time, have recently given birth to a second or third child or adopted a new member of your family, becoming a parent can be both a rewarding and exhausting experience. And being a new parent in the age of social isolation can be difficult without support systems like friends and family members around to help during stressful times. But new parents aren’t alone in this experience, and many organizations have created resources for new parents working through this life transition in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. OnlineCounselingPrograms.com collected resources about issues such as giving birth, mental health care, and providing support.
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Resources About Pregnancy During the COVID-19 Pandemic
COVID-19 and pregnancy: information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about how to protect parents and children from COVID-19, how to seek health care during pregnancy, and how to care for newborns in the hospital with social isolation restrictions.
Quarantined With a Newborn, Alone: a first-person narrative in The New York Times about a new mother spending maternity leave in a pandemic and how she has cared for her newborn during different stages of quarantine.
National Parent Helpline: a hotline offering emotional support and resources to parents and caregivers of children. It includes a resource section for fathers and Spanish language options. Call 1-855-427-2736.
Mocha Moms:a virtual support group for mothers of color that provides a safe space to discuss the different stages of motherhood.
Blossoming Mothers: an online support group for moms moderated by a professional motherhood counselor.
Peanut: an app similar to Tinder for new moms who are socially distanced and want to meet other local new moms.
Social Mama:an app that connects moms at every stage of parenthood with other moms and motherhood experts.
Social.Mom: a social network for new moms with virtual meetups.
Virtual Doula Directory: a spreadsheet of labor doulas and childbirth educators organized by geographical location with contact info.
The Motherhood Center of New York: an organization supporting new moms with support groups for expectant and working moms, dads and partners, as well as those who have experienced miscarriages.
Resources for Friends and Family to Provide Support
How to Throw a Virtual Baby Shower: an article published on Babylist with advice and resources for new parents and their friends and families on how to virtually host a baby shower, including creative theme ideas and technology tips.