A strong support system of family, friends, community and coworkers is crucial to the well-being of new moms and moms-to-be, and to her baby’s well-being as well. That’s why this month we are proud to partner with Pregnancy Awareness, an organization that was created by Anna Getty and Alisa Donner to empower, inspire and build a community of support for expectant and new moms and their families.
In a recent blog she wrote on PregnancyAwareness.com about her first experience with Weleda products, Alisa sums up the power friends can have in the lives of new moms. After she brought her newborn daughter home from the hospital, a friend came by to visit, a bottle of Weleda Calendula Oil in hand. “She explained how it was the first oil that she used on her son and that massaging a baby daily had amazing data supporting its roll in brain development among other things,” Alisa writes. “I recall her opening the bottle and smelling it and letting me too as she told me how the scent brought back memories of beautiful infant massaging, talking, and singing. It was definitely a profound moment in our friendship. We went together into the bedroom and she watched me massage my daughter and gave me tips. Even as small as she was, my daughter reacted to the massage in such a positive way. And it encouraged me to feel confident. I was still so new at holding her outside of my body, and actually had been a bit shocked at how awkward I was at times in changing her clothes or diaper, or in holding her to breastfeed. By touching her and using my hands with this pure, calendula oil, I was connecting to both her and myself in a different way. It was magical.”
What about you? What role have family and friends played in helping support you when you were a new mom? How you have supported a friend with a new baby, or one with a baby on the way. Leave your comments below.! We'd love to hear from you.
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