Mommy groups proving to be beneficial for both mom and baby
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CREATED May. 9, 2013 - UPDATED: May. 9, 2013
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Ask any parent and they'll say having kids is the best thing that ever happened to them but it can also make your head spin.
Which is exactly why mom groups have come to the rescue.
Like many moms, when Britta Soderqvist had her one year old daughter, Milla she was overjoyed and expected the unexpected.
"No one can really prepare you at all so it's nice to have other mothers to commiserate with," said Britta.
She organized this outing in Fort Myers for moms with the group, "Mamapalooza", one of dozens you can find online.
Type in mom groups in Southwest Florida and there's plenty to choose from catering to working and stay-at home moms, different ages, locations, and personalities.
"It's fun just to meet with other moms and have your kids run around like crazy, just have a good time! But it's nice just to be with adults," said mom of two, Linda Fontana.
Linda joined Mamapalooza about a year and a half ago. She said she was relieved to know such groups exists after leaving her job to be a stay at home mom to her two sons.
"The community tends to be a little bit older and having a younger crowd to hang around with is great," said Linda.
A Massachusetts mental health center shows out of 270 parents asked, 97% would recommend a support group to others.
"Some people do better with a group, going through something in a group than going at it by themselves," said Dr. Pierre Loredo with Lee Physician Group.
Loredo says mommy meet-up groups can be beneficial to a parent's mental health.
Dr. Loredo said, "It helps the parent to be more patient with their child, it helps the parents cope with difficult situations and what it also does is it helps the parents get a better understanding of their child development."
In a society where we tend to compare traits, Dr. Loredo says this is where social groups can actually relieve a lot of stresses we put on ourselves as parents.
"If you see one particular child and that child is doing something your child can't do, you begin to worry but then when you're in a group and you begin to see that most kids can't do what that child can do...makes ya feel a lot better!," said Dr. Loredo.
Dr. Laredo warns parents to be careful of misinformation while surfing the web and don't get discouraged if you don't find the right fit and remember one thing. "You don't need a support group to be a good parent."
Still, with today's resources at our fingertips, Britta thinks getting out with other moms helps.
"You definitely need support," added Britta.
Many meet-up groups require some basic information and ask that you upload a picture of yourself before meeting.