New mom? Meet your new BFF.
I, like most women, spent more time with doctors and nurses while I was pregnant than at any other time in my life. But then when I had my baby and was thrust into full-time, round-the-clock motherhood for the first time, the support seemed to dry up. There’s the six-week post-partum check-up, sure, but that was about it. Besides that brief visit with the ob-gyn, most women are on their own.
That crucial postpartum period – when studies indicate that more than three million American women suffer from depression and intense anxiety – can be an alienating and lonely time for first time (and beyond) moms. Rebecca Egbert, a long-time midwife, recognized this as a major problem for women and decided to do something about it.
“I was talking with a friend who was four months post-partum, and she was struggling with anxiety and detachment from her partner – something that happens to lots of couples,” Egbert says. “And I thought, ‘What is going on? What aren’t we doing right as health care practitioners?’”
That was when Little Mother’s Helper was born. LMH is a cool deck of cards and app to help support moms in the weeks and months following child birth. The advice is geared toward uplifting the mind, body and soul, and it’s dispensed like a really wise, fun BFF.
From evidence-based facts and tips on navigating the Baby Blues to getting through 3 a.m. feedings to providing moms with the mojo to trust their instincts, LMH is always on hand to give a little boost.
“It’s crucial to track and support women in this post-partum time. If we can provide relief to even one woman, we feel like we’ve done our job,” Egbert says.
After a successful Kickstarter campaign, the cards launched in December 2015. The accompanying app debuted last month. And while they’re looking to expand their reach and move toward the larger world of digital media, “We’ll never replace a doctor or midwife, but we want to be a place where women can ask questions and get answers from healthcare professionals.”
The cards and app are a fun way to fill the gap currently existing in women’s post-partum healthcare. Egbert hopes that one day women will get the cards from their doctors, midwives or nurses when they take their babies home from the hospital or birthing center. Between those and LMH digital media, she wants to provide women with access to education and community – even in those late-night hours when help can be hard to come by.
“Our dream is to build it (LMH) out to a place where women can connect,” Egbert says. “We want to combat that alienation that many women feel in early motherhood.”