Monthly New Parent Support Group with Marlee

Cozy couch Orange County new mom new dad support group

I know how tough the first few months of life with a newborn can be.

It can be so difficult to find safe spaces to share the joys, challenges, concerns, questions, and triumphs (big and small) of early parenthood. In those early weeks, parents often share with me that they wish there were more opportunities to meet up with other local parents with babies.

That’s why I’m offering a monthly support group for new parents in Orange County.

Each month, I’m hosting a monthly get-together for new parents. Gathering in my home in Santa Ana, I offer a safe space for new parents with babies crawling age and under to come sit on someone else’s couch for a change and meet other people going through the same season of life.

I don’t have a theme for these gatherings, but simply open up the opportunity for new parents to meet each other and chat, and ask me questions if they want to. As a postpartum doula, lactation counselor, and sleep consultant, I’m glad to be a resource for many of the challenges the newborn period can bring.

I’ll have coffee, tea, and a snack available for parents who attend.

Feel free to come once or often!

Rate, location, and dates

  • $5 per family (Hero Birth Services clients come free)
    Credit card, check, or cash at the door

  • Held at Marlee & Megan’s Santa Ana home. Email us or text 714.681.2445 to request the address.

  • Upcoming dates:

    • September 11, 2019, 10am-11:30am

    • October 9, 2019, 10am-11:30am

    • November 13, 2019, 10am-11:30am

    • December 11, 2019, 10am-11:30am

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is this just for people who have postpartum depression?

Nope, not even close.

Most parents find themselves feeling a bit (or a lot) disoriented in those early weeks with a newborn. Many parents find themselves wrestling with questions around finding a new identity as a parent, figuring out ways to find time to return to hobbies, habits, or passions that make them feel like themselves, navigating changing relationships, and even just experiencing the sheer exhaustion that the newborn time can bring.

I sometimes use the term “postpartum adjustment” or “postpartum transition” to describe the settling in that happens things shift with baby’s growth and development - and as parents grow and develop too. There can definitely be some growing pains as parents find their footing and figure out how this whole thing will work for their family.

All parents welcome, whether you have a formal diagnosis of postpartum anxiety or postpartum depression, or if you’re just looking for some extra support and encouragement.

If I’m working with you as my postpartum doula, can I still come?

Absolutely! This is a great opportunity for you to meet some of the other wonderful families I work with, and I’d love for you to come!

Can I bring my baby?

Of course! Babies are always welcome, and of course I encourage you to feed your baby as needed during our gatherings.

Can I bring my other kids?

If you have older children at home, I ask that you find childcare to allow you to focus more easily on your own experience during our time together.

Are dads and non-gestational parents welcome, or is this only a new moms support group?

Yes, all parents of babies are welcome! There aren’t many postpartum or new parent support groups that welcome partners or non-gestational parents/caregivers, so I definitely want this group to be a space where all parents are welcome.

Many of my clients express having a tough time finding other dads and non-gestational parents to talk to. I highly encourage parents to attend together. Feel free to come with or without baby, whatever works best for your family.

Is this hosted by a licensed mental health professional?

No. I’m offering this group as an alternative to the many new parent support groups in Orange County that are hosted by licensed mental health professionals. As far as I know, this is the only group of its kind in Orange County led by a postpartum doula.

I’m intimately familiar with the nuances and challenges that new parents face, and I want to offer this as a space to explore the aspects of new parenthood that are often hard to talk about with others who don’t specialize in working with newborn families.

I have training (and lots of experience) in solution focused peer counseling, which many of my clients express as the most valuable part of our time together when I work as a postpartum doula, lactation counselor, or sleep consultant.

If you’re looking for a postpartum support group that is facilitated by a licensed mental health professional, check out our list of new parent support groups in Orange County, as most of those groups fit the bill.

I feel like I might be coming down with something but I really wanted to come. Can I still attend?

In the interest of protecting other families - and especially their newborns - please stay home and take care of yourself if you think you might be getting sick, or if you already have symptoms.

Do I need to pre-register?

Nope! But feel free to let me know you’re coming with a quick text if you’d like: 714.681.2445 (totally optional).

If you aren’t a Hero Birth Services client, there is a $5 fee for each family to attend. Cash is easiest, but if you’d prefer to pay with a credit or debit card let me know.