5. July 2012 14:07
What science tells us about bonding with infants is that strong ties between parents and their child provide the baby's first model for intimate relationships and foster a sense of security and positive self-esteem. The way that parents respond to an infant's signals can affect the child's social and cognitive development.
Though the bonding process begins at birth – sometimes even before birth – it is not uncommon for mothers to experience difficulty in bonding with their babies, particularly if they are exhausted, dealing with prolonged pain from delivery, or dealing with postpartum depression.
We know that it is much easier for parents to bond with their baby if they are surrounded by a strong team of support. See below for a few of Durham’s local resources for new parents.
UNC Support Group for Women during Pregnancy & Postpartum: The Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders Program offers a free support group for women with depression or anxiety during pregnancy and postpartum. This group meets on 2nd & 4th Tuesdays each month, 6:30 to 8 pm. For more information or to register, contact Chris Raines at (919) 966-3115.
Teer House: Provides community, patient and family education as part of Duke University Health System's Department of Education Services. Classes include New Mothers Class, Baby Care, Breastfeeding, Infant and Child CPR and more. Contact information: www.dukehealth.org or call (919) 477-2644.
El Centro Hispano: Community center for Latino families that provides a women's support and information group as well as parenting workshops. Check out Circle of Parents/Circulo de Padres. For more information call (919) 687-4635 or visit http://www.elcentronc.org/index.html.
Care Calendar: A web-based system that provides a free tool for organizing meals and other help for families during life changing events such as the birth of a baby. http://www.carecalendar.org/
Durham Connects: A home-visiting program for parents of newborns in Durham County that connects them with community supports. Call (919) 419-3474 ext 232 or visit http://www.durhamconnects.org/index.html.
Welcome Baby: Provides free parenting education and support to families with young children, including developmental guides, newborn discussion groups, and Motheread B.A.B.Y. parenting classes. Call (919) 560-7150 or visit http://www.welcomebaby.org/.
Healthy Families Durham Program: An intensive home visiting program designed to improve parent/child interaction and increase parenting skills. Call (919) 419-3474 or visit http://www.ccfhnc.org/.
» Read more about symptoms of baby blues and postpartum depression in the June Faith newsletter, Congregations & Early Childhood.
» Save the date: January 24, 2013 for a Faith Summit on Child Poverty!
The Early Childhood Faith Initiative is a collaboration between Durham's Partnership for Children and End Poverty Durham that recognizes the role that the faith community plays in providing support to young children and their families. Click here to learn more about this initiative.