Created by our team of midwives, ‘First Days’ program supports new moms

Expert-led classes give moms a chance to ask questions, get breastfeeding tips, and connect with other new moms

Rubbing baby

Let’s face it; bringing home a little one is overwhelming. It’s a joyful time, but taking care of a newborn and recovering physically from childbirth can be draining.

Designed to give new moms what they need most, Fairview’s First Days classes at two locations cover what to expect after delivery, breastfeeding, and mom well-being — all within a safe, caring environment alongside other new moms.

“After the baby is born, it’s normal to have questions — lots of them,” says Mary Johnson, lead nurse midwife in Burnsville. “It’s the perfect place for new moms to ask questions and learn together.”

Tips from experts

Whether you’re breastfeeding or bottle feeding, there will be lots of helpful information for you at every class.

“Breastfeeding is natural, of course, but it’s a skill that both mom and baby must work together to develop,” says Megan Simmons, a certified nurse midwife in Minneapolis and First Days speaker. “We want to help prepare them and provide as much information as we can, so they can be successful.”

And it’s proven that moms are more successful at breastfeeding and do so longer when they can connect with other breastfeeding moms.

Making a connection

Creating a village of new moms not only helps ease the transition to motherhood, but those who don’t have solid support or access to reliable information are at a higher risk for postpartum depression.

“So many new moms don’t have a support system like a close friend or a family member who is a newer mom,” Megan says. “It’s such a valuable resource after having a baby. These classes are exactly what I was looking for and needed after I had my first baby.”

“First Days is great way to build relationships with other moms," Megan adds. "Our hope is lasting friendships are made.”

Mark your calendar

Moms and babies are welcome to attend the entire series or whatever class works best with their schedule.

  • Burnsville: A series of five sessions are offered for new moms of infants up to 8 weeks old. Sessions are led by midwives and a lactation consultant and are held Wednesdays at the Fairview Ridges Specialty Care Center.
  • Minneapolis: Four sessions are offered for soon-to-be moms and new moms of infants up to 8 weeks old. Sessions are led by providers that include lactation consultants, midwives, or nurse practitioners on Wednesdays at the Fairview Riverside Clinic.

For more information about the First Days mom and baby program, visit fairview.org/firstdays

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