New Beginnings Postpartum Wellness & Support Group

New Beginnings is a bi-monthly gathering for those who have recently given birth in the Windham County, Vermont area.

In 2018 Winston Prouty took over leading what was previously called the New Moms Group in conjunction with Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. This popular weekly group was a welcoming place to meet up with others, find support, get help with breastfeeding, and learn about things like infant sleep, baby wearing and starting solids. Sadly, the group was put on hold due to COVID-19. Last summer we resumed meetings outside at the Winston Prouty Campus. We are happy to announce we are launching a new group: New Beginnings: Postpartum & Wellness Support Group.

New Beginnings is a way to connect and continue to learn from and lean on each other. And you can get answers to your questions and the help you may need from our maternal child health and lactation professionals. Discussions are facilitated by the Winston Prouty Center for Child and Family Development’s maternal child health nurses Sally Pennington, RNC, IBCLC, Jean Vulte, RN, LC, WHNP, and Autumn Blais, RN, PNP.

The group currently meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the every month from 10:00-11:30 at the Winston Prouty Center Click here for directions.

Group Guidelines:

New Beginnings is a place to connect, learn, and lean on each other for support. You will hear a range of ideas and possibilities on various topics. Take what works for you. You know yourself and your baby best. We kindly ask that everyone have a chance to speak without interruption. If you have some good advice to offer, please ask first if this is what they want. Sometimes being seen and heard with compassion and understanding is just what they need, what we all need.

Upcoming meetings:

Tuesday, June 15 – “Share your story- what’s pregnancy and postpartum been like for you?” with Deb Kitzmiller from the VT Department of Health

Tuesday, July 5 – What’s YOUR story? Birth Story Workshop

You did it! You brought a little bundle (or many bundles) of love into the world. Now it’s time to capture those stories for you, for your babies, for your families, for first time moms who don’t know quite what to expect, for your fellow moms who need a good story share over good tea. During New Beginnings Group on Tuesday, July 5th, writer/producer/mom Nancy Vitale will lead you through prompts and questions to help you capture your birth memories in a way that is most meaningful to you. And she will share helpful hints to finish your unique birth story before your baby starts driving. We will have pens and paper. Bring yourself, your babies, and your memories and a perhaps a notebook.