New Beginnings Postpartum Wellness & Support Group

New Beginnings now meets weekly from 10:30-12:00!

New Beginnings is a way to connect and continue to learn from and lean on each other in the first months of parenting a new child. Each week, we focus on a topic to support your life as a parent. You can swap best practices with fellow parents in the area and get answers to your questions from our maternal child health and lactation professionals.  

Babes in arms and young children are welcome! 

The group meets weekly on Tuesdays from 10:30-12:00 Winston Prouty Center (209 Austine Drive, Brattleboro, VT). We gather RAIN or SHINE. Find us in Thomas Hall or under the white tent if the weather is fine.

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; Autumn Blais, RN, PNP; and Emma Schneider, LPN.

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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 Topics

Sept. 27th: Books and Babies!

Lindsay Bellville joins us from Brattleboro Memorial Library to share some favorite books, talk about reading with infants, and more! Bring a favorite book to share with the group or questions about books or community resources that you are looking to find. 

Oct. 4th: Stress Reduction Techniques

Lindsay Smith, CNM, returns to share stress reduction techniques that she has found helpful as both a parent and a practitioner. We’ll also have time to share what we’ve tried and found helpful with each other. 

Oct. 11th: Learning through Play (esp. in Nature!)

Nature-based early learning expert, Hannah Lindner-Finlay, joins us to talk about how children learn through play and to explore fun and safe ways to engage in learning outdoors.

Oct. 18th: Q&A

Bring all those tricky questions for our chat with family medicine practitioner and lactation enthusiast, Dr. Alice Kaufman.

Oct. 25th: Welcome Baby

Sandy Stark joins us to talk about local resources, play groups, and more for families in the area. She’ll also share favorite ideas for supporting early learning with little ones.