Program aims to help new moms

Strong Mamas! Thriving Babies! to provide in-home, support group services

Thelma Grimes
tgrimes@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 5/11/21

With May being Mental Health Awareness Month, a local nonprofit is teaming up with a newborn specialty clinic to give 10 expecting moms health and wellness care after the baby is born. YANA M2M (You …

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Program aims to help new moms

Strong Mamas! Thriving Babies! to provide in-home, support group services

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With May being Mental Health Awareness Month, a local nonprofit is teaming up with a newborn specialty clinic to give 10 expecting moms health and wellness care after the baby is born.

YANA M2M (You Are Not Alone Mom 2 Mom) is teaming up with Dr. Sonal Patel of NayaCare to provide postpartum care for new moms. The program, “Strong Mamas! Thriving Babies!” will focus on supporting moms, newborns, and families. In the program, both mom and newborn will receive complete newborn medical care, lactation support, maternal wellness, pelvic therapy, and maternal mental health.

Making it even better, Nikki Brooker, director of YANA M2M, said all these services will be provided in the comforts of home. NayaCare is a home health company specifically dedicated to elevating postpartum care.

To fund the program, which is estimated to cost about $1,000 per participant, Brooker said they are relying on donations and grant funding. To date, they have raised $3,000. Before month’s end, Brooker said they need to raise another $7,000 to be able to accommodate all 10 moms.

According to the American Psychology Association, in the U.S. one in seven women suffer from postpartum depression, meaning 800,000 new mothers are impacted each year.

“After birth, postpartum depression is a catalyst to so many issues,” Brooker said. “We can effect change and impact postpartum depression in a positive way.”

Brooker said the program is not slated to replace regular OB/GYN care. It is important for new moms to continue recommended follow-ups with their regular physicians. “Strong Mamas! Thriving Babies!” is a program that will complement medical services women already receive.

As part of the program, the new moms will receive two, one-hour home visits from a board-certified pediatrician, neonatologist, and a breast-feeding specialist. Additionally, moms will receive a 30-minute individualized consultation from a pelvic physical therapist. Besides one-on-one appointments, the program also includes lab draws, unlimited texts, phone calls and support.

Besides the in-home care each month, the program will also connect new moms with others through a support group. Either online or in person, the support group will allow moms to communicate with each other about issues they are all going through.

To donate to the program, visit the website at yanam2m.org/strong-mamas-thriving-babies/.

Now in its fifth year, YANA M2M was created by Brooker, a Highlands Ranch mom. Brooker started the nonprofit after a local mom took the lives of her children and her own life in 2016, and two months later another mom did the same. After the two tragedies, Brooker saw a need to provide extra support to mothers.

YANA M2M is not just a service for new moms, it is a program that helps all moms no matter where they are in the parenting stages.

To learn more about the program, visit the website at yanam2m.org/.

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