New Parent Discussion Groups
So you’re home with your new baby without the help of your doctors, nurses or midwives – now what?
PEP’s New Parent Discussion Groups (commonly referred to as “PEP Groups”) are a great place to meet other families with babies the same age, dealing with the same issues, sorting through some of the same challenges, and experiencing the same joys that come along with new parenthood.
PEP Groups are free-of-charge, facilitated by two trained PEP volunteers, and cover topics such as breastfeeding issues, sleep challenges, emotional highs and lows, and changing relationships. It’s comforting to know that others are going through the same thing at the same time, while learning from each other in a safe environment. For some new parents, PEP Groups are the first place they’ve taken their baby in the car. For other parents, it’s an environment to explore the many emotions that come after birth. And for everyone, it’s a place to meet new friends!
PEP is different from other new parent groups, with a primary focus on support of the new parent(s). Healthy and supported parent equals happy and healthy child. We encourage peer support in a judgement-free atmosphere. PEP is not sponsored by paid companies, parenting books, or other websites, and we do not solicit or endorse products at our Groups gatherings. We understand that every family is unique, and our philosophy is that there is no one right way to parent – we encourage each family to find the methods that are right for their ever-changing needs.
Come to our PEP Groups with the intent of getting and giving peer support, and leave making new friendships that will last a lifetime!
We meet every Wednesday from 10AM – 12 NOON at Trinity Lutheran Church on the corner of Foothill and La Cumbre Road (please note that we are not religiously affiliated with the church, but simply rent the space).
Parents are welcome to start attending Groups as soon as they feel comfortable, with most babies ranging from a few days old to 4 months of age. There are snacks and drinks available, private restrooms, and a changing table for your convenience.
New Parent Groups Start Dates:
- January/February 2014 – January 8, 2014
- March/April 2014 – March 5, 2014
- May/June 2014 – May 7, 2014
- July/August 2014 – July 2, 2014
- September/October 2014 – September 3, 2014
- November/December 2014 – November 5, 2014
You do not have to wait until a new group starts to join us. New parents are welcome to come whenever you are ready. We look forward to meeting you and your family.
To find out more information about Groups in Spanish, please click here.
PEP would like to recognize and thank the Santa Barbara Zoo for sponsoring our New Parent Group facilitated offsite meeting each session.