After baby comes, there are a lot of new ways of life to get used to. Moms often find it very helpful to connect with other moms to talk about daily trials and celebrations, and even just have a reason to get out of the house. These groups can build life long friendships, for the moms and for the babies! They are a great way to find other moms with children the same age as yours. Here are some of the groups I’m aware of, please comment with more!
Mindful Mondays for Moms is a group that meets at Amma Parenting Center in Edina. Tuition is $15 for the one-hour class, or whatever amount you can pay. Bring your young baby or leave her at home – your choice.
BabyLove offers a New Parent and Baby Group which meets on Friday’s from 10am-Noon, located in Eagan. The fee is $11/class and the class is a mixture of play, support and education.
Blooma offers a FREE New Mama class on Tuesdays/Thursdays at 12:15pm in St Paul, and Wednesdays/Fridays at 12:45pm in Minneapolis. The class offers moms the opportunity to connect with each other, ask questions, share advice, laugh, cry, and talk about life with a new baby. Occasionally, Blooma will bring in a guest speaker to offer insight into popular parenting topics.
Regions Hospital in St Paul offers a class called “Mom and Baby — The Early Weeks” on Thursdays from 2:30pm to 4:00pm. This is a four-session class, costing $40 for the series per family. Share the joys and concerns of having a new baby with other parents, an instructor, and parent-led discussions. Topics may include feeding, sleeping and crying issues, interactions with your baby, relationships, resources for new parents, and ideas for having fun with your baby.
Mother-Baby Outpatient Groups at HCMC – The 10-week Mother-Baby Connections Group meets once a week for two hours. The group provides an opportunity for mothers to connect for support while building skills for emotional health and connection with baby. Babies under 12 months are welcome to attend. Contact the Mother-Baby Program at 612-873-MAMA (6262) to schedule an intake.
Moms Emotional Coping Skills Group (Minneapolis) – Tuesdays 4:30-6pm or Wednesdays 10-11:30am. This group will teach you coping skills to better manage your emotions and those of your children, tolerate day-to-day stressors and life events, and better navigate relationships. This skills group is especially helpful for women struggling with depression or anxiety symptoms and/or difficulty managing feelings of sadness, hopelessness, guilt, worry, fear, irritability, and anger. It will teach coping skills needed to manage the transition into parenthood and beyond, conflicts that arise in relationships, and how to negotiate the ongoing practice of self-care as a mother. Most insurance is accepted.
New Mom Meet Up at Blissful Beginnings (Woodbury) – For expectant or new moms; an opportunity to share your fears, joys, questions and advice. Babies welcome through 12 months. Participation is a free will donation onsite, and/or a donation of diapers, formula, or maternity clothes for the needy.
United Hospital sponsors a Baby Cafe every Wednesdays from Noon-2pm at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 1807 Field Ave., St. Paul, MN 55116. This free group is staffed by a certified lactation consultant from United Hospital and is open to all breastfeeding moms & babies regardless of where they gave birth. Call 651-241-5088 with questions.
Health Foundations Mom’s group in Saint Paul meets Thursdays at 1:30pm. Free! Facilitated by an experienced mom, with structured and unstructured time. All moms with babies who are not yet crawling are welcome! Check out their Facebook Page for upcoming topics.
Flutterbabies Mom+Baby Group is a new mom’s group designed to support mothers in the postpartum phase with babes up to 18 months old. It meets on the 2nd and 4th Fridays from 10-11:30am. They will also be bringing in interesting/relevant speakers and focusing on topics that will help mamas in their journey! The group is free, with donations always accepted.
The Queer Birth Project offers an expecting and new parent group on the 2nd Saturdays of each month at the Walker Community Church (3104 16th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407) from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. This is a donation-based community event for LGBTQIA families with little ones ages 0-3, as well as expectant and trying families looking to build community! Each month there will be a local speaker or topic for discussion, but the purpose of the event is to socialize, build community, and find support from other queer and trans families.
3rd Saturdays, in Minneapolis – Attachment Parenting is a philosophy based in the practice of nurturing parenting methods that create strong emotional bonds, also known as secure attachment, between the infant and parent(s). This style of parenting encourages responsiveness to the infant or child’s emotional needs, and develops trust that their emotional needs will be met. As a result, this strong attachment helps the child develop secure, empathic, peaceful, and enduring relationships. Check out the Twin Cities API site for more detailed information, and API playgroups on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
Various days and times – Enlightened Mama offers a number of moms groups each week.
Monday: All Mama 9:30
Wednesday: New Mama 12:30
Thursday: Toddler Mama/Mama, Again 10:00
Friday: Happy Hours (on a rotation, for mamas, dads, GLBT families, couples) 5:00-7:00
Various days and times – Tiffany Gallagher, CLC, keeps an updated calendar of all of the local breastfeeding support groups in our area on her website, The Boob Geek.
Various days and time – ECFE (Early Childhood Family Education) offer semester long classes for children, birth to age 5, and their parents, that meet weekly. Classes are led by early childhood development teachers, and are meant to be educational both for parents and children. Classes have a different topic each week, and include parent-child interaction time, parent discussion time, and child activity time. Check with your school district for more information.
Various days and times – MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support) clubs are groups of moms that meet, based on geographical location. Their goals are: To provide a support group for mothers who choose to stay at home to raise their children, To provide a forum for topics of interest to mothers, To help children in the community, and To perform at least one service project yearly helping needy children. Check out their website for more information, and to find a group in your town!
Various days and times – MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) Groups are held at various churches throughout the Twin Cities. MOPS groups are communities that strive to meet the needs of every mom with children from birth through kindergarten. MOPS recognizes that urban, suburban, and rural moms, stay-at-home and working moms, teen, single, and married moms all share a similar desire to be the very best moms they can be. View their website for more details and to find a group near you.
Various days and times – The Saint Paul Moms Group is a group for all moms, not just new moms. It is also open to expecting moms.
Free Parent-Infant Class: In this class, children play and explore in an environment created to support their development of language, movement, and independence. They are supported by their parents and Montessori Guides. Parents share and learn together, interact with and observe their children, and discuss topics of child development and parenting. The class is held at Lake Country School in south Minneapolis. More information, class dates and registration can be found at http://lakecountryschool.org/parent-infant-class.
Birth & Soul LLC offers a New Parent Group every other Monday morning from 10:30am-12pm. Join them for a warm cup of coffee and to meet other parents from the area. They’ll also have a weigh-in with a Breastfeeding Counselor and baby-wearing specialists available.
Many of the groups above area also open to dads and partners. However, if you are looking for a group more focused, check our our post: Groups for Dads and Partners.
Once you check these out, comment to share your review!