It’s always been challenging to be a working mom. Whoever said we can “have it all” clearly wasn’t trying to do it all at once. On top of juggling between working and being a good enough mother, there is the emotional and mental labor that goes into the planning and thinking ahead at all times to make sure the family train keeps chugging along, the natural stress and strain that our relationship with our partner can encounter, and the fear and guilt of doing everything wrong, or not enough, or hearing that horrible word over and over again in our minds – that word “should”. And then you throw Coronavirus on top of it. One or more parents attempting to work from home while entertaining, caring for and home-schooling babies, toddler and elementary aged children – it can feel like way too much to handle. You are not alone in feeling this way – this is super hard – and its uncharted territory. If you are looking to connect with other like-minded moms that are also making this up as they go along, as well as skills and techniques to help you navigate these murky waters – this support group is for you!
Instructor: Paige Bellenbaum, LMSW
Paige Bellenbaum, LMSW is the Founding Director and Chief External Relations Officer at The Motherhood Center of New York. After her first child was born, Paige suffered from severe postpartum depression that nearly ended her life. Once she began to heal, she became committed to fighting for education, screening and treatment for postpartum depression so that no more women would have to suffer silently. Paige has been an outspoken advocate on the issue of postpartum depression, and uses her own story as a tool for change. She has appeared on the Today Show, NPR, PBS Newshour and in Women’s Health Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and several other media outlets.