DON'T DO IT ALONE
Once you have made a decision, it takes courage to persevere with it. And you need support to face each season well. Maybe you don't have many friends in your world who can support you in an encouraging way. We have learned from experience that friends make a big difference, as their words can have a profound impact on how we feel and how we act. We would like to help you by introducing you to a new, encouraging friend. You don't need to do this alone.
We have been gathering a group of women who are passionate about being friends to women facing difficult pregnancies. They are not professionals, or counsellors, but women who know what pregnancy, childbirth and raising children is like. They are regular women, but they are living healthy and strong lives and they know how to be a friend. We would love to connect you with one of these women, who can offer strength in your world. She can support you when you are down and help you look positively at the challenges you face.
This may be a new thought to you. It may seem a bit daunting. We'd like to keep it relaxed, in a way that is comfortable for you. If you like the idea of support, but prefer to remain anonymous, then we can introduce you to an online friend via email. Or if you would value a more personal connection, then you can have a face-to-face friend. Either way, we hope this new friend will be a lifeline of hope and support, at this time when you need it the most.
If for any reason, you decide after meeting us that you would prefer not to continue communication with your new friend, that is totally fine. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can either put you in touch with a different new friend, or simply take you off our contact list, depending on what you prefer. We respect and value your privacy and want to be a help, not a burden.
* Please note: At this point, face-to-face friends are only available in Melbourne's East, South-East and Bayside suburbs.
If a supporting friend is not what you are looking for, but you don't want to face your pregnancy alone, a MOPS group is a great way to connect with other mums in your local area. MOPS stands for 'Mothers of Preschoolers'. (This group is also open to pregnant women who don't yet have kids.)
MOPS meets fortnightly. Here's an excerpt from their website (www.mops.org.au):
A MOPS group is (an) inviting environment where women can come just as they are to build friendships, be encouraged and gain practical parenting strategies, while children are lovingly cared for in a MOPPETS program.
If you would like to find a MOPS group that is local to you, then send an email to email@example.com. If you are good at negotiating the web, you may also like to check out the MOPS locations map. This also shows the days and times that different MOPS groups meet.
A good friend is one of life's greatest gifts. And finding a group of friends, such as MOPS, multiplies the reward.
Take the plunge. Let the fears go. You don't have to do it alone. Friends are what help pull us through life's challenges. If the people in your world are not encouraging you then the best thing you can do is find someone who will. And we'd love to be part of that answer for you. Have courage – we are actually nice, real people.
When you're ready, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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