PEPS family
Greetings, PEPS family!

Spring is one of my favorite times of year. Plants and animals are waking up from their winter slumber, and best of all, birds are making their annual return to the Pacific Northwest to start a new family!

For plants, birds, and other animals, things have been business as usual. Here at PEPS, we have been flexing and pivoting in order to continue to do what we do best during this unusual time of physical distancing and stay at home orders: bring families together for support and connection.

At the beginning of March and due to the pandemic, PEPS made the decision to move all of our Newborn PEPS group meetings online. While the transition to meeting virtually had its initial challenges, our families have been resilient and there are currently 352 families meeting in 46 PEPS groups, finding support and connection together! 

Our AMAZING Group Leaders have shown flexibility and patience during this transition to virtual groups, too. Our virtual groups are happening in large part thanks to their unwavering dedication to supporting families. In turn, our Community Connectors have been hosting weekly online chats for leaders to offer support, answer questions, and offer tips on how to facilitate the PEPS curriculum online.

We continue to look for ways to further support the community. We are currently:
  • piloting a 6-week, drop-in series for expectant parents
  • introducing Saturday afternoon virtual 2-parent Newborn groups, which typically meet in the evenings
  • offering evening virtual Second Time Around groups
  • offering virtual groups that connect families living in broader geographical areas

Our work to connect families has extended beyond new parents. Families have been sharing through the years that peer support for parents of adolescents and teens is much needed - yet there is a gap. As we continue to gauge what that support can look like for parents of adolescents and teens, we are working diligently to create a program that will offer the connection and support these parents need as their children transition from childhood into their teenage years. If your family includes a child between 10-20 years old, please consider sharing about your experience through our survey.

Despite these uncertain times, our team at PEPS continues to move forward, adapting and learning, with an unwavering commitment to supporting families through connection. We are grateful to everyone who fuels our work, including our group leaders, donors, sponsors, and so many others. Thank you for being a part of this community.

With gratitude,
Kintea
Kintea Bryant
Program Director
Resources & Inspiration
Social Support in Times of Social Distancing

New parents need social support. Learn one way parents can find that through a new text-based support program involving parent mentors. (Estimated reading time: 4 mins)

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blog.peps.org
Mental Health Support for New and Expectant Parents

Dr. Leslie Butterfield, a local perinatal psychologist, offers her support and some ideas on bringing calm to some of the anxieties felt by new and expectant parents around birth plans, labor, and delivery. (Estimated reading time: 8 mins)

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www.seattleschild.com
Tips on How to Keep Your Newborn Safe and Healthy During ...

Find answers to some of the common concerns that parents with newborns are bringing up to their doctor about pregnancy, infants, and COVID-19. (Estimated reading time: 9 mins)

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blog.peps.org
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What to Know About Coronavirus and Pregnancy

The CDC lists pregnant women at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Why is that and what does it mean for a mother and and her growing baby? Two professors from UW offer insights from their research...(Estimated reading time: 9 mins)

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rightasrain.uwmedicine.org
Identify. Speak Up. Report.
Misinformation about coronavirus can create fear and hostility that hurts people, making it harder to keep everyone healthy. We are stronger as a community when we stand together against discrimination.

We hope you'll access and share these resources from King County Public Health on coronavirus and stigma to prevent, interrupt, and respond to racism and discrimination.
Baby peppers
Calendar of Events

May 20 | 7 – 8:30pm
Virtual presentation

Every Friday
11:30am – 1pm
Meeting virtually
More than 95 generous friends of PEPS contributed over $18,500 in support of new parents during GiveBIG .

THANK YOU to everyone who gave, forwarded an email, shared a Facebook post, or attended our virtual event!

If you missed out on this campaign, we hope you'll consider becoming a monthly giving circle member and provide PEPS with stable support in these uncertain times.
No More Under: The story, the film, the cause

Learn what one mother and her nonprofit organization is doing to educate parents and activate change to prevent drowning deaths. (Estimated reading time: 5 mins)

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www.bellevueclub.com
Supporting Youth and Families Impacted by Foster Care

Learn more about foster care, the rewarding work, and how individuals can make an impact for youth and families in foster care and the organizations that support them. (Estimated reading time: 4 minutes)

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blog.peps.org
WA529 is Here to Help in Your Child's College Savings...

With the rapidly evolving impacts of COVID-19 on daily life, it is important to keep in perspective that your child's dreams and your goals for their future are long-term and boundless. (Estimated reading time: 3 mins)

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blog.peps.org
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