May is Maternal Mental Health Awareness month. I care deeply about the many issues we address at JF&CS, but this one is particularly personal for me. Nineteen years ago, after the premature birth of my twins, I felt scared and confused. I was not confident in my ability to parent these tiny humans, especially on four hours of sleep each night. As a successful professional, I would never have expected to benefit from a human service agency. But now I know better.
Thankfully, I found my way to JF&CS and the Lauren & Mark Rubin Visiting Moms®. Like our clients, I was relieved to see a friendly face (and an extra pair of hands), to engage in adult conversation, to have a chance to confess that I sometimes felt overwhelmed and tired.
So many moms, from across our community and throughout the world, find themselves unsure and isolated, even when surrounded by friends and family. Whether anxious, depressed or simply exhausted, their feelings are both understandable and intense.
In this issue of Making Connections, you’ll learn a bit more about how we support new families and those who care for them. I am deeply proud of this work, and so grateful for the support I received those many years ago.