NEW Moms Connect

Expecting your first baby? Join this program to have a positive start!

We all want pregnancy, birth and parenting to go well. You may be eligible be a part of a study that helps soon-to-be moms manage stress, enjoy your baby and increase your sense of well-being.

The University of Washington’s Center for Child and Family Well-Being (CCFW) has developed three programs to support pregnant women and new moms. The goal of these programs is to help you adjust to your life as a new mom and experience the joys of parenting more fully. A theme throughout the programs is incorporating mindfulness, which means paying attention in the present moment without judgment. Mindfulness has been shown in previous research to be very helpful in reducing stress and promoting health.

If you participate this study, you will be assigned to one of the three programs, based on your due date. All three programs include:

  • Group classes held weekly for 6 weeks.
  • Two individual sessions with program staff.
  • Practical skills for managing the joys and challenges of becoming a parent.
  • Mindfulness-based stress management that can be applied to birth or parenting. 

  • Self-care tools that support calm and connected parenting.
  • An opportunity to address your concerns one-on-one, and to receive individual support for your growth as you become a new parent.

The three different programs are:

  1. A prenatal childbirth class that aims to support healthy and positive childbirth experiences, and offers information and skills to prepare for childbirth and parenting a newborn. You would attend while you are still pregnant.
  2. A class for new moms that helps reduce stress, ease the transition to being a new parent and support positive connections with your baby. You would attend after your baby is born.
  3. A parenting skills class for new moms that supports sensitive, responsive, consistent parenting and positive parent-infant relationships. You would attend after your baby is born.

If you are assigned to programs 2 or 3, you would attend starting when your baby is about 3 months old. You would be able to bring your baby with you and we will have some child care support available.

You also will be asked to meet with research staff at the University of Washington for four assessment meetings, where you will complete surveys and participate in activities with your baby. To thank you for your time, we will pay you $90 cash for the first assessment, $100 for the second, $110 for the third and $120 for the fourth. You will also be reimbursed for parking or public transportation costs for all the assessments. You will also be given a $10 Fred Meyer/QFC gift card for each class you attend. 

You will be able to opt out of any of the assessment procedures and will not be asked to talk about anything that makes you uncomfortable during the classes or individual sessions.

You may be able take part in the study if you:

  • Are expecting your first baby;
  • Are currently less than 33 weeks pregnant, with a single baby (not twins or multiples);
  • Are 18 or older;
  • Are English-speaking; and
  • Have a household income of less than $45,000.



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Anna at: (206) 221-7049