When you bring home that new bundle of joy, remember that the baby is not the only one needing special care. New moms–whether this is their first or seventh baby–have healing to do, physically as well as emotionally. This week we’ll focus on caring for new mamas.
Sometimes the best gift you can give a new mom (especially a first-time mom) is encouragement and reassurance. I remember when my first child was born. My mom came to stay with me a while, but after she went back home and my husband returned to work, I felt very isolated. We’d moved to a different part of the state four months earlier, and I really didn’t know anyone here yet. I depended–a lot–on every parenting book I could get my hands on. And in those days before flat-rate long-distance calling plans, my phone bills were insanely high.
Trish Berg’s book Rattled is one that many new moms can relate to. Filled with encouraging stories and tips, this guide to “surviving your baby’s first year without losing your cool” is written with the very busy reader in mind. The author knows full well that you may only get precious minutes here and there to read, so the book is divided into short sections. This is an excellent resource, written from a Christian perspective.