Two Key Ways to Help Moms and Newborns Thrive

Recently, The Wall Street Journal reported that one in five new mothers in the United States experiences a postpartum mood or anxiety disorder. American women love and enjoy their babies, but the truth is that caring for a newborn is very hard. Even an “easy” baby will put his parents through the wringer in the first year, creating physically and personally stressful situations that increase risks to both mother and baby. Unfortunately, help is hard to come by in today’s parenting culture, especially for lower-income moms. New parents need more flexibility, affirmation, information, and support in order to thrive. This is especially true in two crucial areas: mother and infant sleep and breastfeeding.