Author: PEPS

A local nonprofit helping parents connect and grow as they begin their journey into parenthood.

Overcoming the Challenges of Being a New Parent and Finding Support

Being a new parent can be challenging. No matter how much research you do before your little one joins your family, it’s still common to feel isolated, ill-equipped, or unsupported once they arrive. The Program for Early Parent Support (fondly known as PEPS) and Valley Medical Center’s Children’s Therapy team have partnered to ease some of the worry for new…

Top 5 Stories of 2018 – A Look Back on Your Favorite Articles

5 Basics This Pediatrician Wants Every New Parent to Know Vanessa Raymond, a writer for Right as Rain, a digital publication which provides health and wellness news, tips and information brought to you by the experts at UW Medicine. Pregnancy and Birth in Puerto Rico as an Expat Anjelica Malone, author of Milk Boss 101: The Modern Breastfeeding Journal and Guide shares what it’s like to…

How to be the best grandparent for your grandchild’s and adult children’s mental health

Last month, we gathered to hear an engaging and relevant topic from Shanna Donhauser, a clinically trained social worker and psychotherapist and infant mental health expert. PEPS Grandparents learned how best to support their adult children when they become parents. Parenting changes all the time, and today’s parents experience different demands and expectations. Today there are high expectations for parenting…

Partnering with New Parents in a Spanish language PEPS Group

This spring, Open Arms Perinatal Services and PEPS started a peer support group for Spanish-speaking families. Open Arms hosted these meetings at El Centro de la Raza and coordinated additional support for the mothers who attended. Maria, Community Connector at PEPS, and Betty Hernandez, a doula at Open Arms, led this first-time pilot group. Betty is also an obstetrical nurse and acts…

Raise a Good Human: Bring them to the Theatre 

by Heather Gautschi, Communications Manager, Seattle Children’s Theatre If you’re looking to enhance your child’s artistic activities and experiences, bringing them to live theatre is a great opportunity. The theatre is an amazing place to be utterly, blissfully yourself, and it can be really powerful for children to feel welcomed for precisely who they are. Theatre can be an anchor in an otherwise…

Biking with Baby

Recently we reached out to families with young children in our area who are primarily using bikes for transportation. Families are using bikes for a variety of reasons, including cost, traffic, active lifestyles, environmental reasons and a passion for biking. Amanda Wanner is birth and postpartum doula at Cygnet Doula Services. Amanda uses her bike as a parent, and also…

Preparing for Baby: Emotional Changes and Challenges

by Kimberly Chan This post was originally published at https://www.oktobeimperfect.com/preparing-baby-emotional-changes-challenges/. Emotional changes and challenges should be expected with the arrival of a new baby. As I prepare to lead a PEPS Newborn group discussion on Emotional Changes and Challenges and prepare for the arrival of our second child, I want to share my approach with other new and expecting parents…