New Mother’s Group 2020

Sign up to the February 2020 New Mothers' Group

New Mothers Group starting 11th February 2020

Since 2017, Compass Psychology has run a mother’s group for foreign and English speaking women in the Helsinki region who have become first time mothers. We understand that being a new mother is exciting, but it can also be daunting and lonely especially if Finland is your home away from home. The aim of this group is to provide you with practical advice for yourself and your newborn baby, as well as a social support system for you in Helsinki.

In our four week program we offer:

  • Post natal yoga & recovery from birth, using exercises that you can do with your baby, led by a qualified Birthlight yoga teacher
  • Information on social services in Finland, where to get help for you or your baby, useful contacts and resources in English
  • Answers to all your breastfeeding questions from a lactaction advisor and a chiropractor.
  • A chance to talk about your birth, changes in your life and relationships after the birth and the emotional difficulties of having a baby when you are far away from home, friends and relatives, supervised by a qualified psychologist at all times.

The New Mothers’ Group is your chance to talk to other mothers about the highs and the lows of new parenthood in a relaxed and welcoming setting. At the same time you will also learn more about your recovery from the birth, feeding, sleeping, post natal mental health and other topics from a variety of professionals. Most importantly, you’ll meet other mothers going through what you’re experiencing, and start friendships that could last a lifetime.

The next group is starting on Tuesday the 11th February 2020 for 4 weeks. This group is for first-time mothers of babies born in October, November and December 2019 and January 2020. If you are interested in attending the group, please sign up using the link above.

Please note that the group is intended for babies of the same age and you are only eligible to join one group based on the age of your baby. The next group will be in May 2020 for babies born between January 2020 and April 2020.

The group is for 4 weeks and you should commit to your best ability to attending all the sessions. The group is intended for non-Finnish speaking women who are immigrants or expatriates in Finland for whom it is difficult to access Finnish-language services. This group is run as a not-for-profit community service by Compass Psychology to the English-speaking, international community in the Helsinki region.

Practical Details

The group is for first time mothers of  newborn babies who are around the same age (e.g. 1 to 4 months of age). The group will be run in English and will be for a maximum of 10 mothers.

It is held in at our office in Pohjoinen Hesperiankatu 3B9 once a week for 4 weeks in the morning. The location will offer a safe and comfortable space where you can relax, and easily feed and change your baby. After this we will facilitate the group continuing to meet socially in their own time.

The next group is starting in February 2020 for 4 weeks. This group is for mothers of babies born in October, November and December 2019 and January 2020.

Each week a different professional will come to speak to you. In 2020 the professionals speaking will be:  a chiropractor specialising in mother and baby health (Samantha Leckie); a pre- and post-natal yoga teacher, Nicola Moberg from Purna Yoga; and a doula/lactation/breastfeeding advisor, Veera Gindonis from Doulakka; as well as either Jane or Annabel, clinical psychologists at Compass Psychology

 Where: Pohjoinen Hesperiankatu 3b9, Töölö, Helsinki

When: Tuesdays 11th, 18th and 25th February and 3rd March 2020

Time: 9:45am to 11:30am (doors to the office open at 9:30am)

  What to bring: please bring comfortable clothes for the yoga session; a baby bag with nappies, spare change of clothes for your baby; anything else you might need. We will provide changing equipment and wipes, tea and coffee, cake and biscuits, and a space for you to breastfeed your baby.

The group is NOT run for profit but will include a charge of 15€ per session to cover tea, coffee, refreshments, resources and use of the venue.

If you are interested in attending the group, please sign up here or by using the link at the top of the page.

If you have any further questions about the group please contact Jane:

Nicola Moberg, of Purna Yoga, teaching mothers about post natal recovery

New Mothers' Group one year celebration picnic in August 2018

Here are some of the mothers and babies who attended our New Mothers’ Group in 2018 at a picnic we organised in August 2018 to celebrate one year of successfully running the New Mothers’ Group. We aim to hold this picnic annually for all mothers of from the previous year’s mothers’ groups.

Veera from Doulakka speaking to the mothers about breastfeeding. She is holding a doll baby which she uses to demonstrate breastfeeding techniques and positions.