This essay is about my understanding of the experience of becoming a mother and the needs that are created by this creative process. I will write about how some of these needs may be met by participation in a group which includes both new-mother-peers, and a trained and empathic facilitator to do the parallel work of containing the new mothers who must contain their infants’ experience. And I will talk about one specific new mothers group known as the Listening Mothers program.
I have facilitated Listening Mothers groups for a number of years and therefore can only speak from my personal and professional understanding of the group. I hope my perspectives will be interesting and helpful.