The Power of an Online Parenting Group and Where to Find One
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When you’re pregnant, especially with your first baby, you often want to find out all of the information you possibly can about pregnancy and then parenting. One of the ways many women do that is to join an internet group, often called an expecting or due date club to compare their symptoms and experiences with others at or around the same stage of pregnancy. If your baby is already here, you may also opt for a parenting group.
These groups can help ease anxiety, answer questions, and form friendships. A due date club will often naturally turn into a parenting group and if you’re lucky, then a mom club.
I joined such a parenting group when I was pregnant with my first over fourteen years ago. While many members have left over the years, there are still 46 of us left after all that time. We have changed internet homes several times from one forum to another and now we are a Facebook group and still going strong. Now it is just as much about our friendships as it is about our children and these women are all still a very important part of my life and parenting. Many of us have met in person and we are in contact almost daily, even after all this time.
Now it is just as much about our friendships as it is about our children, if not more so. These women are all still a very important part of my life and parenting. Many of us have met in person and we are in contact almost daily, even after all this time. We have seen each other through new babies, loss, divorce, death, illness, and second marriages. Now we are navigating the teen years together.
If you are pregnant or have just recently had a baby I highly suggest joining one of these groups. I can’t imagine my life now without many of my mom and parenting group friends. These women are my lifeline in many ways.
It has been a long time since I joined my birth club and the sites we used in the past on are no longer around anymore, but here are some resources for finding your own to join.
- BabyCenter.com Birth Clubs
- TheBump.com Birth Clubs
- Mothering.com Due Date Clubs
- Mothering.com Groups
- JustMommies.com Playrooms
- Diaperswappers.com Due Date Discussions
You could also enter a search on Facebook for groups for your birth or due date.
Were you a part of an online birth or expecting club? Do you have another resource to add for finding one?
Livejournal.com also has due date groups. I met some of my closest mom friends from my daughter’s due date group. I love how the internet can be such an awesome resource for pregnant women!
Thanks for the tip 🙂
I joined one of these on Babycenter when I was pregnant with my daughter. In hindsight, I wish I would have been more active in it after I had her.