I’m Pregnant and Scared. Where Can I Get Experienced Help?


Pregnancy and parenting can be filled with lots of uncertainty. Finding the right help and guidance can be overwhelming. However, there are local pregnancy and parenting education programs that provide guidance, support, and advice to those going through the journey of pregnancy and parenting. Often these programs have mentors who enjoy helping women and families. These mentors may be experienced parents, professionals in the field of childbirth and parenting, or individuals who have specific expertise in areas such as lactation consulting, child development, or family counseling. 

Whether formal or informal, these educational programs and mentorships can play a crucial role in providing encouragement, guidance, and a sense of community during the journey of pregnancy and parenting. Here are some roles and characteristics of pregnancy and parenting mentors:

  • Experienced Parents: Experienced parents who have successfully navigated pregnancy and parenthood can offer valuable insights, share firsthand experiences, and provide practical tips.
  • Healthcare Professionals: Healthcare providers, such as obstetricians, midwives, nurses, and pediatricians, can serve as mentors by offering medical guidance; answering questions related to pregnancy, childbirth, and child health; and providing resources.
  • Lactation Consultants: For breastfeeding mothers, lactation consultants can offer support, advice, and guidance on breastfeeding techniques, address common challenges, and promote a positive breastfeeding experience.
  • Childbirth Educators: Childbirth educators specialize in providing information and education about pregnancy, childbirth, and early parenting. They can help expectant parents understand the birthing process, develop birth plans, and prepare for the arrival of their baby.
  • Parenting Coaches: Parenting coaches or mentors with a background in child development and behavior can provide guidance on parenting styles, discipline strategies, and managing various challenges associated with raising children.
  • Mental Health Professionals: Mental health professionals, such as counselors or therapists specializing in perinatal mental health, can offer support to individuals dealing with emotional and psychological aspects of pregnancy and parenting.
  • Community Support Groups: Joining local or online community support groups led by experienced parents or facilitators can provide a sense of community and shared experiences. These groups often offer a platform for asking questions, sharing concerns, and receiving encouragement.
  • Nonprofit Organizations: Some nonprofit organizations focus on providing support to pregnant individuals and parents. They may offer mentorship programs, resources, and educational materials.
  • Educators in Parenting Classes: Professionals leading parenting classes or workshops can serve as mentors by providing information on a wide range of parenting topics, from newborn care to positive discipline.

What Are My Next Steps?

 Bella Support Services offers a mentor program where moms and/or dads are matched up with seasoned parents who will support them and be their teacher. Simply put, they meet you where you are on your journey through pregnancy. While learning, moms and/or dads will earn credit, which can be spent in Molly’s Boutique (in-house store) on items like strollers, car seats, diapers, wipes, clothing, baby shampoo, formula, and other hygiene items for parents. If you are in need of gas, bus tickets, food or housing, Bella can help connect you to other community resources too.

Call/text Bella at (920) 231-6006 or request an appointment today. 

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