I'm so glad you've found your way here to connect with other moms.
Learn more here: www.parentsintoto.org/empowering-moms
So what is our program? It's called Empowering Moms and it is a program through Parents in Toto, a nonprofit located north of Pittsburgh in Zelienople. Parents in Toto is growing beyond the autism support groups we have historically focused on and expanding to meet additional family needs. Our Empowering Moms program embraces the community-based, support-giving and empowerment-focused "toto-way" and is for families as they begin! Specifically for us moms.
This program provides support groups to new moms in the first years of parenting. We want to help moms gain confidence and community at a time that can be overwhelming and exhausting. And we always have room for more moms. New mom groups occur weekly on Zoom and in-person. You do not need to be local to participate in Zoom group! With Zoom based groups, you can join us from home, no worries about packing all the things for the babies and it's DEFINITELY come as you are to groups (always has been and always will be). Actually, during these groups you can even hop on and off if you need to put a little one down for nap. And fussy kids are not a deterrent. We also have monthly calls for moms who are back to work, in the toddler years or want to connect on additional parenting topics. In addition, we have a Facebook group open to you to extend our community of support. It is an extension available to those who have attended programs. I'm really proud of how encouraging and accepting it is.
So who am I? I'm Megan Shane- Program Manager AND a mom of three. One is 13 and the other is 9 going on 19! AND we just welcomed a third the beginning of June 2021! Yep- for real :D. I'm a mental health therapist with a variety of background experience. Before I had children I worked as a behavioral and mental health therapist with kids and families facing a wide array of challenges. That time gave me a lot of awareness of how to implement systems and supports in my own home and for new parents too. Though, having my own kids gave me a LARGE dose of perspective of the realities and challenges we face. I started facilitating new mom's community groups in person in 2016. I LOVED it right away. This program will always be based in supporting the transition into motherhood, and we can expand and meet dynamic needs. Moms realize needs throughout the journey because really at each stage you are a new mom! It’s a wild adventure. :-)
My passion is to help moms find empowerment, support one another and continue to grow.
As a community non-profit program, we work to ensure groups are open and accessible. There is always the encouragement and opportunity to donate or sponsor the program so that groups can continue to be a resource to you and other moms. And volunteers rock too as we seek funding and opportunities to sustain the program and support our community.
If you know of a mom who needs to plug into our groups, please send them the link to complete this form. (http://bit.ly/momgroupsignup
) This way they can get the invites and updates for the program. New moms should not feel alone in the early weeks, months or the life transitions to come! And we now include expecting moms in that too.
Regular programming RSVPs are here: www.Calendly.com/empowering-moms
It can include:
A weekly call for moms in the first year of parenting.
Toddler Time every other week.
Evening calls for moms who are working or occupied during the day.
In-person, daytime, meet ups for New moms and babies.
In-person evening meet ups for Mom's Night.
Monthly workshops on a variety of topics.
In-person opportunities are at Parents in Toto in Zelienople (143 S. Main St Zelienople, PA 16063) where we will follow CDC and Butler county protocols related to Covid. The schedule and call links will be sent out each week- most likely with some form of accompanying deep thought from me. (HA! ;-))
You can also opt into getting texts from me monthly so you can keep track of joining us. (Especially since being victims of mom brain is a real challenge!)
Please email with any questions or come to the groups with them!
Add me to your contacts: Megan@parentsintoto.org
See you there.