The Chicago New Moms Group’s Blog was created by Linda Szmulewitz, licensed clinical social worker, postpartum doula, infant sleep consultant, mother of two children and the founder of The Chicago New Moms Group. After her daughter was born, now over 6 years ago, she participated in a new moms support group near where she was living in New York City. To this day, she still tells people that the group she attended saved her sanity. Each week she looked forward to the incentive to take a shower, get dressed, get out of the house, meet other moms, socialize, laugh and learn. Since then, she has focused her practice on working with women immediately following the birth of their children and beyond. Through her extensive work facilitating groups, Linda has seen firsthand the immeasurable benefits that come from the group setting whereby new moms share experiences and learn from each other as well as from formal parenting education and resources. She has a passion for helping women cope with the wide range of emotions that accompany parenthood and particularly new parenthood.
This blog is a way to provide new and experienced parents with resources that can make their very difficult job just a little bit easier. Whether it is through anecdotal stories from her own parenting experiences or through the sharing of evidenced based parenting research, she hopes that you will come away from this blog feeling a little less “in the dark” when it comes to parenting. There is no manual for Parenthood but hopefully here, you will find some well thought through tips that can be your guide.
Linda has a Master’s degree in social work from The Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is trained through DONA International as a postpartum doula. She also works as an infant sleep consultant, helping families from all over the country with the sometimes elusive uninterrupted night’s sleep.