After I retired from a 40 year career in pediatrics, I realized I missed babies and working with new parents. It was always the most rewarding part of my work. Working as a volunteer with Many Mothers was the perfect outlet. I am currently serving my third set of clients. It has been a fulfilling and enjoyable experience to come into the home and interact with the babies and parents. Sometimes it is nothing more than sitting with a parent and discussing and listening to their feelings. Often, due to my experience in pediatrics, I offer practical advice regarding routine newborn and infant care. I also have engaged in simply watching the baby while a parent takes a nap or takes a shower. I have also been more than happy to assist an overwhelmed parent in routine housework. One client told me it was like having a grandparent (I'm 72) come by and offer a helping hand. Many Mothers is a worthy organization offering what oftentimes is an overlooked service.
I am a volunteer and a board member. My first mother was an immigrant with a premature baby. I was able to help the family navigate frequent doctor visits and concerns, and support them with their first child. I learned probably more from my mother and her baby than she learned from me! She and her husband have shared a great deal about their culture, religion, family and food with me. Their families back home were extremely grateful for the support and caring given to their son and daughter by Many Mothers.