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'Parent to Parent' program helps mothers find answers


Being a mother can sometimes be very stressful especially when you don't have that social support. One program in the Cedar Valley is trying to help local mothers find answers to those everyday parenting questions.

Robin Summers' son Timmy keeps her plenty busy, but Summers still finds time to help other mothers like herself.

"I remember becoming a parent and it can be really stressful and overwhelming at times. I was lucky enough to have social support and I realize some moms don't have that social support," Summers said.

She decided to volunteer for the "Parent to Parent" program through The Family and Children's Council. It's an effort to help answer questions from new mothers on a variety of topics.

The unique part about it, it's a resources that comes to your home.

"They really want just someone to listen to. Sometimes they just like to share some happy moments they have had with their babies," Summers said.

"Anything from how to appropriately wash a babies bottle to why it's important to wait in between pregnancies or when its right to call the doctor or when its ok to probably wait," Adriane Carlson said.

Carlson is the assistant director at Family and Children's Council. She says Black Hawk County used to be 5th in the state when it came to child abuse, now their are 20th.

"We want to be able to say that's because parents are receiving the support they need. They are receiving the information they need to be the best parent they can, but we are also doing it in home visit," said Carlson.

The Cedar Valley United Way uses donated money to support agencies and programs that address community needs in three areas: education, health and income. In the coming days The Courier and KWWL will team up to share some of the programs' success stories. The organization is currently attempting to raise $3.2 million to fund those programs, though need has been estimated to be about $4 million. The campaign ends Jan. 31. Donations are accepted online at www.cedarvalleyunitedway.org  or can be mailed to Cedar Valley United Way, 425 Cedar St., Suite 300, Waterloo, IA, 50701. 


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