Welcome to the HopeWFS blog!
I want to personally welcome you to our little corner of the internet. We view our website as being our "house" and our social media accounts as our "yard". With that being said, welcome to our house! We hope you feel welcomed here and leave feeling inspired and ready to make a positive impact for women and families here in Eastern North Carolina!
Why were we founded?
We were founded in July 2018. You can view a snippet of my personal story for launching HopeWFS here. I am extremely passionate about our mission and vision because I know there is a gap in support here in Eastern North Carolina. The very fabric of our society is centered around family. If our family units, however they are comprised, are not receiving the critical support they need at such a transitional time, what an injustice that is to our local families and inevitably society as a whole.
Our culture is one that thrives on the idea of postpartum women returning to "normal" as soon as possible. Back to normal work schedules, back to regular weight, back to regular self-care time and date nights. What our culture at large fails to realize is normal is illusive. Normal is defined as "conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected". Welcoming a child, regardless if it is through childbirth or adoption, is the birth of a new mother and a woman who has to navigate molding her previous life and sense of self with her new title and child. The industrial age has brought many positive changes to our societies. One thing that has been lost in the passing years is the idea of "it takes a village". Many of us are in our own little silos, trudging along and feeling like we are on autopilot. A majority of members in our society are working long hours and are struggling to keep their households afloat. The need for a village has never left, our society has just changed the narrative.
We were founded because we believe tangible, hands-and-feet support is what our society is missing. We recognize and applaud the efforts and hard work of our local obstetricians, pediatricians, social services, and other invested efforts. We first-hand recognize how critical their work is. We know that their workloads are overflowing. Our projects (you can view who our projects aim to assist here) aim to provide birth doula services, in-home postpartum doula support, educational opportunities, and more. Through these in-person meetings we will help our clients to feel confident, competent, and heard.
Stay tuned for our future post to cover the following: What exactly has happened in the past year? Who are the women behind-the-scenes working for this cause? What signs have presented themselves to keep our team's fire ignited for this cause? What were the takeaways of the training's we have attended? Where are we going? And much more!
P.S. Me writing this blog post since my husband took all three of our kids over to a friend's house so I can work. Anyone with three kids under 5 will likely sense the radiating peace coming off the photo!