Whether you’re expecting a baby or new to the trenches of motherhood, you have a lot of questions. Unfortunately, things get complicated during a pandemic when pregnant mothers are told to stay away from high-exposure locations like hospitals, or if your community doesn’t offer good prenatal services. But a new program called “Nurture by NAPS” could change that, by educating women about parenting and giving them vital information in a virtual environment.
Nurture by NAPS is the brainchild of Boston NAPS. The company was founded in 2011 by nurses Jamie O’Day and Emily Silver. During their time working in the labor and delivery unit of a local hospital, they realized that numerous patients needed postpartum care and information. Since it began, Boston NAPS has grown into a reputable leader in women’s and postpartum care, which has now led to the launch of this new program.
Nurture by NAPS – Offerings
Nurture by NAPS is a subscription-based digital education platform for new and expectant mothers that gives them on-demand courses about postpartum and pregnancy-related topics. There are also live webinars that meet weekly, a live Q&A with a registered nurse, and an “Ask a Nurse” feature that lets members post questions and get a response at any time of the day.
“Members participate in our evidence-based online curriculum that includes short video clips that demonstrate key concepts, pre-recorded webinars and masterclasses that explore our most popular questions from clients, and workshops to apply your knowledge,” co-founder Emily Silver tells Parentology.
The programs are broken down into five different categories to address each stage of parenting; pregnancy, 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months, and 9-12 months. The online platform aims to create a sense of community where parents can get the information they need while connecting with others who are in the same part of their journey.
“We want our families to feel empowered and have the tools they need to take care of their baby, but also step back and choose what is the best fit for their own family,” says Silver.
Helping Women Get Answers
Asking questions about pregnancy and motherhood is not always easy for women. Silver explains that some may feel as though they need to do everything without asking or needing help, and may end up acting like martyrs.
“Nurture by NAPS is important for women because we normalize asking for help when you have a baby,” she says. In the program, women and their partners learn how to care for their babies as well as how to incorporate good communication and self-care.
“We are able to put women in front of each other virtually, from all over, so they can quickly learn that they are not alone and that they all share in the same highs, lows, struggles and moments of joy,” Silver explains to Parentology.
Timing Is Everything
While women can always use important information about pregnancy and parenting, the launch of Nurture by NAPS comes at a critical time. As the pandemic hit and social distance mandates unfolded, getting to doctor’s appointments was becoming more difficult, and new moms became more isolated at home with their newborns.
“We want to bring these women the support and care that they both physically and mentally need during and after pregnancy, and connect them to our community where they can meet their mom friends who have a baby the same age as theirs,” explains Silver.
Nurture by NAPS also aims to bridge the healthcare accessibility gap that exists around the country. According to the March of Dimes, more than 5 million women in the U.S. live in “maternity care deserts,” where they lack proper pregnancy and postpartum care. Through Nurture by NAPS, women in these communities can also get them the information they need.
“Every mom deserves that trusted resource that can turn to on a good day or bad day,” says Silver.
The service offers different programming options, which start at $175. To see which option is right for you and your family, visit www.bostonnaps.com.
Nurture by NAPS — Sources
Emily Silver, Co-founder of Boston NAPS