When my first daughter was born four and a half years ago and I was a brand new mom learning everything for the first time there was a group at our local hospital that was a huge source of support for me. Run by one of the best lactation consultants in the Washington, DC area the group was primarily for breastfeeding support but really it was a group for all moms, breastfeeding or not. Once we outgrew attending the group as mom and new baby, I stayed connected through an email listserv where I learned so much about nursing, nutrition and feeding, sleeping, baby and toddler behavior, and so on. So much of who I am as a mom is because of that group, the support everyone provided each other, and the things I learned through the email listserv. I think groups like this are so so so important for new moms. It makes a world of difference when you have a network of other moms to ask for advice and lean on for support. So, when I saw that Ouiam El Hassani (Rainbows & Unicorns Doula Services) and Vicky Honar (IBCLC of Breastfeeding in Bahrain) were hosting a breastfeeding cafe here in Bahrain, I knew I wanted to be involved.
I don't have many regrets when I look back on my time as a brand new mom, but one thing I do regret is not taking more photographs. We did not have professional newborn photos taken of either of my girls. I wish I would have taken the time and invested the money in a quality lifestyle session to capture those early weeks of snuggling my new baby. This is what I wanted to offer the new moms at Oiuam and Vicky's breastfeeding group. Relaxed, easy photos they could look back on to remember a slice of the early days.
This was a challenge for me (I love a good challenge!). I had only ever met one of the women in the group, so almost all of them I did not know. I also had never seen the space and wasn't sure how it would work out for photos. Luckily, the space - 136.1 Yoga Studio in Amwaj - turned out to be light filled and beautiful! I cannot say enough about how beautiful this studio is. And, I had beautiful mamas to photograph also: we had expectant moms, newborns, and a couple adorable toddlers. My hope is that the mamas look back in a year, five years, ten years and are thankful that they took a few minutes to get in front of the camera for these photos with their babies.