How Mom Friends came about
Mom Friends is Aviva, Lisa and Liz in Ottawa, Ontario. These ladies know a lot of people making babies, and have made a few themselves. From these experiences-especially for first-timers-that there is a lack of knowledge and access to postpartum care products that support healthy bodies and minds. There seems to be a bit of an unspoken stigma about what post-birth is like for mom. They want to fix that by increasing how women and their loved ones share information, peer support and postpartum resources. Mom Friends had some ideas themselves, however thanks to the input of hundreds of moms they have come up with practical, intimate and thoughtful postpartum care kits to help moms and their loved ones during those special first days. It turns out, there is a core list of items which help for all kinds of postpartum recovery.
Their experience having babies
After Aviva and Lisa had their first babies, they realized that they knew very little about postpartum care. Aviva even had her dad run out after her first to buy adult diapers! So they began gifting postpartum care kits to friends at their baby showers. When they were putting them together they found that the items were often hard to find and the quantities often weren’t quite right for products used during the first week after giving birth (e.g. adult diapers). So really the idea came from their struggle as new moms and friends of new moms!
Their philosophy is that often a healthy baby isn’t possible without healthy mom too. Thus moms must take care of themselves first! Postpartum is a time of emotional and physical healing in a lot of ways which is why it’s so important to rest and relax. Moms must not refrain from getting help from their loved ones!
What people can expect from Mom Friends
Since postpartum rest and recovery is primarily for the mom to figure out, she can’t do it alone. By developing the postpartum care kits, they are hoping that awareness around postpartum support grows and will start a conversation between moms and all of their supports. In regards to the kits themselves, Mom Friends heard from moms of multiples, moms who stayed home, moms who went to a hospital or birth centre, moms who experienced vaginal birth, c-sections, and types of birth they didn’t even know were possible. From there, they developed two kits: Beyond the Bump Care Kit and Above & Beyond the Bump Care Kit. The Above & Beyond the Bump has all the essential items that the Beyond the Bump has including The F Wrap nursing pads, adult diapers, pads, nipple cream, etc… but it also includes some nice pampering items like soap, lip balm and chocolate from local Ottawa suppliers.
These kits are a perfect baby shower gift, or a gift from a supportive partner, friend or family member. Also moms-to-be can buy for themselves as it’s more convenient than running around buying all these items nine months pregnant when they can spend time relaxing before baby comes! People can buy these kits through their website momfriends.ca or within their Facebook page. They also ship anywhere across Canada through Canada Post and FREE local pickup in Ottawa. You can also follow Mom Friends on Instagram, Twitter & Pinterest @MomFriendsKits!