This post was sponsored by Seven Starling, all opinions are our own.
Here at Rookie Moms, we are all about community. The first piece of advice we have for every mom-to-be is to find the people you can count on. Part of your support system will be built around your friends and family, but these people are not necessarily in the same phase of life as you. This leaves you with a gap of people that you can really relate to. This is where building a community of your own comes in. Seven Starling is an amazing place to start. It is a comprehensive support system and they will walk alongside you through pregnancy and postpartum, through the highs and the lows. In moments that you feel alone, Seven Starling reminds you that you have people around you who truly get it.
What is Seven Starling?
Seven Starling is an app that gives you access to guidance, education, and group support through your pregnancy and postpartum journeys. At the beginning of pregnancy, many women find the overload of information stressful, not knowing where to turn. You have got your sister telling you one thing, your mother-in-law insisting upon another, and the whole internet full of conflicting opinions. Sometimes you might just want someone to unload on and relate to, and Seven Starling will be there for that. You can turn to them for expert guidance for both the big things (e.g. breastfeeding questions) and the little things (which one-handed foods are most encouraged).
The thing that I find to be the absolute coolest about this app is that you get set up with an expert Doula who you can chat with during group sessions every other week. If you are unsure about hiring a Doula or simply can’t afford one, this app is a budget-friendly way to still have access to a Doula’s expertise. Plus, the Seven Starling Doulas are definitely women you want in your corner, as evidenced by the multitude of reviews on their website. In addition to the bi-weekly group sessions, you can use the app to chat with your doula and expect a response within 24 hours.
Having both experts and friends in your community is essential. With Seven Starling, not only will you be able to connect with experts but you will also connect with other moms just like you. Nobody can relate to you better than someone who is going through the exact same thing, at the exact same time. However, I know from experience that fitting new friendships into your already busy life can be a challenge. Building friendships online is an easy way for busy moms to get the connection they need.
What will I learn?
It really is a lot like joining your typical pregnancy or childbirth class, except you get to do it all from the comfort of your own home (and in sweatpants)! Seven Starling’s team includes a board-certified OB/GYN, a board-certified pediatrician, a certified Nurse Midwife, and a clinical psychologist. Because of these amazing experts, the education continues beyond pregnancy and childbirth into 1+ year postpartum and parenting, which is more than your typical pregnancy class.
Wondering what the format is like for learning all this good stuff? You will be set up with a personalized week-by-week program that goes through varying subjects depending on where you are in your journey. Some examples include learning about proper nutrition and concerning symptoms in early pregnancy along with postpartum healing and newborn developmental milestones after your baby has arrived. If you have additional questions about what you learn in the program, you can chat with an expert anytime!
You will also have the opportunity to go over everything you learn with your small group led by your Doula every other week. These small group sessions give you a safe space to deepen your knowledge and learn from other moms.
How do I join?
To join, you will need to first go to the website, select your membership, and then register. Once you register for your membership, you will be set up with a personalized program and a dedicated doula. You will also have access to chat with an expert anytime with a guaranteed response within 24 hours, and can also chat with your small group of 7 as questions arise. Memberships are just $37 a month AND they can be canceled at any time. I love that it’s not some huge commitment that new moms have to make. You can simply dip your toes in the water and see if Seven Starling is the right fit for you. Ready to join in and receive the support and guidance you have been looking for? It’s actually pretty easy to get started, head to www.sevenstarling.com.
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