however, this website aims to go far beyond that age group.
Tampa, FL (PRWEB) May 8, 2008
During the next 12 months, close to one million teenagers will become pregnant in the US, and half will be younger than seventeen. An incredible 95 percent of these pregnancies are unintended. Although teen pregnancy rates have been declining in recent years, the numbers are still staggering. How are these young women dealing with this incredibly life-changing event, and where do they get the support and find the answers they need to deal with the 24-hour-a-day job that parenting brings?
A unique social website called bellyHood.com provides members with the ability to create friendships and find support as they transition into one of the most important phases of their lives: motherhood. The website, which will be officially launched on Mother's Day, May 11th, connects the experienced with the in-experienced, the seasoned mother with the new mother, by promoting the sharing of ideas and experiences affecting any woman or mother. As quoted directly from the website, "It is a place where the true nature of motherhood is nurtured."
"In today's world where Internet social networking is so popular among teenagers and young adults, it is no surprise that bellyHood will attract younger women," says mother and co-founder, Katheryn Poco (known as MommaPoco to this online community); "however, this website aims to go far beyond that age group." Its goal is to break the "off-limits" mentality associated with popular social networking sites and offer a safe, nurturing environment where women of all ages can connect about topics related to their role as mothers. Although it is fun to chat about celebrities or your new hair style with your friends, which of course can be and is done at bellyHood, our primary intent is to capture and share the true motherly insticts of every woman. Upon the birth of my son, my interests dramatically shifted. As I transitioned into motherhood, I truly found myself lacking the support I needed within my own social network of friends, which is really what initiated the idea around bellyHood. My life is now full of new inspirations, such as Jenny McCarthy's struggle with her son's autism. Even after his incredible improvement during recovery, she hasn't turned away. Her determination to battle the vaccine manafucturers remains very much alive, and today you can still find her demanding answers. To me, this is the true reflection of motherhood, the fabric of what women are really made out of. Protecting and guiding our children, leaving behind an everlasting legacy.
To quote Anne Stiller, IBCLC, a registered nurse and lactation consultant and a member of bellyHood.com, "A strong support system is vitally important to help young families grow strong and thrive. Peer support has become more necessary in today's society where distance and limited contact with extended family members is so often the norm and small, nuclear families are often isolated from loved ones who, in past generations, were always around to offer advice and assistance with child rearing. BellyHood.com will provide a valuable forum to promote positive contact among mothers of all ages for mutual support." Anne's online profile, which is categorized as Support Giver - Belly Buddy, a term given to members who buddy up with one another, is a perfect example of the essence this community intends to capture.
Whether a woman is a new mother, a grandmother, a foster mother, an expectant mother, or just planning to become a mother, the common denominator is there. Deep within the fabric of motherhood lies a woman's true nature. That of a nurturing, giver of life. BellyHood.com seeks to support and nurture that nature.
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