A community space for pregnant people to come together & participate in activities to help reduce feelings of loneliness
Although pregnancy is supposed to be one of the happiest times in a person's life, for many this time can be lonely. Having experienced this, I have since been able to speak more openly & have discovered that I am certainly not alone! My goal is to reduce the loneliness that people feel during their pregnancy by creating a community space where women can connect with one another & join in a variety of programs that cater to the needs of people during the first, second, third & fourth trimester.
Success will be measured in three areas: event attendance, cafe sales & participant feedback focused on how we helped participants feel less lonely during this time.
I intend to do this through two key focuses:
Designed with pregnancy in mind, the space will facilitate group connection. All classes will be taught by local professionals to help participants feel inspired & cared for during this time in life.
In order to achieve this plan, I need to:
Find a location and renovate
Launch a marketing plan through local midwives, daycares & baby stores
Create a website to register for events & host events online
“Approximately one in four people in the Netherlands will, come in contact with a depression or an anxiety disorder”(Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam). “During pregnancy & the postpartum period, there is a 15-20% chance of (re) developing psychological complaints” (POP polyclinic of OLVG). Here in Amsterdam west, families play a critical part of the community (as evidenced by our busy playgrounds, midwives & childrens stores). While there is support for moms once their babies are born & medical support, emotional care during the four trimesters is notable absent. My plan is to create a community space that supports pregnant people during the four trimesters of pregnancy & postpartum to minimize their risk of loneliness during this critical period.