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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Make room for the Babies

So in my ward, we had three women give birth in the last ten days. The mothers room was packed-actually it's just a little part off the bathroom with one rocking chair in it and a folding chair. We had to add two more folding chairs and were sitting elbow to elbow nursing our babies with one lady on the floor-and there were still four other nursing moms not in attendance. So my question is this, with 9 nursing moms(and 2 more due in sept)would you ask for a larger temporary mother's lounge to accomadate the growing mass of new mothers? And who do you ask that kind of question to?? Have any of you had a similar situation in your wards??

8 comments:

Melissa said...

This is a problem I have seen in every ward I have lived in. There is never enough room. In one ward we approached the leadership about it without any success. So good luck!! I blame it on poor planning. I mean, come on, It seems that with multiple wards attending at the same time and the women all needing space that it would be better planned!! I think to that men don't realize that babies may take longer than 10-15 minutes to nurse. I feel like I'm in there at least an hour with all of my kids! sorry, it's so long, but this is the topic that has always annoyed me!

David and Kira said...

I agree that there are some very small rooms. I saw the biggest mother's room while visiting in Rexburg in the fall. Now they planned for LOTS of babies at the young married student ward. When I walked in and turned the corner there was a big u-shape of 15 rocking chairs!! There was even a R.S. presidency having a meeting in there at one point. I just had to laugh.

Em & M's said...

Our ward doesn't have too many babies, but the ward after ours has a ton! We had 2 rocking chairs in our mother's lounge and squoze in 2 folding chairs and people were still turned away. I always tried to avoid nursing during the 3rd hour to escape the problem. During Sunday School? No problem! Maybe try to adjust her schedule? Just a suggestion. I'm just glad Madelyn doesn't have to eat at church anymore. We just wait until we get home. Before I was tempted just to go out to the car. Good luck! Let us know what happens.

Brooklet said...

I was in a ward once where they took one of the classrooms and changed it into a mothers room because of over population. That might be an option.

Carrie said...

Our ward is like Brooke's suggestion. We have two small old couches, a rocking chair and changing table. Someone recently brought in some toys from the nursery for older siblings to play with. It's great!

Jake and Angie said...

Our branch doesn't have any babies now, but will have one in Oct when my sister has her baby. SO there is no mother's lounge at all, you just have to find an empty room.

NaDell said...

In our ward, we have two nice chairs and room for a couple of folding chairs. When my first was born, one Sunday there were actually like 9 women in there (a couple with kids) and I sat underneath the counter with a two month old after a c-section. Now, I just wait until RS and nurse in class up against the wall. Sometimes in SS too. I'm very covered though. Hopefully Vincent won't start pulling down the blanket anytime soon.

sunlover76 said...

At Christmas-time we had 5 new babies born, not to mention the few before and after that! Our nursery has partitions, so they took away a little bit of the nursery for a larger mother's room. It's pretty nice, with 2 recliners and a changing table on the wall.

By the way...love your blog! I'm excited to come back and see how you guys are doing. Love, Amy:)