One thing I valued above all else as a first-time mom: advice from women who’d just gone through the same thing.
When my son was born, I relied heavily on a friend who had a 1-year-old boy. Her memories of those first bewildering days with a newborn were still fresh, and even though she was a decade younger than me she was a whole year smarter about babies.
Marie Polk hopes to tap into that idea with a new weekly cable television show for moms, called “C-U Mommy Connection.” Beginning March 14, the half-hour show will air Sundays at 8:30 p.m. on Urbana Public Television, the community cable access channel.
Polk said she met a group of “wonderful ladies” when she took prenatal yoga classes while pregnant with her son Noah, born Oct. 29. They decided it would be a good idea to continue that connection after their babies were born so they wouldn’t “feel like we were on our own,” she says.
They started meeting every Thursday night at a downtown Urbana restaurant, later moving to the Urbana Free Library when some of the children got to the roaming stage.
Then Polk thought about other women who might not be lucky enough to have that connection. Because she had worked in cable television she knew about access channels and approached UPTV, which had an open time slot.
The format of the show will be casual, with three to five moms talking about their experiences and Polk guiding the discussion. She also hopes to have experts on from time to time.
Topics will range from infant massage and the roles of midwives and doulas to getting up the courage for that first trip to the grocery store with your baby.
“We cover a lot of great topics when we’re just in our little group together,” Polk says.
Comcast customers can see the show on Channel 6, AT&T cable customers on Channel 99.
For more details, see the story in today’s News-Gazette.