Supporting the formation of positive relationships between moms and mentors is a key part of NurturePA’s mission. Each mom is paired with a mentor when they enroll in the Nurture® Program, which helps support the formation of a meaningful relationship.
Moms meet with a NurturePA manager in the hospital following the birth of their baby. During this time, the NurturePA manager will enroll the mom into the program, if she chooses to particiate. The Nurture® Program is currently offered to moms who deliver in various hospitals throughout Western Pennsylvania.
All volunteer mentors begin by filling out the online application. After the potential mentor submits the application, a NurturePA manager gets in touch to discuss the next steps. This includes an interview, where the manager learns about the potential mentor’s background, along with their personality and parenting style. Mentors also complete a training to ensure they are prepared to best support moms!
Despite the fact that mentors and moms do not meet face-to-face, very meaningful relationships are still formed. Most mentor-mom relationships are long lasting. There is nothing like the wellbeing of an innocent child to help foster a bond between two people.
However, there may be an instance where a mom and mentor are not a good match, or the two grow apart over time. In this case, the mom and/or the mentor should bring it to the attention of a NurturePA manager, who will address the situation and reassign the mom to a new mentor, when appropriate.