Parenting is not something that “just comes naturally.” Becoming a parent can be a stressful experience. The Guide for New Parents is designed to help parents develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to adjust to their new family roles.The guide also includes information about resources of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Extension that chan help parents and their growing family over time.
Our 25-page color magazine features expert information on what to expect the first month, building relationships, budgeting for baby, finding quality child care, feeding newborns, and home and car safety. The Guide gives parents timely information for both immediate and future needs related to caring for themselves, their child, and their family, especially during the first few months after birth.
Each article in the Guide is also formatted for individual viewing using the links below.
Print copies of the complete Guide for New Parents are available for sale. The cost is $90 per box of 100 copies.
The Guide for New Parents was distributed to nearly 8,600 new mothers through 24 labor and delivery hospitals across Georgia between September and December of 2008. Mothers interested in providing feedback on the publication returned a postage-paid postcard and received a survey by mail. Specific findings from the mothers' responses included the following:
The majority of mothers who read the GNP find the articles very useful and report learning something new
Nearly all the mothers report that they used or applied the information they read in each article
The GNP helped mothers feel better prepared to take care of their baby;
Although most mothers had never heard of (76%) or received resources (96%) from UGA Family and Consumer Sciences Extension in the past, about 75% reported that they were now likely to contact or utilize UGA Extension resources.
To learn more about the study and the results, click here for a copy of the report, or read these published studies:
Futris, T. G. & Stone, H. M. (2011). Now they know: Helping new mothers gain parenting knowledge and become aware of Family and Consumer Sciences Extension programming. Journal of Extension [online], 49 (1). Available from http://www.joe.org/joe/2011february/a9.php.
Futris, T. G. & Stone, H. M. (2010). The reaching new parents project: The impact of a FCS Extension resource guide on new mothers. The Forum for Family and Consumer Issues [online], 15 (3). Available from http://ncsu.edu/ffci/publications/2010/v15-n3-2010-winter/futris-stone.php.