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Madison Area Parent Support (MAPS) provides direct support and resources to families - from pregnancy through the rest of parenthood - free of charge, with a particular focus on parents struggling with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs).

MAPS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible. 

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MAPS Base Camp >

402 East Washington Ave.

(corner of E. Wash and Hancock)

Madison Area Parent Support does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

Parent Support Groups

MAPS believes that no one should have to pay for community. Our groups are always free; no registration required.

Visit our calendar for specific dates and locations.

 

Open Play / Social Group 

Mondays 9am-12pm at Base Camp (402 E. Washington Ave, Madison)

Join MAPS' all-ages play ​group: Sprouts! Bring the kids to play with the great toys available at Base Camp, or leave your kids at home and enjoy a cup of coffee and conversation. 

We know how important community can be. Build your parenting village at Sprouts while your kids make new friends. Base Camp even has comfy couches for your elementary- and middle-school-aged children to sit in while they read or play the iPad while you chat!

If you are a professional who would like to lead a craft, story time, or other activity at Sprouts, please contact us

 

Rooted for parents identifying as he/him/his, they/them/theirs, or anyone who feels most comfortable in this group

2nd Friday of the month: 6-8pm on the upper level of Common Ground, 2644 Branch Street, Middleton

4th Friday of the month: 6-8pm at MAPS Base Camp, 402 E. Washington Avenue, Madison

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Our dads' group, Rooted, is an opportunity to socialize and support each other through the highs and lows of fatherhood. Finding a community of dads increases your likelihood of a successful and enriching fatherhood experience and can reduce stress - especially for stay-at-home dads. 

1 in 10 dads will experience a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder, and 1 in 5 dads may have a partner experiencing a PMAD. We know that dads do not receive the same resources and support that mothers do. Rooted is a safe space for dads to talk about their own personal experiences and gain some insight from others local dads. 

 
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MotherTrees for parents identifying as she/her/hers, they/them/theirs, or anyone who feels most comfortable in this group

Wednesday Mornings, 9:00-10:30am parents of newborns-11 months; 10:30am-12:00pm parents of toddlers and preschoolers

Wednesday Evenings, 6:30-8:00pm; no kids, please

We understand that being a mom isn't always easy, but having a community around you can make the journey easier.
 
Our in-person MotherTrees groups meet weekly, offering a private, welcoming space for moms to come together to encourage and support one another. Meet moms who have been where you are and moms who are right there with you. We discuss topics such as: self care, keeping your individual identity, and mental health like anxiety and depression. 

Along with our MotherTrees FB group, MAPS also provides a private, online support group for moms who find themselves struggling with a postpartum mood or anxiety disorder such as postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, or postpartum OCD. This online group is a welcoming, judgement-free community made up of local women who understand what you're going through. Contact us directly to be added to the group.

*These groups are made up of peers, not medical professionals. This is not the place to seek medical advice. 

 

Guidelines for all MAPS groups:

1. Confidentiality. Everything that is said in the group stays in the group. 

2. Listen with respect, non-judgment, and compassion. We listen to each other with respect, non-judgment, and compassion because we each come from different places, have different values, lifestyles, and backgrounds. 

3. This is an advice-free zone. Although well-meaning, advice can often be heard as implying judgment or criticism. If someone really wants advice, they may ask for it and discuss it after group. 

4. Listen without interruption. We listen quietly and respectfully to each person without interruption or comment. 

5. Strong emotions are welcome. Laughter and tears are welcome. 

6. Self-Care. Please take care of yourself while you're with us.

7. Cell phone use. We all want to feel that we are being listened to with respect. So please put cell phones on vibrate and take important calls outside. Please refrain from texting during group. 

 

Group Facilitators:

Kat Schuknecht *, MotherTrees Facilitator, PMAD group Facilitator
"Motherhood is full of joy mixed with exhaustion mixed with love mixed with met & unmet expectations. Being a mom can feel isolating even on your best days. It's important to find your community, find your village, find people who lift you up and encourage you along your journey. MotherTrees is such a unique group of women because everyone who attends is at a different stage in her life. This is what community is all about - sharing stories, sharing wisdom, standing together through the ups and downs of life."

Franz Varga, Rooted Peer Support Facilitator
"My family has struggled with postpartum depression. We’ve worked through a tooth at seven days old. We faced troubles breastfeeding. My wife and I cried together over our birth experience that went absolutely opposite of how we had ever hoped or planned. And yet, we survive. Eventually, we thrive. 

Rooted is a place to share your challenges and your joys. Each of us has an entirely different scope of struggles that we’ve overcome - every one of us a champion! Whether you have a specific concern in mind or come to hear and be around other accepting parents, Rooted is the right place for you. As a facilitator, my goal is to ensure fathers feel welcomed, heard, and supported, and to help build a community that dads can rely on."

Jen Fenton *, MotherTrees Peer Support Facilitator
"When people come together after life changing experiences and share their stories we build bridges of understanding that are powerful and essential to our growth as individuals and as a community. The transformation to parenthood is one that I have experienced. It’s hard. It’s messy. You laugh. You cry. Each day can be both challenging and rewarding. That’s why I volunteer for MotherTrees. I believe it is essential for us as parents to come together, share our stories and offer support. We can help each other have happy and healthy homes."

Stella Abrahamson, MotherTrees Peer Support Facilitator

“‘Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn't know you had and dealing with fears you never knew existed.’ ~ Linda Wooten. Becoming a mother is an amazing yet difficult transformation. Navigating this new role can feel isolating, but we are not alone. It's so beneficial to be part of a village, surrounded by those who understand. MotherTrees provides that setting. Moms are able to feel supported by those who have gone through similar situations. MAPS and MotherTrees has helped build that community for me and that is why I volunteer - so I can do the same for other moms.”

* Professional has completed PSI's Components of Care training