Qatar Reads and Qatar National Library have announced the official launch of their Mommy to Be programme, a unique initiative designed to offer support to expectant mothers and those with newborns and toddlers aged 0-2.
The programme is divided into three phases: the pregnancy period, the postnatal period and a child’s early years.
The reading materials are curated by a committee of experts from Qatar National Library, while the workshops aim to equip expectant mothers with a range of practical skills, with topics ranging from prenatal yoga to reading for toddlers, Qatar Foundation (QF) has said in a statement.
“To create a generation of readers and leaders, we need to plant the seeds of learning, curiosity and creativity from an early age. And this is the overarching aim of Mommy to Be,” said Aljazi T al-Henzab, project manager, Qatar Reads.
“Mommy to Be is more than just a programme. It provides access to educational reading materials, interactive workshops and the opportunity to connect with like-minded people through discussions and networking events.
“Ultimately, pregnancy is an exciting time in a mother’s life, but it can also cause stress and anxiety. So, through this initiative, we want work hand-in-hand with our members to support them on their journey to motherhood, and as they navigate this period of their lives.”
Upcoming webinars include a discussion titled ‘What To Expect When You Are Expecting’ on July 13 with Dr Mahmoud Zidan, a specialist from the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department at Hamad Medical Corporation. The session will be in Arabic.
Qatar Reads, part of Qatar Foundation, offers a range of other programmes for various age groups, including the Family Reading Programme for children aged 3-13 and Read to Lead, which targets professionals.
For more information about the Mommy to Be programme, or Qatar Reads’ additional initiatives, one can visit https://qatarreads.qa/programs/mommy-to-be-program/.
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