This week’s Meet a Mom interview is with Brittany Forman, a local mom committed to helping other moms find wellness in motherhood! She shares about her Circle Moms community, her life in Old Greenwich and more.
Can you please tell us a bit about yourself, professionally?
About 6 years ago, I entered the health and wellness space after spending many years in finance. I was a health coach at two different medical practices in San Francisco working with patients on implementing functional nutrition and wellness protocols. Soon after I gave birth to our son Teddy in 2018, I became excited about the intersection of wellness and motherhood. I realized how important it was for new mothers to connect with one another as well as the need for accessible professional guidance.
CircleMoms is a community for mothers. Our core offering is the newborn circle- we group moms of newborns (0-3 months) with doulas for learning and connection over a 5 week period. In our doula-led circles, new topics such as feeding, emotions, sleep, (etc.) are discussed each week and moms get to learn and troubleshoot together.
Our goal is to support women throughout the early years of motherhood. In addition to our core newborn circles, we recently started offering toddler circles which address challenges such as transitioning out of a crib, parenting in covid, managing picky eaters…
Why is Circle Moms so timely right now?
Social support is essential for mothers after giving birth to feel empowered and not alone. CircleMoms provides an online space for mothers to connect and have intimate conversations about shared experiences. It is also a cost effective way to get access to an experienced doula.
What is the “4th trimester” and how does Circle Moms help moms through it?
The 4th trimester is the first 3 months after birth . During this time, the mother is recovering from the birth experience, experiencing shifts in hormones, dealing with a changing body; meanwhile, the baby is getting adjusted to new surroundings and continuing to mentally and physically develop in drastic ways outside the womb. This is typically a time of bliss and exhaustion.
How can moms join?
Moms can join on our website, www.circlemoms.com. We have new circles happening every month. Mothers can also join our community on Instagram– @circlemoms_
And can you share a bit about your life in Greenwich?
We recently moved from San Francisco to Old Greenwich. We have family close by and had considered moving back to the east coast after having our babies. While we loved living in San Francisco, we saw the unique features of a life in OG for our children. The packs of kids on bikes, the convenient walk to Tod’s Point, and the friendliness of the people drew us in.
We enjoy our walks to the beach, seeing the ducks at Binney Park and meeting new people around Old Greenwich.
What are you most excited about with the move? And most nervous about?
It is such a relief to have the love and support of family nearby. We miss our friends in San Francisco and hope to maintain those important relationships. We are excited to create new friendships here in Greenwich.
Anything else you’d like to add?
We love to support local businesses. Can you please share your favorite places to:
Go out to eat as a family – Bedford Post Inn— their outdoor dining feels COVID safe and the food is delicious. Family friendly and a nice country drive!
Get your haircut/colored – Warren Tricomi
Get your nails done – I haven’t found a place yet!
Go shopping for yourself – Great Stuff on Greenwich Avenue
Go shopping for the kids – The Piccolina Shop on Greenwich Avenue for clothing and stroller gear
Have fun as a family – Tod’s Point and the New Canaan farmers market (our kids love the live music)