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Zoé group

Based in Contern, the Zoé group is a residence for young mothers (between 13 and 17 years old) and their children.

The stay within the Zoé group ends when the mother reaches 18 years of age. During the first three months after a mother has moved out of the facility, a follow-up on mother and child is provided by either the Zoé group or a qualified professional. In the cases of adoption, abortion, miscarriage, a still-born child, or an anonymous delivery, the young girls may remain in our care until an alternative accommodation has been found.

 

A place of support and meeting

The Zoé group is a place of :

  • Outside support detached from any family pressure
  • Meeting and sharing experiences among young girls who face similar situations and difficulties

The goal is to assist the young girls and their children in their daily lives by providing :

  • Shelter suiting their needs
  • Help with their studies
  • Psychological support

 

A place serving the young girls’ development and the well-being of their children

The objectives of the Zoé group are to :

  • Allow young mothers to experience a stress-free pregnancy and give birth under the best possible conditions
  • Help young mothers develop and maintain relationships with their children
  • Provide young mothers with information about their role as a mother while still an adolescent
  • Support them on physical and psychological levels
  • Offer them the possibility to either work or continue their studies
  • Engage the girls in activities appropriate to their age while assuring that their children are well taken care of by professionals

 

Educational staff and professional medical staff

A multidisciplinary and professional staff ensures :

  • Medical care within the facility including nurses, auxiliary nurses, and midwives
  • Education, ensuring comprehensive care

 

A welcoming place to live that has been adapted to the needs of young mothers and their children

Every mother has an individual room with all the necessary equipment for herself and the care of her child (baby bed, etc.).

Common rooms allow the mothers to come together. A playroom is also available for well-being and child development.

 

Activities

There are numerous available activities which aim to prepare these girls for delivery and motherhood :

  • Parenthood preparation courses taught by a midwife and an auxiliary nurse
  • Visits to various maternity wards in preparation of parenthood
  • Post-birth fitness classes
  • Information on breastfeeding
  • Participation in the courses offered by “Initiativ Liewensufank” (first aid, baby nutrition, etc.)
  • Aerobics for pregnant women
  • Jam making sessions
  • Regular meetings with other residents and the educational staff
  • Orientation and integration into the group’s nursery

 

Download the Zoé group booklet here :

Zoé group booklet (FR/DE) (PDF)

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