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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Being a new mom can be very isolating, but a new non-profit in west Michigan is working to change that.

It's called Hike It Baby.

There are 8 chapters here in Michigan and hundreds of others around the world, all designed to get families outside.

"It's really easy to become isolated," said Hike It Baby Kalamazoo lead, Autumn Malmquist-Mellinger.

With babies and toddlers in tow, Malmquist-Mellinger leads groups on Hike It Baby trail walks.

"Hike It Baby's main goal is just to get these families outside and act as a support system," said Malmquist-Mellinger.

Everyone is invited along, giving the whole family an outlet for their energy and a place to share their struggles.

"We've got dads, grandparents, nannies coming on hikes and they're talking about feedings, getting up in the middle of the night," said Malmquist-Mellinger.

Hike It Baby was started on the west coast in 2013 and has quickly spread, the chapter in Kalamazoo kicked off in the fall.

"It's great to get outside. Being a mom I don't have a lot of time for exercise and it's great socialization you get to talk, hang out with your friends, keep your kids active and socialize too," said Hike It Baby member, Heather Roe-Lehman.

From longer hikes, to those led by the little ones, Hike It Baby tries to cater to all abilities so no mom is left behind.

"It's kind of a win-win for everybody," said Heather Roe-Lehman.

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For more information on Hike It Baby and to find a group near you--visit their website.

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