I don't think moving the thread to Healing Birth Trauma is necessarily a solution. We are more looking for a place to let the conversation break out into more sub-threads so women can really focus on this particular post-birth journey. If only groups weren't closed... that would probably solve both of our concerns here.
I'll leave it up to the mods. :) I totally didn't mean to start a debate about MDC groups or anything. There are always other corners of the net for little groups too, so no biggie if it's not right for MDC. I do think it might be helpful in the future to put out clearer guidelines on what MDC is okay with in terms of groups. Does a group have to meet certain criteria before it can be approved to be a group? It sort of seems like maybe it does, but I'm not sure we as a community have taken the time to write those out. Might be useful.
Groups don't have to be closed. It is the joint decision of the group leaders and members on whether the group is best served by having open membership where anyone can join by simply clicking the Join button or if it is a Closed group so that when you click the Join button you must be approved by the group leader before you can post.
Our guidelines are pretty simple and straightforward: http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1327212/social-groups-are-here/0_100
We do not have any objection to forming a group that fits within the Mothering community's realm of interests. Sometimes a general forum can feel impersonal and intimidating while a group with a specific interest and commonality can be more close knit and friendly. That may seem divisive in some ways but certainly some members find groups bring more close connection and support and feel more inviting.