Sometimes becoming a mother or being pregnant isn't the way you want it to be.
Just looking at this website means you're a step closer to feeling the way you really do want to feel.
What you need to know...
You can enjoy being a mother more than you currently do.
That's a bold claim, but many instances of pre- or postnatal (postpartum) mental distress are preventable. To do that requires that mothers are given the emotional and practical support that they need during pregnancy and the early years of parenthood. These supports are not 'magic' or 'luck', but are well documented. Some women have these kinds of support readily available to them, but for others the right support is harder to find, as everyone has different circumstances and relationships.
I set up Birth and Beyond to provide services that help new parents figure out what is affecting them, reduce their mental or emotional distress, develop their confidence, and bond better with their babies.
Counselling helps in a variety of ways:
- You can use it to gain a better understanding of why you feel the way you do, which can help you feel more in control.
- You can use it to talk about emotions that you feel uncomfortable talking with anyone else about, which can be a relief.
- You can use it to figure out how you are going to get the right supports for you to enjoy being a mother.
Your relationship with your baby is also a very powerful tool, which is why I use newborn observations and I am training in Video Interaction Guidance in order to support mothers to become more confident and less anxious.
As well as working with mothers directly, I have spoken on BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour about Perinatal Anxiety, worked with the Scottish Government as part of their PlayTalkRead campaign and have spoken on STV Edinburgh about ways in which mothers can enjoy parenthood more.
“Sarah was warm, kind and nurturing, and with every session I felt myself mending and more able to heal myself and bond with my son.”
— Hannah, EdINBURGH
Wherever you are in your parenting journey, from pre-conception until after your children are at school, anxiety and depression can be present. If you’re experiencing feelings that you don’t want, and you’re not sure how to change that, we can work together to enable you to feel the way you would like.
There are various ways we can do this, through counselling, the CAN Parent-accredited Parent Kind® postnatal course and through Baby Kind newborn observation sessions. All of these, apart from the Baby Kind observations, can be carried out face-to-face, online or over the ‘phone.