Sometimes becoming a mother or being pregnant isn't the way you expect it to be.
If you're able to acknowledge that things don't feel the way you want, then you're a step closer to feeling the way you really do want to feel.
What you need to know...
Almost every mother can enjoy parenthood, if the right support is around her. That's a bold claim, but many instances of pre- or postnatal (postpartum) mental distress are preventable if new parents are given appropriate emotional and practical support during pregnancy and the early years of parenthood. These supports are not 'magic' or 'luck', but are well documented. Some people have these kinds of support readily available to them, but for others it 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.
The parent-infant bond is one of the most powerful tools we can use, which is why I use newborn observations and I am training in Video Interaction Guidance in order to support mothers to become more confident in their own abilities (and those of their baby).
As well as being a fully registered psychotherapist, I have 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, you have an idea of how you want to feel, whether that’s more joyful, more in control, more bonded with your baby or less anxious. 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.