Wouldn’t it be great if you could have a practical, step-by-step way to negotiate the surprises of new parenthood?
Parent Kind® Courses are specially designed to help new parents create a solid understanding of what they are letting themselves in for, and to develop strategies to help them deal with whatever surprises new parenthood brings.
“I’m a brand new mum and although I had attended ante-natal classes, nothing had really prepared me beyond the basics for what happens after giving birth and when you take the baby home! The Parent Kind classes were excellent as not only did I meet other new mums to compare notes, the topics we discussed really made me examine my own expectations of becoming a mother and also helped me to consider all the changes going on around me. I looked forward to the weekly sessions and would highly recommend the course. It was a great support!” (Joanna, Edinburgh)
Parent Kind® is proven to increase your confidence as a new mother. During each course, we create a supportive space to explore the changes that have happened, and identify practical ways to help you navigate this stage in your life.
This course is informed by current research into what helps new mothers have the easiest adjustment into parenthood and bond with their babies. It is very participative and uses a variety of media and exercises to engage people. By the end of the course, you will:
- feel more confident in your abilities as a parent.
- have a better understanding of how becoming a parent affects you and your relationships.
- be more able to get what you need to support you at this time (and also have a ready made support network within the group).
- have a greater awareness of how to develop your relationship with your baby.
- be less likely to become postnatally depressed.
- have a written record of personal learnings from the course.
You enjoy the experience of becoming a parent more, by creating a safe environment to discuss the emotional changes of new motherhood and by helping develop the parent-infant bond. By the end of the course you will feel less anxious and more confident in your abilities as a parent, and your baby will have a better chance of attaching securely.
The course focuses on areas such as birth stories, relationships, expectations, bodies, and other issues that might come up for you as we work through the material. When you have more confidence in your parenting abilities, this frees you up to form a good attachment with your baby, leading to better outcomes for your child in later life. A win-win-win situation. The support provided by the Parent Kind ® course can also lessen the likelihood that you will develop postnatal depression or anxiety.
The Parent Kind ® course is individually tailored to you, and can be delivered in a variety of ways, either to groups, individuals or via Skype. The babies are in the room during the sessions, ensuring that both you and your baby get the attention you need. Venues are chosen to be private and comfortable, with home baking, teas and coffee provided. The format involves an initial consultation to tailor the course to the participants on it, followed by several structured sessions, and a further follow up session.
“For me Sarah was the right person at the right time. After a miscarriage I had put my feelings on hold and when my son was born after a traumatic labour I badly needed to mend myself but I felt overwhelmed with the pressures and expectations to solely focus on my son who was still a stranger. From first meeting Sarah was warm, kind and nuturing and with every session I felt myself mending and more able to heal myself and bond with my son. She seemed to know what you needed, be that time for thought, a glass of water and cakes to keep up the energy for nursing or to take baby for a minute to let you remember what being you feels like.“ (Hannah, Edinburgh)
Group sessions consist of 7 sessions, including an initial one-to-one consultation and a group follow up a few weeks later. The cost is £500 per person, including all materials, with discounts available for groups of 4 or more.
Individual face to face or Skype sessions consist of five 2hr sessions, including the initial consultation and a follow up. The cost is £650, including all materials.
Testimonials from other parents who have done the Parent Kind ® can be read here. Each course is fully evaluated (using externally validated scales) to make sure that it is proven to benefit new parents. Parent Kind ® is also one of the first courses in Scotland to be awarded a CAN Parent Quality Mark, showing that it has been evaluated and proven to follow robust guidelines.
Please get in contact for more details and a booking form.