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My story

 

Before I became a mum, I ran my own Myotherapy clinic and specialised in helping women with their pre and postnatal health for years. And I thought that when my time came to be a mum I’d somehow know exactly what to do.

When I was pregnant with my first, I spent so much time and energy preparing for the birth - I read the books, enrolled in birth class, attended prenatal yoga. But I didn’t give a single thought to what would happen after my son was in my arms. I assumed breastfeeding would naturally  “just work”, that my body would be “fine” to return back to work in a week or so, and that I could learn everything I needed to know about parenting from my mum and older sister.

Well, it didn’t really happen like that! After my son arrived, I was inundated with advice from friends and family, a lot of it was conflicting and different, and I was overwhelmed with all the things I “could” or “should” be doing. Breastfeeding didn’t “just work”, in fact, I was fairly close to throwing in the towel the first week. Sleep deprivation and pure exhaustion took its toll on not only me but my relationship with my husband. I felt isolated, overwhelmed and out of my depth.

I had imagined my fourth trimester to be this beautiful bonding experience, but the reality was so far from that. I had completely underestimated how challenging it would be, and I felt like nobody had really given me an honest, raw ‘heads up’ about all that needed to be considered, prepared for, and embraced after childbirth. I was so tired that it never occurred to me to ask for support.

And despite all my years of experience in working with mums, it turns out I was utterly unprepared for the massive transformation of motherhood.

Eventually, I began to emerge from the haze that is life with a newborn, and I found myself ready to discover what my life as a mother would look like. I was left wondering “why hadn’t anyone told me what to expect”? My fourth trimester was what I should have prepared for, and I was confronted with similar stories from the women in my mothers’ group of their experiences. It wasn't just me, we all weren't told.

It showed me just how important it is for women to be supported through the entire journey of becoming a mother, from first to the fourth trimester and beyond. At six months postpartum, I became qualified as a postpartum doula.

In 2019 I welcomed my daughter, and I put everything I had learned to use and my experience was completely different. I had both a beautiful hypnobirth and healing postpartum period. I utilised my village and in doing that, allowed myself time and space to recover from birth, to get to know my beautiful new baby, and to transition into becoming a mother of two.  I proved to myself the value of not only being prepared and gathering a supportive village for birth but also how beneficial and transformative it is to prepare for postpartum and to plan for care after birth.

And now  I am a mama on a mission to help support women through their fourth trimester and beyond because becoming a mother is about so much more than giving birth and taking care of your newborn. It’s about birthing and raising newborn mothers too.

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