Trusting their bodies, listening to their babies and following their instincts.
Pregnancy, birth and becoming a parent is a journey. It is a road filled with happiness, excitement and joy as you wonder where it will take you.
As you navigate this new adventure it is natural to feel anxious and uncertain about what may lie ahead and how you can face the challenges.
It is so important that new parents are nurtured with love, as this will help them to trust in their body, listen to their baby and trust their instincts so they can be everything their baby needs.
The journey to welcome a beautiful baby into the world can leave us wondering how to care and nurture this precious new life, as well as look after you own emotional wellbeing.
Bonding and Nurturing and gentle parenting
My personal adventures of being a Mum to my two beautiful daughters has taught me so much about not only myself, but life. We are all trying our best to love and care for our children. Somedays are harder then others, sometimes we may feel like we are failing to be the parents we want to be.
What I have learnt is that our babies and children tell us what they need, we just need to know how to listen. Most of all they need love, secure attachment and nurturing. Understanding our little ones takes time, they are as individual as snowflakes.
Emotional wellbeing matters to families
Your emotional wellbeing matters. Caring for your baby after birth, and be a new parent can be difficult, and having support in the early days and weeks is important.
Adjusting to life with a new baby is hard for everyone, but for some the transition to parenthood is complicated by a difficult birth or struggling with their emotional health, The impact on you can be devastating, especially if you are unable to access support. Coping day to day becomes hard, relationships can become strained and caring for your new baby overwhelming.
Protecting emotionally ourselves a new parent is so important, but we may not know where to start. Ive tried to share my personal battles and journey with mental health to inspire others that it is possible to heal, recover and be a good Mum.
Being new parents can be challenging time and your feelings around this can be difficult to understand. Especially if your birth has been difficult or not how you had planned, having a safe space to reflect on how your feeling can help you to understand them. I found this especially helpful.
Wanting to help other parents led me to train as a Postnatal Doula. It has also led me to work in the NHS in neonatal, maternity, paediatrics and community services for many years. My current role is within a NHS Health in Pregnancy Service, supporting women with their emotional wellbeing. I have been with the Breastfeeding network since 2009, to help support families with feeding their babies. Im also part of #MatExp helping to improve care in our maternity services.
I am very passionate about making sure that support and evidence based information for families is available.
Training I have undertaken includes;
- QCF level 3 qualification in Maternity and paediatric care
- MHFA mental health first aid qualification
- IHV training in perinatal mental health
- Smoking cessation in pregnancy
- CONI training
- Drugs and Alcohol in pregnancy
- PNMH Maudsley Simulation Training
Plus many other aspects of health in pregnancy and beyond.
I am also a Solihull Approach practitioner, including trauma training.
So take a look at my blog under parenting and get in touch, share your thoughts and experiences with me too.
Remember there are no perfect parents, but by trusting in yourself and listening to your little ones, you can enjoy the challenges of parenthood.