Beyond the Birth

The time after the birth can be quite a shock. And can be a real muddle of emotions for new parents – joy, elation, tiredness, worry, confusion, agitation (sometimes all in one day!) Whether you’re having your first baby or your fourth, a new baby in the home brings both magic and immense upheaval.

Most people – myself included – are so focused on the actual birth (which is obviously very important) and “buying all the things” they think they will need for a new baby, that they don’t stop and think about the emotional elements of becoming a parent or caring for a child for the rest of their lives. 

Let me tell you, becoming a parent is the biggest life transition that you will go through.  

When you book on our Beyond the Birth course, we will discuss:

 Newborn behaviours AKA “baby watching”; noticing and understanding baby’s subtle (and sometimes not so subtle!) cues.

 

(People often say that they wish their baby came with an instruction manual. Whilst every baby is different, babies do communicate their needs in a range of ways to their parents. We know that parents who are in tune with their baby’s signals and cues have greater confidence in their ability to nurture their baby and, in turn, baby benefits from having their needs met sooner and so forms more positive and stable relationships with their parents. These babies are generally much calmer and settled, and then develop into calm and confident children, then adults. It all starts very early on!)

 

SLEEP EXPECTATIONS AND HOW TO SUPPORT YOUR BABY TO SLEEP AS WELL AS THEIR AGE PERMITS

 

Postnatal physical recovery – what you can expect in the days, weeks and months after giving birth and how you can support your healing.

 

Emotional adjustment and looking after yourself in the haze of the newborn period. PLANNING AND PREPARATION IS KEY.

 

Finding your own parenting style. 

 

Discussions around feeding choices. 

This is not a prescription course – there will be no “shoulds” or “musts”. There will also be no talk of “you’ll make a rod for your own back” or “let them cry it out” as this is not our style. Instead, it will be a relaxed and informal session, where I will share with you my knowledge and experiences as a former midwife, parenting practitioner and health visitor, and you can apply this to your own family however you feel best.

This course will gently guide you through those oh-so precious moments and months with the same calm and confidence that you took with you into birth.

The Beyond the Birth session is 2 hours in length and costs just £20. It is relaxed and informal and you can ask questions as we go along or just listen and nod along. 

Click below to see when the next Beyond the Birth course is.