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There is no better way to learn about the joys and demands of being a mum than to become one yourself. Failing that, the next best thing? Being in the company of a busy mum with young children. I experienced the latter recently after staying with my partner’s sister in the UK who has two young girls aged 1 and 5 years old. Wow, this mum is busy!

As someone who is yet to have children but anticipates she will someday, living with two young children for two weeks certainly made me consider the life transition motherhood is. Nothing is ever the same again! While becoming a mum is no doubt an exciting and rewarding time, it isn’t without its challenges. The mental health of some mums (and dads) can suffer, with many new parents being at risk of postpartum mood disorders including depression and anxiety. Research shows that those who have previously experienced anxiety and depression are more susceptible.

On the plane on my way home from the UK where my partner’s sister with the children lives, I came across an article on postpartum doulas, professionals who check-in on mum and baby at home following the birth. They may assist a new mum to establish a breastfeeding routine, help facilitate communication between couples and investigate any problems before they escalate. Countries with routine home visits after birth such as the Netherlands have lower rats of postpartum mood disorder, higher breastfeeding rates and better maternal and infant health.

Hours after I returned home from the UK, I was emailed information about a 4 week antenatal course a clinical psychologist I know is running later this year. Designed for pregnant women and their birthing partners, the course uses a mindfulness framework to help participants explore the following core skills of pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting:

  • How to bond with your baby during pregnancy
  • How to develop a daily mindfulness practice to support yourself through change
  • Physiology of labour
  • Easy and effective breathing practices to ground, focus and conserve energy in labour
  • Using the mind of enable relaxation and softening during labour
  • How to bravely meet physical and mental challenges that arise during pregnancy and labour such as stress, fatigue, anxiety and fear
  • The essential tools for pain management
  • Birth partner guidance
  • Protecting your relationship
  • Self care and wellbeing after childbirth
  • Fostering secure attachment with your child
  • Cultivating self-compassion throughout your journey
  • To learn more about this course and to register, click here.

If I was pregnant, I know this would be the next mindfulness course I’d be signing up for!

Details

Dates:

Saturday 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th November, 10am-1pm

Who the course is for:

Pregnant women and their birthing partner.

Cost:

$420. The birthing partner attends for free. Rebates are available to those with a relevant mental health care plan or private health insurance.

Location:

All courses are run at My Midwives, 31 Weston Street, Brunswick.

Registration and further information here.

Other courses that may interest parents-to-be

Parents-to-be often attend the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course. The next course commences on Sunday 8 October. Click here to learn more.

 

 

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