Beyond Birth sessions can be accessed in a group or as a 1-2-1 package.
Each weekly session is designed to ease the transition into parenthood. Think of it as hand holding across a wobbly bridge into an unknown place where you could do with reassurance and help finding your feet. You (and your partner/husband/mum, etc.) will learn skills to calm, soothe, and tune inwards. You will be guided to explore your identity as a parent (be it first or subsequent babies), and to connect with yourself, your baby and your loved ones. Focusing on your mental well-being, offering virtual support, ideas and questions to build resilience, cope with and accept the challenges, learn to trust in your instincts and reach out for help when required.
The early days of parenthood can be a rollercoaster of emotions leaving many people shocked at how they feel and wishing they’d prepared more. By joining these weekly sessions, you are taking some big steps to doing just that. It takes a little preparation but can be preventative when you need it the most. Both joyous and tough times in parenthood are very normal, and this group and accompanying guide are designed to help you find your balance on a mental and emotional level (which can and does lead to physical wellbeing too).
You will learn skills that help you to slow down, connect and ease the emotional intensity of early parenting, so you can enjoy and bank the first precious months instead of them going by like a blur and being forgotten. It is not designed to be a mental health intervention. For anyone that may be struggling, if you feel that you need further help and are not coping please speak to someone close to you and use the resources included in the guide. If you find that you are experiencing the “baby blues” for longer than the first week or two, struggling to bond with your baby or more low or emotional than usual please speak to your healthcare provider.
These sessions use a combination of mindfulness, relaxation, self-hypnosis, and other psychotherapeutic techniques as a self-help toolkit over 6 weekly sessions. Some aspects you may be familiar with, and others not. You don’t need to have heard or tried any of this before now to find it easy to use and simple to apply to life with your new baby.
The weekly themes are:
Healing and Recovery
What to expect in each session:
Sessions include some chat to get to know each other and catch up from the week before. I will give a brief talk on the topic of the week and pose some questions which I will invite you to journal on as well as share in a discussion with the group if you would like to.
Each session will also include a mindfulness and relaxation exercise and some affirmations you can use during the week.
I use a trauma aware approach so sometimes I will advise you not to share if it could be triggering for other attendees. If you need some 1-2-1 sessions for anything that comes up then we can talk about how I may be able to help, or make signpost you somewhere if it would be more appropriate.
Good to know:
Your partners are welcome. This is for all parents to benefit from
There is an online eBook Guide and Audios that accompany the Group sessions available to purchase for just £10 from the Mamma Coach
You can also get a paperback copy of the guide in black and white or colour from Amazon
If baby cries, that’s okay. If baby is asleep, that’s okay. If you miss a session, that’s okay, we can arrange for a catch up at another time.
Why are these sessions important?
Approximately 68% of women and 57% of men with mental health problems are parents.
The most common mental health problems experienced during pregnancy and after birth are anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
1 in 5 women will develop some form of mental health problem in pregnancy or the first year with baby. 81% of women said they experienced at least 1 perinatal mental health condition during or after pregnancy (RCOG - Women’s Voices)
A 2013-2014 study found that 38% of first-time fathers are concerned about their mental health.
Around 10% of all new fathers worldwide experience postnatal depression.
Now many people won’t experience many negative mental health issues in parenting. However, that shouldn’t prevent everyone from having access to emotional and psychological preparation and support in pregnancy and early parenting.
It won’t solve your problems for you, but it will boost confidence and inspire a problem-solving, empathetic and compassionate approach that will affect you and your children at a profound level for life.
What People have said about Beyond Birth
"I always leave the groups feeling better and more relaxed and my baby has been so calm too. I've also made some lovely new friends."
New Mum in Kent
"Attending the Beyond Birth Group has been such a positive experience. It has helped me with those stressful, sleep deprived parenting moments and given me tools to respond instead of react. It's a journey in self-development. I always leave feeling empowered and that it's OK to just be how I need to be that day."
Mum on a mission
"Beyond Birth Groups helped me so much mentally. Being a mum is such a big change in our life but [the group] made me calm down and look for a little happy sparkling everyday. I love being a mum and I'm proud of myself now. Now I feel it's OK not to be OK, because I know who I can go and talk to. Thank you so much for this."
"I really feel I benefited from the groups and I can't recommend it highly enough. I feel more quietly confident, supported and enthusiastic to share this amazing resource with others. I feel equipped with the tools we leant and practiced helping me feel that bit more supported on my journey."
Solo parent of 2
"The course has provided the opportunity to connect with self as well as others, and furthering the relationship with my children. Thoroughly enjoyable, enlightening and highly recommended postpartum and beyond."
Mum of 2 North London