The journey to becoming a parent can often feel like an emotional rollercoaster. When we enter this phase in our lives, the only thing that is absolutely certain is that having a baby changes everything, and life will never be the same again. We talk about the birth of a mother and the birth of a father. Whilst being a parent is the real you, it is a part of you that never existed before. It is a new role requiring new skills and a completely new set of rules.
It is important that women & men have the right support available to enable a smooth transition to parenthood so that they can enjoy the experience with their partner, any older children and their new baby. As a professional, assist your clients to:
Adjust to their new lives as mum and dad
Empower them to recognise and overcome unhelpful thoughts
Gain a sense of control in their lives
Enable you to help them reassess their identity as an individual and as a couple, their life goals and what their priorities are
Be 'good enough' parents, rather than striving for perfection
Relax into their new role as a parent, whilst juggling their individual needs, needs as a couple as well as needs of their baby.