When I was pregnant with my first baby, I focused on the birth. I read birth books, I listened to birth relaxation CD’s. I took HypnoBabies and read HypnoBirthing. I hired a birth doula.
Sure, I read a book on infant sleep and I researched baby gear (with a spreadsheet of rankings, comments, pricing and sources), but my main focus was on my ideal birth, not on being a mother. I was going to have a baby the way I had done everything else, through organization, hard work and determination. I had a sleep schedule worked out and I was sure that I could manage this baby-thing like any other tough project that had come across my desk.
But having a baby is not like a project that comes across your desk. Becoming a mother is not about the ‘right’ car seat or the best highchair. It’s not a process that I could manage with a spreadsheet or a timer, despite my best efforts. Becoming a mother takes a different type of preparation. Our workshop, Managing Your Maternity Leave is about looking beyond birth. It’s about planning for postpartum in a way that is positive and realistic.
Before I had my first baby, I had heard other mothers describe the newborn phase only as a time of sleep deprivation and pain. Our workshop provides the tools that you need to make your time with your newborn a time of ease, peace and transformation. No, it’s not going to be all rainbows and unicorns (I said, positive and realistic), but you will come away with a real plan for your 4th Trimester. A plan that involves your partner, your family and your friends in ways that will support and nurture you as you become a mother.
“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.” – Rajneesh