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Are you preparing for the arrival of your baby but worried about how you will cope with the tiredness, heightened emotions or simply the unknown? Do you want to set yourself up for a peaceful postpartum but not sure what this exactly entails and how it might look for you? Or is your babe already here and you would love someone to support and care for you as a newborn mother? You don’t have (and were never meant) to do it alone – I’d love to be part of the community that supports you in slowing down, resting and receiving help as you transition into motherhood (matrescence).
The time immediately after the birth of your baby is the time for you to rest, be nourished and cared for. So much focus is on the pregnancy and safe arrival of baby with much less thought given to what happens when you get home and your new life begins. Imagine knowing how to best set yourself up to reduce stress and nurture yourself in the fourth trimester so all you need to do is focus on healing, feeding and bonding with your baby?
I can offer you the support and reassurance you might need to help you feel anchored, supported and confident in the choices you make for your family. It might be warming, nourishing food, clean sheets on the bed, someone to hold the baby while you take a bath or long hot shower or sharing resources to help build your village. Whatever it may be, my job is to meet you at your point of need so you can ease into motherhood feeling nurtured, confident, and prepared. My wish for you is to feel empowered and confident as you make the transition into motherhood, while protecting and nurturing the mental wellbeing of both you and your baby. It doesn’t have to be one or the other.
“Justine made us feel comfortable straight away. She is gentle, caring, passionate about infant care (and the motherhood journey) and wise. Her experience and knowledge combine to deliver a holistic, nurturing, strategic approach to the postpartum period – from helping us navigate bottles and the crazy number of different teats on the market, making lactation cookies and tea, helping us plan ahead and keep our baby safe – she was our saviour. Looking back, the small, smart changes she made to our set up, would have taken us months to work out! Justine started with us when Harry was five weeks old – the only thing I’d change would be engaging her sooner!” Kate