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Build trust and teamwork for great parenting

To have a strong foundation for family life it helps to have a base built on mutual support, respect, equality, trust and care.  As the Baby makes 3 program says “the best gift you can give your child is a health relationship”.

Thanks so much for our coaching session last night. We had SO many meaningful take aways and we look forward to evolving together in our relationship as a couple, a family and individually. See you again in the coming months.
Sarah and Rob

Caring for your baby and creating a positive and manageable work/home life balance is possible.  But it takes self-development to learn, practice and integrate the life skill tools necessary to make your transition into parenthood work at its best. Learn how to care for your baby using the tools of self-reflection, mindfulness, effective communication, body awareness, emotional resilience and teamwork  to make it happen.

 

As a part of the Birthready program we will explore and integrate 12 key learning goals for your personal and family wellbeing with theory and practical exercises in the session:

 

  • Strengthen the foundation of safety, security and support with your family.
  • Baby and mother care.
  • Practice effective communication to make informed decisions for your family care.
  • Caring for your baby.
  • Post-natal changes and your support plan
  • Explore what is a healthy relationship and what impacts good teamwork as parents
  • Explore the impact of cultural and personal expectations of parenthood
  • Plan how to better manage conflict, stress and disconnect as parents
  • Negotiate roles, responsibilities and who does what on the ‘to do’ list.
  • Widen your village of support
  • Nurture your personal interests outside of parenting.
  • Set value driven goals to direct ongoing wellbeing and integrate new positive learning into every day life.

Whether you are a solo parent, in a secure or challenging relationship, active preparation for parenthood is worthwhile.  This supports your transition to be easier, healthier, more satisfying and love-filled.  Together with your support team, we will clarify what helps and hinders this journey for you.  We will harness the strengths of your life story, tend to your vulnerabilities and explore how you wish to create your best transition into life as a parent.

When transitioning into life as parents, there can be feelings of loss and challenge with your new responsibilities, new lifestyle, new workload and a new identity.  It can change how you feel within yourself and can strain a relationship.  You are after all learning how to merge your 2 family of origin dynamics into the one you want to create. Now you have a new love connection (your baby) and a different perspective on what is important.  Priorities have changed and your ability to manage conflict and problem solve can be harder when you are tired, have less time and are processing so much change. Sometimes it just feels like creativity has gone out the window.

This is all normal.  Everyone feels the good and the tough times with being parents and it is an incredible opportunity for personal growth. Your attention to work on strengthening the foundations of your family life and boosting your partner/parent relationship  is an empowering experience and one that families do not regret investing in.

Having know Erika for many years as a colleague and as my Doula, there was no hesitation in asking her to assist my husband and I with some relationship coaching. Erika’s warmth and understanding created a place within our own home where we could be vulnerable and also reconnect with each other emotionally and physically. Thanks Erika for you nurturing guidance and relationship tune up. XX
Nicole McAuliffe

This is a journey, and every couple / family will be creating a different ‘relationship landscape’.  As individuals and as a couple you will have some idea of the path you wish to pave.  There will be time to define what that path looks like, where it’s going to, how to stay on track and overcome obstacles along the way.  It’s one step at a time and you already have skills that have worked before.  You have the incredible opportunity for personal growth and creating the changes you want.

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Buy your Mindful birthing guidebook and audio's here

Get ready to feel more calm, in control and positive about birthing your baby and feeling the power house of awesomeness that is YOU. This Birthready with Hypnosis guidebook and 4 audio tracks covers your basic hypnosis theory as it relates to birth preparation. Included are your home work fun sheets, scripts and guided meditation practices to help you apply the theory and tools of hypnotherapy into your daily life. This program overlaps and compliments the franchised programs of Hypnobirthing and Calmbirth.

Sharing birth and life stories of parenthood

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Birthready helps facitliate an evening of open discussion and peer sharing and learning for expectant and new parents, (women and men).  In a friendly environment we support each other to share our birth and life stories, questions, ideas, wisdom and resources.  We troubleshoot our challenges by hearing each others perspecives and explore ways to manage our challenges. This is a facilitated process that uses group discussion, movies, handouts, hands on practices and what ever comes up in the group to explore how we can be happier, healthier human beings during the pregnancy to early parenting time.

Time:  7 - 8.30 pm First Thursday of each month

Place: Birthready Ringwood

Bring:  A plate of supper to share  (Optional)

RSVP: Please book your place to confirm (I may need to reschedule if called to a birth)

Please invite others that may be interested

Cost:  $20 per person

Creating your best transition into life as a parent.