Baby BEAR – Birth Experience and Reflection
Having a baby should be a joyous time for any parent. Sometimes things may not quite go according to plan. This can mean different things to different people. Perhaps you didn’t go into labour naturally and needed to be induced. Perhaps you needed an instrumental delivery (forceps or ventouse) or a Caesarean Section (planned or emergency). Or it might even be that your labour went on longer than you anticipated, your baby needed a little help following the birth or even that the baby delivered before you had a chance to get to where you had planned to deliver. It may also be that the feeding didn’t go according to plan or that you’ve just found it hard to adapt to parenthood. Whatever the reason, if it’s bothering you, then it’s important.
If you feel that you’d like to talk to someone about your experience to help you deal with your feelings, you can come along and talk to me here in my Practice in Lower Earley, Reading on a one-to-one basis. If you would prefer to share with other parents who also feel they would like to reflect on their birth experience, I will be organising group sessions periodically. Please get in touch and register your interest and I can let you know when the next session will be. It’s often a lonely time when you’ve just had a baby, not in the sense of being alone, but in feeling that no-one knows how you feel. I have many years of experience in working with women in maternity as well as being a mum and understand that this can be a challenging transition as well as a time full of joy. No matter how many children you’ve had, sometimes it’s good to explore your thoughts about your experience.
The group workshops will be no larger than 6 parents to allow everyone to speak about their experience. The workshop will last for 2 hours and at the end of the session, the group can decide if they would like to meet again for a further session which I can arrange for each individual group.