Just thinking about becoming a parent can be exhausting and overwhelming these days.
There’s SO much information available about pregnancy, birth and parenting – all at the touch of a button. But what about that information? Is it credible? Is it evidence-based? Is there a biased agenda attached to it?
Not to mention social media. It can be a wonderful way to connect with others who are going through the same experience as you, but it can also be a virtual war zone as you try to navigate what feels right to you about any of the gazillion topics expectant parents are supposed to figure out. It’s hard to not get defensive or feel under attack by those who make decisions different from yours.
Let’s face it: if parenting were an emotion, it would be vulnerability.
There’s so much pressure to do it the “right” way – whatever that means. So, you stay busy with planning out the fantasy experience of pregnancy, birth and parenting, instead of participating in what’s real and happening right now. Because all of it feels too big, too scary, too “what were we thinking?”
I’d like this to be a safe place for you and your partner to land during your pregnancy year.
I want to be your confidante,
a person you feel you can come to, like a sister or a friend, to get the real story about pregnancy, birth and parenting. I’ll always be honest with you about the challenges as well as the joys of these life-changing experiences. I promise not to tell you any scary stories, but I believe that realistic expectations better prepare you for what’s to come.
You’ll find that I talk a lot about the influence our brains can have throughout the pregnancy year – from trying to conceive all the way through “The 4th Trimester.” And I’ll explain the best way to work with your brain, instead of fighting it, so you can have easier and more enjoyable experiences throughout.
I’ll share resources,
but only those I feel confident in promoting because I believe in the integrity of their evidence-based message.
Authenticity is at the core of everything I am and everything I do. “What you see is what you get!” is one of my personal mottos. Who you find here, in my writing, and in my classes is exactly who you’d find if we were to meet up in person over a beer or a cup of coffee.
Vulnerability is a normal part of pregnancy!
It might even increase as you approach giving birth, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it seems overwhelming when you’re knee-deep in the day-to-day of changing diapers and sleep deprivation. But I hope that some of the passion and joy I have about pregnancy, birth and parenting will rub off on you and help ease some of those feelings of vulnerability.
So, grab a cup of your favorite beverage, poke around a bit, and stay for a while. I hope something here grabs your attention and provides you with what you need at this point in your journey of becoming a parent.
I’m so honored to be a part of it.