Pregnancy and Parenting are not always a walk in the park!
Some days they may be but there are many days we could use some guidance to get through.
Becoming a new parent can be a series of highs and lows as you learn to navigate through all the changes and new roles, as well you may experience sleep deprivation and a loss of libido. It is natural for you to feel fatigued and overwhelmed.
Most new parents need a bit of extra support from family and friends, especially at the beginning. This could include practical stuff like helping with household chores or watching the baby or other children to give you a break, or emotional support. This is particularly true if you’re a single parent. Having a network of friends, other parents, neighbours and relatives you can call on to help out can make a massive difference – you don’t have to go it alone.
Sometimes the help of a professional will ease a couple through some more intense concerns such as postpartum depression, mood and anxiety disorders, birth trauma and connecting with the new identity as a parent.
“I want to reduce the barriers for exhausted parents by making sessions accessible and convenient. You have a lot going on, let me show you where you shine and be that safe place to land. My ongoing journey is providing a safe space for all parents including queer, trans, non-binary, single parents by choice, polygamous families and binary cisgender parents. Learning inclusivity is a never-ending mission for me and I look to my clients to teach me about their lives and what fits for them.”
If you’re experiencing ongoing distress that doesn’t go away on its own and begins to affect your ability to function day-to-day, or you’re not feeling close or connected to your baby after a few weeks, it’s important to talk to a health professional. This may be a sign that you are experiencing anxiety, depression or couple and parenting concerns that Ashley would be happy to help you with.