The Beyond Birth Approach is for you as an expectant and new parent.
During pregnancy you can use this approach to prepare for life with your new baby – to think about what you and your baby might need and how you can manage any challenges during those early days and weeks.
With a new baby you can use the information and prompts to better understand what is going on and to think about what you might need and what could help you as you get to know your baby and look after yourself as well.
The 4th trimester can be a unique and intense time, often providing a huge learning curve, which can feel overwhelming for new parents. This approach aims to provide a foundation of knowledge about new baby behaviour, how they grow and develop, where the challenges can be and how you can look after yourself.
The Beyond Birth Approach
As part of this approach. I will posing some questions and encouraging you to focus on what you need to know as an expectant and new parent – to manage the challenges, to look after your baby and for your own wellbeing.
I will be uploading more posts on this website, as well as on Instagram and Facebook as a reminder. The Beyond Birth Approach will also feature as part of Notes For Parents, which will be sent straight to your inbox each week.
Keep it simple
When it comes to the 4th trimester, it helps to know:
- how new babies work – what they need and what they do
- what can helps and what might not
- how to manage any discomfort and tiredness
- what’s normal
- what you might need
- to ask for more information, support and reassurance
It’s important to have this information so you can have realistic expectations of what your baby can do and of yourself.
Why have I created the Beyond Birth Approach?
After working with expectant and new parents for many years, I wanted to develop a different approach to focus on these early weeks with your baby to provide a foundation of knowledge and understanding as a way to ease some of the stress.
The learning curve will still be there, as will the weight of responsibility but if you know more about what it is normal, what your baby needs and what you need, these early weeks may be much calmer because you have more realistic expectations.
You can just send me a message if you have any questions.
Janine Smith | A specialist in pregnancy, birth and early parenting
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