What impact did the birth of your children have on you?

The Being Mum project is about capturing the reality of life for mums after pregnancy, birth and with a baby.

It fundamentally changed me as a person, proved my inner strength and determination

Birth has made me more passionate about women’s and maternity rights. It has also made me more selfless and family focused

Life is so much better now

It taught me about owning my decisions and trusting my instincts

I learnt about needing support and the importance of being patient

I learnt the impact a planned caesarean can have on feeding – this wasn’t communicated so I discovered why communication is critical

That there isn’t a right way to birth – a caesarean can be really positive and not as daunting or as scary as I though

I have strength I never knew I had

I am no longer scared of needles and operations!

Changed everything. I lost myself and then I found joy

I have an appreciation for everyone who has ever birthed and a new found understanding for my mum, knowing what she went through

Giving birth made me more conscious of my role in life

I discovered that primal instinct to protect my child

It completely changed me as a person, I went something phenomenal to make another human!

I felt like my body failed me, I needed medical help to save my baby

The intensity of contractions left me feeling shocked – I really respect my body more now

I feel disappointed in myself, I expected more

It let me not feeling good enough or capable enough – it definitely impacted my confidence as a mum

Being Mum is about giving you a voice and a place to read other women’s experiences to normalise motherhood and to ease the isolation.

It’s also about starting a conversation about motherhood, about how individual it is and the impact it can have.

Please do read, share and take part.

With consultationsdigital guides and courses, my practice is here for you every step of the way. You can also become a member for exclusive content, discussion and a place to ask questions.

North East Birth & Baby is where you can read about pregnancy, birth and early parenting.

As a doula I work with parents from across Newcastle and Tyneside.

Copyright: Janine Smith