What have you learned about you since becoming a parent?

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

That I’m okay and that life is really good – I don’t need to worry about the past and can focus on the future

I can get through anything for my children but don’t expect me to always be pleasant about it

That I’m not as mentally strong as I thought I was

I find parenting incredibly tiring but I have discovered that I am made to be a mam to my daughter. I’ve never enjoyed something so much in my life

My life is so much more important now

Trusting my instincts is important

That I can adapt to change!

What is actually important

How my childhood impacted me, how to be patient, how to control my anger

That I can be patient and how important that is

I am so much more resilient than I thought I was

I am stronger and more capable than I thought possible

I will do anything to protect my children

I’m even more stubborn and determined than I thought

I feel like I was born to be a mum

I can say no to others and put boundaries in place to protect my own mental health and the wellbeing of my family

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