As a trained counselor and mother of two, I have spent over 11 years working one-to-one with women. I know how monumental welcoming a new baby into the lives of working mothers can be. Having a baby (whether it is your first or third) is a significant change for a family.
I believe our culture has forgotten how prepare and support mothers through postpartum. This is a unique time where both a baby and mother is born. While the mother is mothering her baby, she needs to be nurtured as well. I have seen too many moms-to-be spend more time researching which kind of stroller to buy then what to expect during their postpartum experience. Once the baby arrives, this leaves many new moms feeling alone and exhausted or worse.
When I ask women what they regret about their pregnancy, maternity leave, and/or transition to work the number one thing they say is, “I wish I had more support” or “I wish I had been more prepared for the demands of motherhood“.
I am passionate to change this cycle and to educate mothers and society on how celebrate and support a mother through this monumental time. It is never too late to ask for support! Even if you are years past traditional “postpartum” but have yet to receive support, you are in need more than ever of some nurturing and reflection.
After the births and reflection from my own two children along with my professional experience as a trained counselor and recruiter/career coach – I have blended these experiences to serve career-oriented mothers through the postpartum period and beyond.
The births and postpartum experiences of my two children were radically different. My first was a 56-hour labor and birth where I delivered vaginally with minimal medical intervention. After she was born I had the privilege of staying at home with her full-time until she was 9 months old (this also included a move across state lines where we had no community or family). I exclusively breastfed until she was 15 months old. I introduced solids via baby-led weaning and co-slept until she was 7 months old.
My second child was breech and arrived via cesarean birth. My maternity leave was four months then I dove back into work full-time. By six months postpartum I was not producing enough breast milk and supplemented with formula. She was also diagnosed with hip dysplasia and wore a full body brace for her first year of life. I introduced solids through purees and sleep trained her at four months. Although never formally diagnosed, I am certain I suffered from postpartum depression through her first 9 months of life.
Between these two children I experienced many of the challenges and choices women face during pregnancy and the postpartum period. I respect and believe each child has unique needs and families should make decisions based on their values combined with educating themselves on the facts. As a postpartum professional and trained counselor, my role is not to give you advice but to help guide you to arrive at the best decision for you, your baby, and your family as whole. There is never a right answer. Only a right answer for you.
I am honored to work with mamas in this capacity and for the opportunity to mother YOU while you are busy mothering your babe.
Training & Qualifications
Bachelors of Science in Psychology, minor in Child Development – California Polytechnic University
Masters of Arts in Counseling – California Polytechnic University
Certified Postpartum Doula (in progress) – Childbirth International
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