“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.”
Being a mother is amazing.
But it is also hard work.
Family and friends are eager to hear charming stories about your new baby. But who do you share with when you are feeling exhausted and overwhelmed?
As a new mother, you are as vulnerable and as sensitive as your newborn.
We’ve all heard the phrase, it takes a village to raise a child.
It takes a village to raise a mother too.
It can be so hard to ask for help.
But you are not alone.
Every day I speak to mothers who are feeling tired and unsure.
As mothers, it is time we all asked for the help that we need.
There is so much pressure on getting it right. Instead we could be getting in touch…sharing our experiences honestly, supporting each other when we make mistakes, helping each other navigate the transition to motherhood.
I’d love to connect with you.
I help mothers-to-be who are seeking a calm, beautiful and empowering birth.
I help new mothers move from feeling overwhelmed to feeling calm, confident, and in control.
I help women make the transition to motherhood as smooth as possible.
By sharing your journey to motherhood with me, you will come to recognise your strength, value your happiness, and be the mother that you desire to be.
Becoming a mother is the best thing I have ever done.
And it is the hardest thing I have ever done.
Talk about an identity-shifting, world-changing transformation that makes you incredibly vulnerable and is hugely empowering!
After I emerged from the haze that is life with a newborn, I found myself searching.
At first I wasn’t sure what I was searching for, but then I realised I was searching for myself.
I had lost myself in motherhood.
Where did I go?
Me…the unique woman with hopes and dreams not related to her child, but of her own?
How do I find her amongst the endless nappies and laundry?
I tried looking for myself in different places.
Was I back at work?
Perhaps studying would return me to myself?
The inspirational community I found through blogging put me on a solid path.
Becoming first a hypnobirthing practitioner and then a postpartum doula helped me define myself and refine my search.
I returned to activities that I loved. Jogging, Pilates, baking.
I tried new things. Meditation, iPhoneography, engaging in creative collaboration.
I am still seeking, but I know I am on the right course.
There certainly are days when I feel frustrated and lost.
But most days I feel fulfilled and inspired.
It has taken me nearly three years to reconcile being a mother with being a woman.
And I know you can do it too.
I believe in me.
And I believe in you.
This is all about our journey.
Our path to finding wellness and wellbeing.
To finding ourselves as women…our very own unique and special brand of joyful, empowered, inspiring women…not just mothers.
This is a space for sharing our stories.
Our challenges and our triumphs.
The lessons we have learned and those we are still trying to grasp.
We only get one opportunity to birth and to raise our children.
I am here to help you plan in place that moves you from feeling overwhelmed to feeling calm, confident, and in control.
I help mothers make the transition from woman to mother as smooth as possible.
Birth is a crucial part of a mother’s story and of her child’s story.
Birth is powerful.
The strength you find through birthing gives you self-knowledge and self-confidence.
Mothers can be joyful women.
We are fun, stylish, we kick our heels up, we laugh!
Women need to rally behind other women.
We need to restore one another, energise one another, inspire one another. We all have something to give.
Most problems can be solved with good friends and any combination of coffee, tea, red wine, gin and ice cream!
A Bit More About Me:
I am an American. But I have called Brisbane home for the past nine years. More than anything, I miss American grocery stores. Or rather I miss what they are filled with…Cinnamon Toast Crunch, real lemonade, and Pepper Jack cheese.
I love a good coffee…a flat white extra hot or an iced latte depending on the season.
I hate camping. I could perhaps come to terms with glamping.
“Motherhood brings as much joy as ever, but it still brings boredom, exhaustion, and sorrow too. Nothing else ever will make you as happy or as sad, as proud or as tired, for nothing is quite as hard as helping a person develop his own individuality especially while you struggle to keep your own”
-Marguerite Kelly and Elia Parsons
The first step in finding out how to get the support, confidence, health and love that all new mothers need is entering your email address below.
I will send you a free copy of my Post Partum Planner.
And I will send you an invitation to a free workshop in which I will share with you the secrets to ensuring a peaceful and joyful postpartum experience.
-what alloparenting is and how we were never meant to be mothering alone
-nourishing traditions from around the world to inspire you to get the support you need
-the postpartum hormone that will allow you to thrive
-three simple, practical ways to cope with the significant changes a beautiful baby brings to your life
-real stories of women becoming mothers
Caitlin is a hypnobirthing practitioner, a postpartum doula, and a passionate and supportive life coach for mothers.
She aims to help pregnant women start their mothering journey in a positive manner, to help mothers navigate those first crucial weeks, and to help mothers who are seeking to rediscover themselves.
With degrees in Psychology, Nursing, a graduate certificate in Professional Education, a certificate in Childbirth Education and with unwavering enthusiasm and heart, Caitlin guides mothers who are looking first for a beautiful birth and then for balance.
Caitlin believes that mothers are not just mothers. That with self-love, support, and community, mothers can have it all.
Mothers can balance their everyday demands with their dreams.
Caitlin loves to help mothers achieve a calm, beautiful and empowering birth and then a calm, beautiful and empowering parenting experience.
She has been named one of Kidspot’s Top 90 Bloggers of 2014 and one of Kidspot’s Top 30 Parenting Bloggers of 2015.
She is the owner of Hypnobirthing Brisbane and of Mother Down Under Postpartum Doula.
Connect with Caitlin at Mother Down Under, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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