Birth Trauma Support &
Postnatal Counselling

How do you feel about your birth experience/s?

Childbirth can stay with a woman for the rest of her life and have significant psychological, emotional, physical and social impacts.

The experience of birth and postpartum is one of huge transition. You are healing from your pregnancy and birth journey while learning the ways of a newborn. It is our physiologic design to be deeply rested and resourced for an optimum recovery and cared for as a newborn mother deserves to be.

 

As a mother, it is your innate knowing that you should only need to focus on your recovery and the discovery of your relationship with your newborn. Parenthood is usually accompanied with newfound pressures and demands on top of recovery, birth trauma, anxiety or depression. Mothers and their partners need to be supported to rest after birth, to receive the right nourishment and to have the time and space held so as they can feel complete on how their baby entered this world. 

 

I ensure a strong foundation of mental, emotional and physical support, as well as offering guidance and information when needed such as helping you to access additional support for breastfeeding, sleep or counselling. 

 

Together, we will work to ensure you feel closure around your birth experience with discussion and somatic tools embodied to help you to process and release your birth energy, giving you the confidence to move forward in your new chapter not just as a mother, but also as a family. 

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Session Content can include (but is not limited to):

  • ​Emotional and mental health support through counselling.

  • Talking through your pregnancy and birth experience/s.

  • Understanding how the brain and body respond to trauma.

  • The expectations of parenthood vs. the reality. 

  • Receiving personalised nutritional insight and education supportive to your mind/body recovery.

  • Compassionately exploring the current relationships you have with your baby/children and partner and the steps to mending your family after a traumatic birth.

  • Embodying 'responsive' instead of 'reactive' parenting techniques. 

  • Understanding the ripple effects and impacts of birth trauma. 

  • Guidance of physical recovery, parenting support and rest.

  • Breastfeeding and latch support and/or formula and bottle feeding support.

  • Referrals as needed to appropriate care providers.

  • Discussion and restorative body techniques embodied as you seek understanding and healing of your birth experience.

  • Guidance to help you to trust your intuition and discover your own parenting philosophy. 

       1:1 SESSION: $60 NZD / 1 hour

These 1:1 sessions were more than just 'counselling'. They were an opportunity for me to acknowledge what I had lived through with birth and to feel safe to heal the trauma I was still carrying in my body from the experience. Vanessa helped me to find clarity in moving forward and guided me to harness my intuition which has improved the relationship with my baby and confidence in myself as a mother.
 
Alex

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