Becoming a mom for the first time can be an exciting, joyous time, but it can also bring up some fears and leave you feeling very overwhelmed with what to expect when you bring your baby home. Before the pregnancy, we always think it will be so blissful and have no idea how many details there will be to deal with. Then we get our precious new babies home, and we are so tired from the labour that dealing with a wet, poopy diaper or a hungry, crying baby can send us off into total meltdown mode! At times during those first few weeks, all we want to do is fall asleep, never mind master the hourly feedings, or figure out our baby’s cues. (Are they hungry? Tired? Wet? Cold?) Added to this, learning to breastfeed can be stressful, especially if we are unsure if we have a sufficient milk supply…many times we panic, dads panic…and with the best of intentions we give in and give baby formula.
As new parents, no one tells us much about how things are supposed to be…so it’s no wonder that with not enough information and being seriously sleep deprived, many new moms fall into a post-partum depression!
As a new mom, I experienced all of the above. My first beautiful baby was born six weeks premature, and I had no idea what to expect! I was so happy and so scared that first day we brought him home. I remember not getting any sleep because I was up every hour to feed him, and each time I put him down to sleep, he would be awake again in 30 minutes. I was constantly worried that I wasn’t giving him enough milk, that his diaper was wet, that I was doing something wrong because he just wasn’t sleeping. It seemed all I did was cry as I held him in my arms, because that was the only way I could even hope to get him to settle down. My days felt so long and so lonely, and I felt so much sadness that I couldn’t imagine how excited I had been when I was pregnant. I had been so thrilled at the prospect of becoming a mom, and expected that having this little bundle of joy would be nothing but bliss! Well, no one told me that there would be tough moments during the bliss, and that I would need a lot of support in the first year!
This is when I knew I had to do something for myself, as well as my baby! I knew I had to make sure no mom went through what I did! I had to make sure moms knew they weren`t alone in this experience, that they weren`t `bad moms` for feeling stressed out, overwhelmed or exhausted, and that they had all the support they needed! This is where New Beginnings began! I am completely committed to supporting new moms with the guidance and information they need to make the best decisions for the long-term health and happiness of their family. From the initial decisions on the best, most-useful products to buy, and how to best organize your home so that it is most efficient when you bring baby home; to breastfeeding guidance; to sleeping and feeding schedules that help new moms get through the toughest first six weeks after bringing baby home. If there are any questions or concerns you have about your pregnancy, labour, and new life with your baby, there is a New Beginnings service or package that will assist and support you in that transition!