"The home visiting service was very convenient and Felicity found a nice balance of combining friendly chatting with more focussed discussion." 

Kathy - new mother of one

"From a partner's perspective, your approach and understanding made me feel comfortable in the way you interacted with my wife."

Shane - husband and father of two

"What I found most helpful about this service was the home visits, feeling comfortable, and different techniques to try to see what the best fit for me was. I could really related to the 'cloud' thoughts process."

T. Simons - mother of two

new mums and carers 

* home visiting for Adelaide residents and Skype  consultation available *

- see the Services page for more info

Becoming a mother for the first time can be both enjoyable and challenging. There are a myriad of changes a woman can experience once becoming a mother: physical, emotional, financial, psychological, lifestyle, and social. Some of these changes can be observed and others cannot. Some of these changes are pleasant and others are not.    

A growing body of research in Australia and overseas is acknowledging the difference between expectations and experience for new mums now and how this can impact upon their emotional health. Of course fathers are important as well and Transition to Parenting (TtoP) studies acknowledge the need to focus on wellbeing for new parents on a number of different levels. 

However, contemporary women have a unique set of  issues that deserves a specialist focus. Not least is the trend to become a mother later in life and the growing prevalence of IVF mums. For example, Dr Karin Hammarburg completed research in 2006 into the needs of the growing group of women who become mothers after assisted conception.

She found that compared to other women, those who conceived using assisted reproductive technologies were:  

* Three times more likely to be admitted to early parenting centres;

* Less likely to be breastfeeding their babies at three months;

* Less confident about their mothering skills;

* More anxious about caring for a new baby;

* Twice as likely to have a caesarean; and

* More likely to be disappointed with their birth experience

The principle counsellor of Your Storyline, Felicity Chapman, has a special interest in this area and you can learn about the site mothersbeheard.com that she developed in 2006 by clicking here. Through the Mothers Be Heard library you can have access to: 

* Your Story: stories by mums for mums

* Life BC: mums acknowledge their life before children

* ART Mums: the experience of those who have used assisted technologies

* Wellbeing Workshops for Mums: results from community based workshops

* References: a collation of resources about contemporary motherhood

* Feedback: what mums told me about my site

* Mothers Be Heard: the story (exerpt)

"It was July 2006. We had been emailing for just over ten years. Microsoft had just released it's Xbox 360 games console in Australia. Myspace was the new cool and facebook had not even become a household name. Bloggers were becoming as common as joggers and the World Wide Web was ....."     read more

Felicity has provided individual and group support to new mums and currently one of her roles at the Northern Health Network is working in the Peri-natal health program. One intervention strategy that she has become very interested in over the last few years is mIndfulness. The ancient art of meditation, in its non religious form, is becoming more widely used in mainstrean psychology now because of growing evidence in how it can alleviate mental suffering and stress.... and its much easier to practice than most people think.

She also has years of experience supporting carers in general and has a personal interest in this area. Apart from being a mother herself, she knows first hand what it is like to care for a family member with a disability. Carers are to be applauded for the effort they put in, on a daily basis, to look after the needs of loved ones. 

But sometimes this can come at a cost to their physical and/or emotional health. Carers are inclined to put themselves last but caring can be a demanding role so it is important that the needs of the carer be recognized as well. Your storyline counsellors give carers permission to talk about the stressors that they are under and work with them to help them manage better. Another very useful resource for carers is the site www.carers-sa.asn.au

Your Storyline Counselling Service

For more details about this service please visit the Services page. Your Storyline is committed to providing an accessible and affordable counselling service.



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