We pay particular attention to new mums, endeavouring to support them in a very joyful, but at times exhausting and isolating time in their lives. New mums these days often feel under tremendous pressure to be perfect parents and can find the mixed messages they receive in literature and the media confusing. This pressure often leads to self doubt, anxiety or depression. Thus talking to other mums at our coffee mornings, or joining one of our support groups can often help ease their isolation and anxiety. Our feeding expert Nicola O Byrne is available to help with breast or bottle feeding advice, whilst Dr. Noelia Molena, who completed her doctorate on “The Transition to Motherhood” is available for mentoring or counselling, as well as running ante- and post-natal parenting workshops facilitated by Orla McHugh. Ella Hoskin leads the antenatal classes and workshops that are run at regular intervals in the centre.
Our team of experts in Yoga, Pilates, Physiotherapy, Nutrition etc. provide physical support and advice, ensuring that mums of young children receive the attention and sense of well-being they and their babies require.
One to One Counselling for Post Natal Depression and Anxiety
At Mumstalk we provide professional psychological support to mothers who are experiencing post natal depression/anxiety. The aim of these services is to promote optimal mental health amongst mothers at this vulnerable and often trying time. As it is estimated that forty percent of cases of post natal depression/anxiety go unrecognised, we try to reach out to mothers to assure them that what they are experiencing is more common than they would believe. Emotional difficulties usually manifest within four to six weeks after birth, but can develop some months later.
Too often mothers are divided into two broad groups – the happy “natural” mother who is totally confident in her new role, and then the opposite, the mother with “post-natal depression” who is judged as somewhat inadequate, “cold”, and “not maternal” . Research shows that these broad categories are simplistic in nature as well as damaging, and that a more spectrum based approach is more desirable and true. Most mothers experience the same thoughts and feelings as those deemed to have Post Natal Depression just to varying degrees. Many new mothers are afraid to express any negative thoughts or feelings they may have towards their changed circumstances, for fear of being judged. Due to the lack of discourse and awareness on these matters, many mothers suffer in silence believing that as mthers there is “something wrong with them”. This is mainly due to cultural expectations, the propounding of the idea of the “perfect mother”, and the under reporting of peoples real experience.
Through our counselling service we support each mother in their own unique situation providing them with the support and reassurance they may need. Post Natal depression is not a reason to feel stigmatised, however research shows that most women have to reach crisis point before seeking help. There is rarely one cause for depression but a multiple of inter-playing factors. Risk factors include previous anxiety/depression, a traumatic birth experience, relationship strain, isolation, a premature or sick baby, loss of own mother at an early age, a history of sexual abuse or a number of stressors coming together.
Post Natal Depression and Anxiety Support Group:
This support group is facilitated by psychotherapists and aims to ease the isolation and emotional distress of mothers who are experiencing post natal difficulty. Hearing the experiences of other Mums helps mothers to feel less isolated and eases their fear. Anxiety, intrusive thoughts, low moods, anger are all discussed and processed thus helping both mother and baby.
Ante Natal Workshops
Our Ante Natal courses are designed to support mothers during pregnancy and prepare them not only for the impending birth of their infant, but also for what lies ahead in the early stages of motherhood. Partners are encouraged to attend so that the couple can prepare for the emotional and physical changes that lie ahead, not least the change in the dynamic of their relationship as they shift from couple to parents.
The morning session will focus on the physical side of labour and birth, going through relevant exercises, posture and back care, breathing techniques, the process of labour and birth, pain relief and coping methods, delivery methods and a birth plan.
The afternoon session focuses on feeding, early days at home, the transition to parenthood, relationship changes, the father’s role, emotional well being, post natal emotional difficulty, parental leave and returning to work.
Our course is run by Ella Hoskin, who completed a full NCT Antenatal training programme and has vast experience in this area.
Cost: 150 euro per person
New Parents Workshops:
These workshops are run both before and after the birth of the infant and focus on the change in relationship post birth. Research shows that parental strain often occurs when the expectations of each individual parent conflict. Whilst parents are well prepared for the physical birth of the baby, the emotional and psychological changes that occur are often neglected. Issues like work/career, autonomy, division of work, family involvement etc are discussed and worked through thus easing potential conflict. Too often conflict arises when these issues are not discussed and negotiated. The workshops are facilitated by psychotherapist Orla McHugh.
Cost: 150 euro per person
New Mother’s Workshop:
These workshops are facilitated by Dr. Noellia Molena who completed a Doctorate on the “Transition to Motherhood. They focus on the change women experience post birth and help new mums prepare for these changes. Feeding, body image issues, the loss of the couple relationship, work/career, autonomy etc are discussed and prepared for.
150 per Mother
New Fathers Workshop:
To date there is little support available for new fathers who often find that in the hectic first year of a child’s life there is no room for their voices as attention is focused on the mother and new baby. This workshop is designed to give new fathers a space to discuss and negotiate the difficulties they are experiencing including feeling left out, over involved relations, relationship strain, a change in the sexual relationship etc.
150 per Father
Pre and Post Natal Yoga
Pre and Post Natal Pilates
Pregnancy and Baby Massage