The Power of Having Professionals in Your Pocket by Emma Gasking
How the right support, at the right time, from the right people, can make all the difference to a family’s experiences of, and health during, their pregnancy, birth, and postnatal period.
Research shows us that at least 1 in 5 people experience anxiety or depression in their pregnancy or the first year of their baby’s life. It is both a shocking and a very sad statistic, particularly when the government publication Better Births (2016) shows us that support can improve both experiences and outcomes.
In other words, many lives could be changed for the better, and this number significantly reduced, if more people received the right support, at the right time, from the right people.
That’s where The Parent Education Company comes in. Our platform delivers this magic trio of support in a fantastic and unique way. We have a midwife (me!), nutritionist, lactation consultant, sleep consultant, and expert in paternal mental health on hand as professionals in your pocket to provide you with the support you need, when you need it.
The feedback that we have received so far has been incredible: “This is an amazing bundle… honestly so useful”, and “I am so glad I [subscribed], the courses and resources made me feel so much more prepared for parenthood and the postpartum period after [my baby] was born”.
As a midwife who worked in the NHS for 3 years, who left after a series of cutbacks made it feel that I really couldn’t provide that magic trio of support that my clients needed this makes me so happy.
After taking the leap to leave and set up a business based around what I believe families deserve, to see families really benefitting is fantastic. We can change the numbers and improve lives, one family, one experience, and one outcome at a time.
Finally, as a practical takeaway for you, here are three of my top tips for expectant mums going into hospital for birth:
1. Prepare beforehand. You likely wouldn’t do a marathon with no training and expect to run it from start to finish, the same applies for your labour and birth – preparation and support before you start labour can make all the difference to your experience of it.
2. Bring something that reminds you of home – a pillow for example – smells can be a great way to help you feel calm, raise oxytocin levels (that help with contractions), and reduce the spike in stress hormones when you change environments.
3. When you pack your hospital bag consider using colour coded bags for toiletries, your clothes, baby clothes, etc. This makes it much easier to find things, and for others to find things for you. Bonus tip: Pop a key in the top of your bag so they don’t even need to ask!
Visit our site here: www.theparenteducationcompany.com
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