Occupational Therapists are trained to help people do the things they want and need to do. When you become a mom for the first time (or the second or third time) the things that you need to do are going to change. You might also wonder if there will ever be a chance to do the things you want to do again!
(There will, I promise)
As an occupational therapist my goal is to “enhance your success, pleasure, and engagement” in your role as a mother. I want to help you to realise all the things you are already doing an awesome job at, and help you figure out some strategies for the things that are feeling heavy.
Sometimes it's easy to get so focused on the birth, that you forget to plan for when the baby actually arrives. Book a session to figure out how best to get the support you will require, how to set up your baby's room using ergonomically sound principles, and what equipment you actually do and don't need!
The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. Having a baby is life-changing. As you enter this new world you might need a guide to walk alongside you
Whether you are becoming a mom for the first time, returning to work, adding another baby to your family or just figuring out how to manage a rambunctious two year old who has just dropped his nap, I've got you covered
-navigating the new role of motherhood and creating gentle rhythms and routines so mom and baby thrive
-screening and if necessary treatment and referral for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders
-stress management and coping skills
-sensory strategies to optimize your function
-addressing any trauma arising from the birth
-mom and baby bonding and emotional co-regualtion
-helping you feel competent in engaging in developmentally appropriate stimulation activities with your little one
-understanding the physical implications of childbirth and how to complete tasks in a way that minimises harm and maximises healing
Let's get to know each other! This call will allow us to get to know each other. Tell me about how you'd like me to help and find out about my approach. I am registered with both the HPCSA in South Africa and am waiting finalisation of registration with the HCPC in the UK. I have recently relocated to Edinburgh but am able to work online if you are anywhere in the UK or South Africa.