Pregnancy, Birth, Parenting and Beyond
Hi, my name is Miriam, I’m a midwife and founder of My Blossoming Family. Perhaps you’re reading this because you’re pregnant and planning for the birth of your baby, or you’ve just welcomed a newborn or young baby into your family. If you know me, you’ll know that pregnancy, baby and self care are areas I’m extremely passionate about and My Blossoming Family is the natural place for my passions, beliefs and skills to come together. If not, then I’d love to tell you a bit more about me and the My Blossoming Family story.
How Parenthood Has Changed
Like so many things over the past few decades, the parenting landscape has changed dramatically. We move around more; our population is made up of a diverse range of people from so many countries who are making Australia their home. Women have more choice and more freedom, and are juggling motherhood, a career and life in general more so than ever before. These changes bring so many positives: greater cultural diversity, more choice and experiences for our children and greater equality. At the same time, parenthood has become more challenging than ever before. Parents, new mums in particular, used to have a much stronger support network. Our families, our neighbours and our friends. With many of us living further away from family, choosing to live in different states or overseas, balancing our career choices and moving more frequently, this ‘village’ has shifted. New parents don’t always have the support network families had 20 or 30 years ago.
Information Overload: Baby Sleep, Baby Routine, Breastfeeding, Introducing Solids and More
The age of information has brought with it access to a wealth of knowledge on all topics. When you’re pregnant or become a parent, information about baby sleep, routine, breastfeeding, introducing solids and developmental milestones is everywhere. From your neighbours and well-meaning strangers to ‘Dr Google’! For may new parents this volume of information can become overwhelming. With such a barrage of information that is often conflicting, expectant and new parents can find themselves in a situation of not knowing the best way forward. Confusion and self-doubt creep in and they lose the ability to trust their own instincts and listen to their own and their baby’s needs.
Setting Realistic Expectations
Personal fulfilment, cost of living and expectations set by platforms like social media, mean that we are under immense pressure to be the perfect parents, the perfect friend, the perfect daughter or son, and the perfect employee! We put so much pressure on ourselves that we can be left feeling like something is slightly, or very, lacking! We put our own needs last and the very important job of being kind to ourselves is overlooked. So many new mums worry about their baby’s sleep or nutrition but put no time into making sure they get rest, care and good nutrition to help them feel better able to cope.
Abundance vs Lack
It’s these issues, the changing parenting landscape, the overwhelming amount of information and the unrealistic expectations placed on new parents, that led me to create Blossoming Bods. As a mum and step-mum to three beautiful children, I understand firsthand the emotional rollercoaster and many of the challenges that come with parenting babies and young children. Working as a midwife for over 10 years, both in hospitals and with obstetricians in private practice, I became aware that so many new parents very quickly find themselves in a position of lack. Lack of sleep, lack of self-care, lack of good nutrition and lack of confidence.
I realised over the years that redressing the balance and returning parents to a position of abundance was key to their ability to parent. To take the rough with the smooth, to appreciate the joys and have the resilience to cope with the challenges. It is this holistic care model which focuses on the importance of addressing all parts of family life, not just one, which has shaped My Blossoming Family. If you feel empowered with knowledge and confidence, you take care of yourself as well as your little one and you have a trusted support network, you will be setting the foundations for good sleep, resilience and positive coping strategies. Most importantly you will be able to embrace the joys of parenting.
I’m passionate about assisting families through the journey from pregnancy and birth, to the first steps on their parenting journey and beyond. I know in my heart that this is my passion and assisting families is my purpose.
My diverse skills, experience and qualifications allow me to create a more complete, nurturing and flexible care model through My Blossoming Family. Every family is different. My goal is to create a tailored support program that will see families become more confident, informed and empowered. It is important to me that my clients feel supported, validated and cared for. I offer relevant and current information without judgement or assumption. Through the many beautiful and rewarding relationships I have been blessed to develop through My Blossoming Family, I’ve seen families maintain or return to a place of harmony and embrace their parenting journey.
If you’d like to chat more about how I might be able to support you and your family don’t hesitate to reach out, you can call me on 0448 223463 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m here to help.