Helping people from conception through to parenting
Dr Adrienne Brown is a Clinical Psychologist who is committed to supporting people in the perinatal period. This period begins when you are planning for conception and ends many years into the parenting journey. She understands the myriad of challenges people face during this time and that with the right support challenges can be overcome. For this she offers antenatal courses, parenting workshops and psychological therapy.
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As someone who has practiced mindfulness for 15 years, it was only when I fell pregnant with my first child 3 years ago that I started to consider the role that mindfulness could play in labour. This was an exciting realisation, so exciting that I decided to start a business providing mindfulness-based antenatal classes!
Let’s first review what mindfulness actually is. Mindfulness is the awareness that comes from paying attention to the present moment, with an attitude of openness, acceptance and curiosity.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably come to realise that parenting is a life experience where the ‘good’ comes with the ‘bad’. Challenging, rewarding, exhausting, inspiring, scary, exciting, frustrating, incredible, demanding, and empowering are just some of the words that come to mind when I try to describe my experience as the mother of a two-year-old.
So how can we cope better with the challenges of parenting and be sure we’re making the most of the precious moments, while continuing to support our child’s development? A simple practice called mindfulness can help.