Whether it is her first or fifth pregnancy a woman is likely to experience physical, emotional and mental changes she does not expect. Often it is difficult for a pregnant woman to separate what is happening in her body from who she is as a person. It is hard to believe that the physical changes taking place during pregnancy can affect a woman’s temperament, mood, personality and decision-making processes. In these situations spouses may have a difficult time understanding and coping with all the changes also.
A Pregnancy Coach helps pregnant women and their spouses to experience the best pregnancy possible and works with new mothers and parents to gain the most from the first days and weeks with their new born. Through goal-setting, goal support and encouragement to move toward those goals a Pregnancy Coach can be a helpful addition to a woman’s support team during pregnancy.
For women and couples who find that pregnancy is not what they expected or for those who would like to be prepared for the unexpected, a Pregnancy Coach will come along side them before, during and after the pregnancy. A Pregnancy Coach encourages women and couples to set goals for the pregnancy as well as supports them as they move toward those goals. A Pregnancy Coach will offer resources for women and couples as they weigh all options for birthing methods, feeding methods, infant nutrition and health care, as well as for professional supervision and medical support for the pregnancy and delivery.
A Pregnancy Coach can also play an important part in the days and weeks following delivery as new mothers may also experience physical, emotional and mental changes. In many cultures a woman who has recently given birth is expected to feed the newborn, eat and sleep. Surrounded by her mother, aunts, female cousins and sisters she is well-cared for and given plenty of social and emotional support. Unfortunately in the American culture this is usually not the case and many new mothers find themselves at home, alone, tending to a newborn child just days after delivery. A Pregnancy Coach can help new mothers and parents remember the goals they have set and the plans they have in place in order to address any concerns they may have in those weeks after delivery.
A Pregnancy Coach does not direct women or couples on how to experience the pregnancy or how to care for their newborn. A Pregnancy Coach offers support and encouragement as women and couples set goals and direct their own pregnancy experience as well as learn about the needs of their child.
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