“This program kindly and smartly guides you through the transition of becoming a mother, even if you're not yet pregnant." - Alanis Morissette
• Are you trying to conceive and feeling frustrated, scared, and hopeless?
• Are you overwhelmed by the physical challenges of pregnancy (nausea, exhaustion, weight gain, heartburn) and struggling with anxiety about your unborn baby’s health?
• Is your marriage prepared to weather the storm that occurs after your baby is born?
• Are you a new mother and suffering from grief that your old life is over, unresolved feelings about the birth, self-doubt, and perfectionism?
• Do you long for a community of supportive women to guide you through this life-transforming time?
A loving mother-baby bond is one of the highest predictors of the long-term emotional health of your child. Yet in a culture that encourages you to focus only on the externals of ovulation sticks, ultrasounds, and buying the perfect car seat, you're bereft of a roadmap and community that can guide you through the emotional terrain of preconception and pregnancy so that you're prepared to receive your baby with open arms.
From fertility anxiety to grief about your relationship with your mother to fears about giving birth, a circle of experts and I will reveal the secrets that will teach you how to:
• Effectively manage your anxiety
• Bring comfort and meaning to the physical challenges of pregnancy
• Absorb the shock of your new life
• Babyproof your marriage
• Give yourself the best chance to thrive
The Birthing a New Mother Program delivers what every pregnant woman urgently needs: a way to successfully work through the biggest transition of a woman’s life – the birth of a child. It provides pregnant and new mothers with a blueprint for bringing healing consciousness to pregnancy and birth, thus promoting optimal health and happiness for all concerned.”
-Dr. Christiane Northrup, author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom
What You Will Receive
Birthing a New Mother is a comprehensive program designed to allow you to progress at your own pace. As soon as you sign up you will gain access to:
• Eight online and downloadable lessons, beginning with preconception and continuing through the three trimesters, birth, and the first year of motherhood
• Hundreds of pages of exclusive articles
• Four video interviews with two psychotherapists, a professional couples' counselor, and a childbirth educator
• Two MP3 audio interviews with a midwife and a postpartum doula
• A written interview with a new mother (ThinkBee from the Conscious Weddings Forum)
• Continued support from other women on the Conscious Motherhood online forum
• Priority email support from Sheryl: I receive dozens of emails each week from people in transition asking for support and advice, but I give priority to members of my Home Study Programs and will personally respond to you within 48 hours.
Your peace of mind is worth it!
"I found Sheryl's work when I was pregnant with my twins. I was looking for someone, or somewhere, online where I could share my feelings about my pregnancy. I was part of an IVF support group for mothers who were expecting twins but I found myself feeling very alienated emotionally from the other women there. I didn't feel able to "focus on the good". Somehow that didn't feel right for me. I was full of ambivalent feelings about giving up work. I was scared I wouldn't be able to connect to my babies and I felt that I needed to honour the negative in how I was feeling because if I didn't, I wouldn't be being honest.
"Sheryl's work immediately made sense to me. I felt safe finally to let my guard down and talk about the fears I had. I loved working through her e-course. Listening to the midwife interview was especially useful for me. I could feel myself at my closest to my animal-self during my pregnancy. I felt the cocoon of pregnancy all around me and it was wonderful to know that the stages of my experience had already been mapped out and discussed by other women. I needed that introspective path and it was a tremendous help to me to have a course that gave me the permission to accept my feelings, whatever they were, and not judge myself.
"When it came to giving birth I had a very traumatic experience as I had an emergency c-section and came close to death. I know that the work I did in my pregnancy helped guide me through the horror of the birth. I couldn't bond with my children the day they were born, and the pain of that and the fear I had of not being able to bond at all with them was overwhelming. I was broken open by my twins' birth and yet I did recover from that very quickly. I was able to recover because I'd already paved the way emotionally during my pregnancy. I'd prepared myself as best I could by embracing my difficult feelings.
"I think it's a wonderfully wise course. It's gentle and yet it's very powerful. Somehow, the process itself of pregnancy and the surrender that happens during that precious time is embedded in the way the couse is presented. It's a heartfelt guide into the experience of preparing to become a mother, and now that I am a mother I feel the benefit of coming to know myself early on in the process. I am sure that is the reason I didn't suffer from post-natal depression and the reason that I was able to cope with the setbacks I had during the birth."
- Christine, London
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27 comments to Birthing a New Mother: A Home Study Program
I listened to some of the tele-class posted on the above page and after I got a short ways into it, I turned it off. I have read your writing and posts for the past couple years but I was disturbed to hear a group of professional women doing a tele-class in which part of the assumption is that the way we think has a significant influence on one’s fertility. It sounds a lot like the theory of manifesting to me which some people have applied to the field of fertility. I hope that you can appreciate how loaded with blame of self that theory is. It also sounds a lot like magical thinking to me. In addition, holding the mind-body/manifesting perspective as a kind of taken for granted truism also makes it impossible to critique such a theory since a person like me who takes issue with it can be written off. I see a great potential for doing harm here with such a perspective, given the complexity of fertility challenges. I would urge you to reconsider your perspective when it comes to working with women who may, unknowingly, be dealing with infertility through no fault of their own.
All the best,
Thank you for sharing your reaction, Terri. I haven’t listened to that tele-class in a long time but I will certainly listen to it now as I’m surprised that that’s the message that we were sharing because it’s NOT one that I subscribe to at all! I agree that telling women that they’re not conceiving because of their thoughts is dangerous and akin to magical thinking. Fertility is, indeed, complex and mysterious, and I would never tell a woman that it’s her fault in any way.
Hi again Terri,
Okay, I just listened back on it and, while I can understand your reaction, if you keep listening to the interview you’ll see that we actually touch on the topic of magical thinking and the attempt to control outcomes by “doing everything right.” In fact, it’s one of the main topics of conversation in my interview with Brandi on the actual e-course, and we go into depth about the nuances and sneakiness of the control-mind.
Hi Sheryl, I wish I had thought to look for this course when I was pregnant with my first son. The Conscious Bride was a lifeline for me at the time of getting married and I know this would have been so helpful with the difficult time of early motherhood. Now it’s many years later–I’m completely transitioned and beyond happy as a mom. But now I’m unexpectedly having another baby! I wanted more children so I am surprised that I have such mixed feelings about “going backwards” and rocking the boat within the relationship between my children and my husband and I (it seems we just found some solid ground after difficult years of transition). I wonder if this course would be appropriate–and I’m guessing not so much–if you could recommend any other resources that might be helpful. Thanks!
You don’t need this course, and unfortunately I don’t know of any other resources that address the VERY NORMAL ambivalence about having another child.
We are in our third month of trying to conceive. I am finding the “two week wait” unbearable, and all the googling I do seems to only make it worse. I am worried if I do this course, it might upset me because it includes material for when you actually are pregnant and since I’m not I’m worried if that will just upset me more. What do you think? I have previously done your conscious weddings course and it was enormously helpful.
The two week wait is, indeed, unbearable, and I talk about it at length in the first section of the course. I think the course would be helpful for you; you’ll just have to do the preconception section and then put it away until you conceive.
Dear Sheryl, I am unable to open the teleclass above. I would love to listen to it. I am a midwife and mother of two young girls and re searching literature on birthing and mothering and the thin support there is globally… Olga
Please try on another browser and let me know if that works.
I am wondering if this course is for someone like me? I am not pregnant, but am thinking about it, but become so fearful that every month I decide to “wait until next month.” I feel like I would be great once baby was here, but cant seem to make the leap.
Yes, lesson one is for those in the preconception phase and can be enormously helpful when you’re struggling with ambivalence.
Me and my partner have tried to conceive for many years (without success) and are now, after a long process weeks away from receiving our first adopted child. While I can’t wait for this to happen, since knowing we’ll be parents soon, I have been very anxious. My hormones seem all over the place,…I’m worried about whether I will connect to our new baby and even more, how my relationship to my husband will change. I’m fully employed and would go on maternity leave for a year, which is another worry.
I wonder whether you would recommend this course for me, especially as I’m not sure whether the section about connecting to your child will be based on the fact that the mother has actually given birth.
Can you help?
Yes, I would recommend the course for you since it’s really about the transition into motherhood and has less to do with biology than psychology and emotions. There will be sections that don’t apply to you, but you can easily skip over those and take in what does apply.
I’m very interested in signing up for your e-course but need to wait a month or two until I can fit it in financially. I loved the Conscious Bride and the Conscious Bride Wedding Planner, especially the journaling questions that were part of the planner. Do you have any similar, thoughtful questions for a woman becoming a mother?
Dear Maura, Yes, a significant part of the Birthing a New Mother course is exploring the questions that I offer at the end of each section.
I have been following for your blog for a while and found it incredibly helpful when i was in a new relationship. I have just recently discovered I am pregnant (around 3 weeks). Although it was a planned pregnancy, I am absolutely petrified to the point where I am considering a termination. I do generally suffer with depression and anxiety. However are these feelings about the pregnancy normal? Would this course on a birthing a new mother help me?
Kind regards, Sam
Dear Sam: PLEASE do take the course before you consider termination. Feeling intense depression and anxiety in the early weeks is completely normal and can be worked on. Slow this down and take your time so that you can uncover what’s wanting to be revealed. Sending love, Sheryl
Oh Sam! I feel for you! The exact same thing happened to me 5 years ago… A planned pregnancy, immediate misgivings, depression and anxiety… I only found my way to Sheryl’s work several months after it was too late. I tell my full story in an hour long interview on Sheryl’s Break Free course. If you would like be in touch w me directly, let Sheryl know. Feeling for you and holding you in my heart. These feelings can definitely be worked through, and lead to a healthy, happy transition to parenthood.
Hi Clara, if you are up to it I would love to talk to you about your experience. Not sure if you will see this response as its been a while since you posted. Thanks so much!
Sheryl – thank you for you reply. I will definitely be taking the course. Your words have given me such comfort knowing that its normal to feel anxiety and depression in the first few weeks of pregnancy. At the moment, I’m in a constant state of panic and anxiety I feel I need the support of other women who have been through this. As you have frequently mentioned in one of your blogs, there is very little community support for expectant/new mothers. My own mother died when i was quite young and I have no other female family members/friends that I can turn to. Would it be possible to get in touch with Clara please?
Clara – thank you also for your reply. Your words have instantly lifted me. I thought I was the only one who has ever experienced this. I know I’m supposed to be happy, but at the moment i just feel intense anxiety and grief. I haven’t even told anyone I’m pregnant apart from my husband who is extremely worried about how I’m feeling to the point where he has said he will support me in having a termination if its what I really want. The trouble is that I don’t know what I want anymore because I cant see past the anxiety and depression. I would very much like to get in touch with you and have asked Sheryl for your details.
I’ve sent her contact info via email. I hope you connect with her soon. Sending love –
Thank you so much Sheryl. Already I am starting to feel a little calmer. I look forward to taking the course.
Sam, get in touch any time! I look forward to hearing from you. Hang in there!
I’ve checked my emails and I haven’t received Clara’s contact details. (I’ve also checked my junk folder).
I sent it to the email address associated with your comments. Please email me directly at email@example.com if you’d like to use a different email.
Hi Sheryl! I just signed up for your birthing a new mother course and was wondering how I can sign in to the message boards? I’m a little over 5 weeks pregnant and am struggling with pretty intense anxiety (which is leading to a lot of sadness). So far the course seems absolutely beautiful and so helpful. I really hope I can get through this.
Welcome to the course, Kim! Please contact my assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will help you gain access to the message boards. Also, if you have the Break Free course, Clara’s story is contained in the interview section.