Becoming a Mum. It's the best time of your life - filled with such overwhelming calmness, bursts of love and so much time to just sit around staring lovingly into your newborns eyes while dressed in a perfect gown for lounging around the perfectly clean house! Right?
Sorry, I'm calling BS on this... We all think it's going to be the best time (and it is, once you get through the crap).
First - you're so bloody tired but you can't sleep, your boobs hurt like hell and leak everywhere, you can't sit down comfortably, every time the baby cries you want him or her to stop... and when they do stop crying you freak out as to why their quiet... Those first weeks, and for many, months are tiring, emotionally draining, exhausting and you feel you need to show the world you are coping... Why?
HELP! It's OK to ask for it.
I caught up with Maud to chat to her about asking for help, the 'Mask of Motherhood' and overcoming our barriers to asking for help.
Maud talks about why we don't ask for help (feelings of guilt, our motherhood mask and unconscious personal reasons) and barriers to asking for help. She then goes on to chat about the practical and emotional types of help you can seek.
- Look at your budgeting - can you afford any help, a cleaner, a baby sitter?
- Try online grocery shopping to free up time
- Task sharing - with your partner and perhaps a family member who can help out once a week
- Groups and Forums - people you can chat to who you feel comfotable with
- Some time out
- Seeking professional help
We often talk about the way French Women raise their children... There's the books French Children Don't Throw Food, How to Raise Children Like a French Woman... and more!
Well, Maud is a French Woman with a great mix of the French Way and our way, bringing together the best of both worlds.
Passionate about people, Maud has been studying human relationships and behaviours for the last decade, predominantly with the International Adult School of Education PRH in France, England and Australia.
Continually researching in the field of personal development and life balance, Maud creates new tools to assist her clients in reaching optimum and satisfying solutions for their lives.
Maud’s training, which extends to over 30 topics includes:
- Childhood and emotional impact
- Love life (couple, family, deep friendships)
- Deep identity and self-image
- Emotional support and growth tools
- How to restore balance in one's life
- and more...
Since 2012, Maud has delivered workshops supporting personal growth, life-coaching, yearly "growth groups", and provided personal accompaniment sessions.
Maud began her working life with an international aerospace company, being based in France, Japan, England and Australia. This makes her particularly aware of the challenges faced by professionals in the corporate world. Maud now lives in Melbourne and calls Australia home.
In 2013, after giving birth to her son, Maud decided to add a new life-coaching speciality to her ever-growing skillset adding antenatal and post-natal support for parents transitioning to parenthood.
“We are all human beings and we share the same thirst for happiness in our lives. We just all do it differently depending on our culture, our past, our personalities. But it remains the same search.” Maud Briscoe-Renaud
Please visit www.maudbr.com to find out more, or to contact Maud direct.