As a new mom you have probably googled one or two questions on the internet while trying to conceive, pregnant, or postpartum. It’s natural for us to want to make the right educated decisions for a successful, joyful experience. That is why Transitions of Motherhood (TOM) was created. To support more women in their search to find answers that will help them have positive pregnancy and postpartum experiences.
If you are new to TOM you might be wondering if this is the right place for you. Here at TOM we hope to help many women. This article was built to help you determine if we might be the right place for you to find solace and support!
- What Kind of Women Will Love TOM?
- How We Can Help You?
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Women looking to Conceive
I remember making an appointment with an OBGYN a few months before my husband and I wanted to start trying to have a baby. It was one of the strangest appointments I had ever been to. It was like the doctor didn’t understand why I was there. I informed her I wanted to make sure I was doing all the right things to have a healthy pregnancy and wanted to meet with her to discuss some healthy changes I could make. She kind of brushed me off saying take a prenatal, eat healthy, exercise, and if you can’t get pregnant in 6-12 months let me know. I guess I was looking for something a little more thorough and specific to myself.
I know there are more women out there that are asking themselves the same question but don’t know where to find the answers. Maybe you have also had a similar interaction to mine. If you want to be proactive in your motherhood and prepare for pregnancy like I did this is the place for you. I am here to help you walk through some lifestyle changes and choices you can make early on before you get pregnant to be your healthiest self as your body prepares to grow and support another human life.
Pregnant women with questions about pregnancy changes
I found myself googling so many things during my pregnancy to know if it was normal and what I could do. Most of us have little background about pregnancy changes if we have never had a baby before. Even if you have had some medical background like myself there are still many questions that can arise.
I want to help you answer some of those questions and help you to feel empowered to make choices to improve your health and your overall experience.
Women who are preparing for labor and birth
Some women will take a birthing class prior to their delivery. How well that prepares you for your labor and birth experience will vary. Labor and Birth are an exciting time. Feeling prepared for what is to come is an important aspect of preparation.
You will have to make a lot of decisions during your labor and birth. If you are knowledgeable and prepared you can have a much better experience. Put yourself in the driver’s seat and feel ready to make positive
Pregnant women with questions and concerns about preparing financially for a baby.
There are many things that can lead to stress in our lives during this transition I don’t want finances to be one of them for you. I want you to enjoy in the excitement of preparing to embrace a new life into your family. I will walk you through the steps you need to take to feel financially prepared to take on maternity leave, hospital bills, and setting up your home for your growing family.
Pregnant Women navigating maternity leave.
This is one of those things in life I wish they would teach you in school. Just like how to navigate insurance, investing, and car buying would make great additions to Adulting 101.
I found navigating maternity leave to be confusing and really frustrating. It is important to understand how much time you legally can take and how much of the time you will get paid. That will be different depending on who you work for and what state you live in, but I want to help you get the maternity leave that you desire.
Having a baby is life changing and you can never totally prepare for what is about to come. No labor goes perfectly to plan and each child is different. Making sure you have the time to let your body adjust to the changes and bond with your child is so important.
Postpartum Women looking for support and guidance.
My first pregnancy happened in the middle of a pandemic. We had our baby alone in the hospital and they were encouraging us to leave the hospital as soon as possible. I luckily had a very uncomplicated birth and a very healthy daughter, but leaving the hospital less than 48 hours after birth was difficult.
Then waiting the 6 weeks for my follow up appointment felt like an eternity. So much had just changed and I couldn’t see my doctor for another 6 weeks? My baby had already seen the pediatrician twice before I had my appointment with my OB.
Postpartum is a critical time and a lot can happen. I want to be a support to help you know who to turn to when you have questions or concerns arise. I feel our medical system currently fails women at this crucial time in life so I want to step in to fill the gap.
Most women aren’t even aware of the resources that are available and how to use them.
Working moms returning to work after a baby.
You just had a baby and have made it through your maternity leave. You may be one of those women that just couldn’t imagine being home with your kids 24/7. That’s fine, no judgements here.
There is so much that has changed and going back to work will never be the same. There is childcare to consider, will you breastfeed and pump at work, will you go back to the same role or schedule, and many other things to consider. Don’t feel like you have to make those decisions without any guidance.
Working moms transitioning to SAHM.
Some women will also decide that working and sending their kids off to childcare doesn’t suit their lifestyle anymore. Maybe you want to be home with your kids. Maybe it doesn’t financially make sense to continue to work. How do you make that transition? What things do you need to consider?
I took a step back from my full time nursing career because my eyes have been opened to a healthcare system that is failing women. I want to make a real impact and help women get the support and guidance that they need to be successful. Mothers are amazing but we were never meant to do it alone.
My hope is to have a true impact on women’s lives through the challenging years of trying to become pregnant to bringing home a new baby. There are all sorts of variations of this and to be honest in some cases you may not get to bring home that baby. Mothers of loss I see you too. Pregnancy and postpartum is sometimes messy and not at all like we expected. Wherever you are on that journey I hope to be a light and an arm to hold on to as you walk through the chaos. I want to help you as women feel like you have a voice, feel educated to make decisions that feel right to you, and supported wherever you currently are. So please join me on this journey together.
Jess is a registered nurse with over 6+ years of critical care experience for patients young and old and is the mother of two small children. After having her own children she felt inspired to provide mothers with real actionable guidance and education to make informed decisions throughout their pregnancy and postpartum experience.