Baby's Grasp

Welcome to Mummy Love.


I am Cat Berry, a mind+body practitioner specialising in parental mental wellbeing. 

If you have young children, or are expecting a baby, and are finding yourself struggling emotionally, I can help you to build up healthy coping tools to deal with some of the ups and downs that parenting brings.

 

PARENTING DURING COVID

However rewarding parenting may be, it is extra stressful for many parents right now, in these Covid times. Perhaps you are experiencing one or several of the following:


⚫️ You have struggled with the challenges of having a baby or small children, with only limited support from professionals or family due to Covid.


⚫️ You are pregnant and feeling anxious about being left to go to scans or give birth on your own.


⚫️ Your baby was born ill or premature, and you had to spend some time in NICU with extra Covid restrictions.


⚫️ You are worried for yourself and your family, in case you get Covid, and you don’t know how you will be able to cope.


⚫️ Your relationship is under strain while you and/or your partner are working at home.


⚫️ Your work has been disrupted due to Covid and/or maternity leave.


⚫️ You are having to self isolate and are feeling burnt out from homeschooling amongst everything else.


⚫️ You are simply not feeling ‘yourself’ and your go-to stress relieving activities are not possible due to Covid and/or due to becoming a new parent.


Please do get in touch for a chat to find out how I can best I can support you. I am currently running most sessions via Zoom, but I am able to provide some face-to-face sessions with full Covid measures in place. If there is anything I cannot personally help you with, I will usually be able to refer you to someone locally who can.

 
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TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES

to help you survive family life and whatever it throws at you (including the usual Lego and regurgitated porridge)...

 
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TRE© (TENSION & TRAUMA RELEASE EXERCISE)

A gentle relaxation technique which allows you to shake out your stress. It uses the body’s natural recovery mechanism to settle the nervous system, by completing the fight/flight response. During one-to-one sessions I will help you to follow your own body to find the movements which will help you self regulate, self-soothe and heal.
Cost of first session is £60. Follow up sessions are £50 (for an hour).
For more info or to book a session, email catcberry@gmail.com

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EFT (EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUE)

Also known as ‘tapping’, EFT is a talking therapy which significantly reduces anxiety symptoms by tapping gently on acupuncture points. 
For more info or to book a session, email catcberry@gmail.com

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SHELF CARE ©

A self care technique using objects, drawing, journaling and visualisation. Identifying, building up and mapping your own unique vital resources, to give you emotional first aid, calm and comfort when you’re having a bad day.

For more info or to book a session, email catcberry@gmail.com

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3 STEP REWIND FOR TRAUMATIC BIRTH RECOVERY

A gentle relaxing technique using visualization which helps to reduce symptoms of trauma after a difficult birth. For more info or to book a session, please email: catcberry@gmail.com

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MANAGING SYMPTOMS OF ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION WITH KIDS AROUND

Coming soon.

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RECOVERING FROM A DIFFICULT BIRTH 

Sometimes childbirth can be not quite what you expected it to be, for whatever reason. Sometimes it can be traumatic. 

Despite feeling grateful and happy that you have a healthy baby, you may still be processing emotions from the birth itself. 


During the birth you may have experienced:


- Fear for your baby’s life, or your own. 
- An injury to you or your baby. 
- A feeling of loss of control during the birth.
- Having to go through an emergency procedure such as caesarean or forcep delivery, or simply the birth not going to plan. 
- Flashbacks to memories of incidents in your past when you had been sexually assaulted or raped.
- Medical staff who did not respect your wishes or your body. This could have been verbal comments, or physically by carrying out invasive examinations or procedures without your full informed consent. 
- Sudden unexpected changes to your birth plan by medical staff, ‘due to Covid’.
- A premature baby, and/or a time after the birth when your baby was in NICU.



You now may be experiencing:


- Recurring thoughts, flashbacks or nightmares from the birth. 
- Anxiety, hyper vigilance, or constantly feeling on ‘high alert’. 
- Not wanting other people to touch your baby, and/or having to check on your baby constantly.
- Feeling that you need to avoid people, places or conversations which remind you of the birth. 
- Feeling dissociated, or somehow ‘disconnected’ from your body.
- Feelings of numbness, shame, guilt, confusion, anger, exhaustion, low mood, or just not feeling like yourself.
- Difficulties bonding with your baby. 
- Struggling to breastfeed your baby.


If you are experiencing any of these feelings, please get in touch and I can help. (Or if there is anything I cannot help with, I will be able to advise you on who best to speak to).

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USEFUL LINKS AND RESOURCES

Coming soon

OPENING HOURS

Mon - Fri: 9am - 6pm
Sat: 10am - 2pm
Sun: Closed

 

GET IN TOUCH

To find out more or to book a session, please drop me an email:

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CAT BERRY

Founder of Mummy Love 

Cat Berry has been facilitating peer support groups for mums and mums-to-be for Juno Perinatal Mental Health Support Edinburgh since 2016. Having lived experience of recovering from PTSD from a traumatic birth and injury, her particular focus is helping mums to cope with their day to day mental health symptoms and supporting their recovery by teaching various self care tools. Cat is a fully certified TRE practitioner (Tension & Trauma Release Exercise) and is working towards certification as an EFT therapist (Emotional Freedom Technique). She is the mother of two beautiful children.

 

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