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WELCOME

to Mummy Love.


I am Cat Berry, a mind+body practitioner specialising in perinatal and parental emotional wellbeing and trauma recovery.

 
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PARENTING DURING COVID

However rewarding parenting may be, it has been extra stressful for many parents 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 the limited support available, as services are still getting back to normal post-pandemic.


⚫️ 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 has been under strain for whatever reason during the pandemic.

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

⚫️ You are feeling burnt out or simply 'not feeling yourself’, and your normal go-to stress relieving activities have not been available due to Covid, 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 working back in clinic again, but can still do some sessions via Zoom. 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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TECHNIQUES & MODALITIES

I use a range of techniques and modalities to help you find that feeling of calm,
depending on your situation, and where you are on your healing journey.

 
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SOMATIC TECHNIQUES AND TRE© (TENSION & TRAUMA RELEASE EXERCISE)

As well as providing you with a safe space to feel truly listened to and validated, I also teach techniques which you can use at home to help settle the nervous system after trauma. During one-to-one or group sessions, I will teach you the techniques to help you self-soothe and heal.
Cost of 1 hr (one-to-one) session is £60.
For more info or to book a session, please get in touch.

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EFT (EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUE)

Also known as ‘tapping’, EFT is a talking therapy which significantly reduces feelings of acute anxiety, stress and shame, by tapping gently on acupuncture points and promoting self compassion and long-term healing. Cost is £60 per hourly session.
For more info or to book a session, please get in touch.

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‘SHELF’ COMPASSION ©

A unique self compassion-based healing practice, using found objects, drawing, journaling and visualisation. 
During sessions we identify, build up and map your own unique vital resources, to offer you emotional first aid, calm and comfort when you’re having a bad day.

For more info or to book a session, please get in touch.

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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. Cost is £90 per session for two 90 min sessions, and then £60 for subsequent sessions (60 mins each).
For more info or to book a session, please get in touch.

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MISCARRIAGE AND BABY LOSS SUPPORT

As well as offering support to parents, I also I offer support to people who have experienced baby loss, stillbirth or miscarriage. Losing a baby or pregnancy can be devastating, and getting pregnant again can bring a whole new mixture of emotions. I can help you navigate this process, and give you some tools of comfort and stability during this very uncertain time.

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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, or in cases of obstetric violence.
- 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 it is any reassurance, it is a normal human reaction to have emotions like this after experiencing a traumatic event, and with the right support it is possible to fully recover. 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 refer you to someone who can).

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PARENTING  YOURSELF WHILE BEING A PARENT.

Many parents I work with find that old childhood memories can come to the surface when they have a new baby or when their children get to an age when they themselves experienced acute stress or trauma in childhood.

Perhaps you did not have an entirely straightforward relationship with your own parents, or one or both of them were absent while you were growing up. Perhaps you were sent away to boarding school at a young age.

Repairing the attachments which were broken during your own childhood, and showing yourself the compassion which you needed when you were a child, can help to improve the relationships you have with your own children.

Please get in contact for more info.

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. Cat is a Certified EFT Practitioner, a Certified TRE Provider and a 3 Step Rewind for Traumatic Birth Recovery Accredited Practitioner. She is the mother of two beautiful children.

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