THE NATURAL PARENT MAGAZINE
PLANTING THE SEEDS OF HOPE AFTER EXPERIENCING A TRAUMATIC BIRTH
By Rebecca Rylands
This is an open letter to mums who feel that their child’s birth was traumatic, disappointing, difficult, scary, or did not go to plan. This is the story of a hospital birth that contains some descriptions that may trigger some people. The author respects the varying opinions and birth choices of other women. If anything in this article causes you distress, please reach out the various helplines available in your area.
ONLINE PERSONALISED COUNSELLING TO HELP PARENTS BUILD LOVING FAMILIES
Health, Love Your Work, Parenting September 28, 2020
As an integrative counsellor with a grounding in Carl Rogers’ person-centred therapy and other evidence-based approaches, Rebecca Rylands has been inspired by the recent work of Hoffman, Cooper and Powell and their “Circle of Security” (TM) Parenting (COSP) to create a parent specific online counselling service. With years of experience in New Zealand and Australia, Brisbane-based Rylands focuses much of her attention on supporting parents to look after their own wellbeing. “Parenting is complex and it can cause mixed feelings – from exhaustion to elation – and there is a common experience of emotional distress in the postnatal period. If parents can become aware of how parental mindset influences their actions, they can form a more positive view of their child, and of their own effectiveness.”
We spoke to Rebecca about her approach and how she got started.