IS THIS
PROGRAM
FOR ME?
  • Have you experienced unexpected challenges as a mum?
  • Are you having difficulty adjusting to having a new child in your life?
  • Does being a mum feel different than you expected?
  • Do you compare yourself to other mums?
  • Do you have a self-critical voice, judging your ability as a mum?
  • Are you struggling to find the time to look after yourself?
  • Have your feelings towards your body changed since having a baby?
  • Do you have difficulty asking for help and getting the support you need?
  • Has the arrival of a new baby into your family had an impact on the relationship you share with your partner?
  • Are you time-poor and do you frequently feel as if your life and home are in complete chaos?

If you answered Yes to any one of these questions then
WONDERMUMS Postnatal Program is for you.

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ABOUT THE POSTNATAL PROGRAM

The postnatal program is comprised of 6 modules that cover key topics across areas that all mums find challenging to manage during the postnatal period.
The program content consists of videos, readings, worksheets, and wellbeing assessments. The following table provides an outline of the program topics and themes for each topic. Each module contains 8 or more activities for you to complete.

Module 1
VALUES, GOALS AND EXPECTATIONS
Challenges of being a Mum
Normalising feelings
Developing realistic expectations
Module 2
CREATING A WONDERMUM LIFESTYLE
What is a Wondermum?
Creating positive social supports
Creating healthy lifestyle patterns
Module 3
MINDFULNESS AND HELPFUL THINKING
Awareness of your thinking
Establishing helpful thinking patterns
Developing realistic expectations
Module 4
BODY IMAGE AND ACCEPTANCE
How has your body changed? How do you feel about this?
Body image acceptance
Practical steps for making
improvements
Module 5
REDISCOVERING INTIMACY
Understanding common relationship challenges
Transforming your relationship
Expectations and agreement with your partner
Module 6
PRACTICAL WONDERMUM
Bringing order to the chaos
Practical planning & overcoming barriers
Resetting expectations
Module 1 Module 2 Module 3 Module 4 Module 5 Module 6
VALUES,
GOALS AND
EXPECTATIONS
CREATING A
WONDERMUM
LIFESTYLE
MINDFULNESS
AND HELPFUL
THINKING
BODY
IMAGE AND
ACCEPTANCE
REDISCOVERING
INTIMACY
PRACTICAL
WONDERMUM
Challenges of being a Mum What is a Wondermum? Awareness of your thinking How has your body changed?
How do you feel about this?
Understanding common
relationship challenges
Bringing order to the chaos
Normalising feelings Creating positive social
supports
Establishing helpful thinking
patterns
Body image acceptance Transforming your
relationship
Practical planning &
overcoming barriers
Developing realistic
expectations
Creating healthy lifestyle
patterns
Mindfulness in parenting Practical steps for making
improvements
Expectations and agreement
with your partner
Resetting expectations
  • The program has been developed by a Clinical Psychologist who specialises in perinatal mental health.
  • The program introduces some resources and ideas that you can incorporate into your everyday life to proactively work towards and maintain your emotional wellbeing
  • The postnatal program content is based on extensive research and clinical experience. The information contained in the program incorporates the latest research and evidence-based approaches to provide you with the best possible education and advice for managing your mental health and wellbeing through this demanding phase of your life.
  • The WONDERMUMS postnatal program contains 6 modules that focus on key target areas essential to a healthy adjustment to motherhood.
  • Affordable and Accessible – delivered 100% via the web so that you can access wherever and whenever suits you.
  • The program is self-paced, so you can work through all of the content at your pace.
  • Hear stories from other mums and know that you are not alone.The program includes 5 detailed interviews with mums who share their own experiences and talk about the challenges that they faced and how they managed to get through it all in one piece. Every mum has their own challenges and listening to actual mums share their personal accounts helps normalise the challenges that mums experience. In turn, hopefully this helps you to embrace vulnerability and share your own challenges with other mums in your networks.
  • The information provided is broad in nature, but the worksheets enable you to apply all of the learnings to your specific situation and the challenges that you are experiencing. In doing so the program becomes tailored to the outcomes that you need.
WHAT
BENEFITS
CAN I
EXPECT?
  • Feel better about yourself and increase your confidence as a mum.
  • Have healthy and realistic expectations for yourself so that you set yourself up for success and take some pressure off.
  • Be more confident in asking for help to establish important support systems.
  • Feel more relaxed so that you can enjoy being a mum.
  • Better management of your emotions – get insight into how you think and feel with practical steps for helping you manage your thoughts and emotions whilst adjusting to being a mum.
  • Recognise unhelpful thoughts and behaviours and learn how to overcome these
  • Understand that you are not alone with your experiences and emotions.
  • Get screened for Postnatal depression and anxiety and if you do need further assessment and support we can refer you to your local support organisations.
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STRESS IN THE PERINATAL PERIOD

The perinatal period, which is from pregnancy to your baby reaching 12 months, can be a particularly difficult time for many mums and families. Becoming a mum is one of the biggest transitions in life, drawing a line in our life, that being life before kids and life after kids. As with all major transitions in life, the adjustment to motherhood can be profound and have significant consequences across all aspects of your life. It can derail your sense of self and place additional strains on your relationship, finances, physical wellbeing and emotional state.
This is a particularly sensitive time, one where emotions are high and your resources are low. New stressors are introduced into your life and it can easily become overwhelming for the best of us. Despite feeling as though you were a normal functioning person before you became pregnant and welcomed your new baby into this world, all of the ground rules that applied before no longer apply now. Your world has been turned upside down and this impacts your baseline stress level and your ability to cope with day-to- day issues. Stress can be viewed along a continuum with a healthy range of stress at one end, and overwhelming stress at the other

We know that some stress can be motivating and help us move toward our goals, however when stress levels get too high, it can prevent us from functioning well and enjoying our lives. Our baseline stress level, the everyday level of stress that we live with, varies and is influenced by a range of factors (personality type, physical and emotional health, relationship status, financial situation, adverse events, to name a few).

The transition to parenthood introduces a whole range of adjustments that we know can impact a mum’s baseline stress level that if not managed effectively, can have a significant impact on physical health and emotional wellbeing. There are some important considerations when managing stress during the perinatal period:

  1. Identification of your unique factors predisposing you to increased stress levels (for example, lack of social supports, relationship problems, unrealistic expectations of self and others)
  2. Recognition of current challenges and signs of increasing stress
  3. Early implementation of skills and resources to better manage challenges, reduce overall stress levels and function more effectively;

The WONDERMUMS programs provide you with the knowledge, tools and resources that you need to manage the changes and stresses that impact your emotional wellbeing. One of the aims of our programs is to help you maintain a baseline stress level that is within the optimal range.