A 10-week therapeutic group for new mums and their babies
Becoming a mum for the first time brings big changes to life and has lots of challenges! That is why Mummyshock aims to provide a supportive space for women to talk, as they begin their journey as new mums, in a secure and friendly environment.
Our goal is to support new mums to grow in confidence and resilience, as they care for their baby-enabling everyone to get the best start.
Mummyshock was co-founded and written by Ellen Baldwin ( , Brighton) and Rebecca Mitchell (Take Action Counselling, London), both qualified Counsellors, and launched in Brighton in 2015. To date, over 200 new mums and their babies have attended Mummyshock groups in Brighton & Hove.
Ellen Baldwin explains,
"Following my own personal experience of becoming a first-time mum, over 10 years ago, I realised there were lots of parent & baby groups to go to, but very few spaces where I could be really honest about all the changes and feelings I was experiencing. Fortunately, I was seeing a Counsellor at the time, and she would allow me to bring my little newborn to each session (until my newborn became a crawler, and it became too disruptive!)"
"Having emotional support and a safe space to process all of my feelings was so hugely supportive and holding in the early days of becoming a mum, that a few years later, I decided I wanted to offer the same space for other new mums. I teamed up with my colleague Rebecca Mitchell who had a similar vision, and Mummyshock was born!"
What our group has to offer
The weekly group is topic based and information giving, but with plenty of time for discussion and sharing experiences.
The group explores how the challenges and changes new mums are facing can feel huge, but are normal. We talk about birth stories, changes in identity, relationships, bonding & attachment, expectations, mental health, support networks and more- helping new mums feel they are not alone.
There is space for up to 8 women and their pre-crawling infants in each group.
Thanks to external charitable funding, the group is free to attend but donations are welcomed.