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 ( Release Counselling and Therapy, Brighton) and Rebecca Mitchell (Take Action Counselling, London), both qualified Counsellors, and launched in Brighton in 2015. Mummyshock is a project of Release Counselling & Therapy for Women in Brighton & Hove, a Registered Charity (No. 1192772).
To date, over 350 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!"