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Embracing the ups and downs of being a new parent
When did you stop being a person and start being a parent?
Mother Love, written by Dr Melanie Strang, sets itself apart from the plethora of parenting books available on the shelves by taking a unique view of parenting.
Dr Strang doesn’t talk about breastfeeding, parenting rules or baby care, rather she highlights the neglected transition from ‘person’ to ‘parent’. Mother Love is about the emotional journey for parents, letting go of their old selves. The individual who could go on holidays and see a movie with friends at the last minute has to learn how to welcome their new role as ‘parent’ with confidence and strength.
Gathering experiences from parents around Australia and facts from medical professionals, Mother Love gets real about what it means to become a parent and normalises those fears and expectations.
“It’s not about being the best mum, baking the best cupcakes in the best kitchen, and having the best playroom with the best toys and the most energy to play with them. No-one can sustain such a picture.”
“It’s time to create my own identity and be free to be me”
Taking the romance out of parenthood, Dr Strang explains how parents are often blind-sighted by the complete life change that comes with a newborn.
But all hope is not lost! This book focuses on the easy and practical ways to deal with daily challenges that may arise promoting parent happiness and wellness during this exciting and inspirational time of your life.
As a medical practitioner, counsellor and mother of two with over 12 years of experience in mental health, wellbeing, counselling and education, Melanie is passionate about preparing parents through this time and has established her own educational program, Well Mum Well Baby.
All the frozen casseroles in the world can’t prepare you for the emotional roller coaster that comes with a new baby. However, Dr Melanie Strang can guide you through this maze of ‘mother feelings’ with empathy, understanding and simple practical strategies. Mother Love should be on every new mother’s coffee table, for reassurance that she is not alone , that she is a ‘good enough’ mother and, with the right support, she can enjoy this precious and exciting time with confidence. Pinky McKay, Lactation Consultant and Baby Care Author
The book is beautifully written. This book will benefit families who are contemplating pregnancy, or families with young children, as well as health professionals. I wish this book had been around when I experienced postnatal depression. Well done Melanie. Carolyn Westall, RN, M&CHN, PhD
What an important topic to cover…of course there are many 'cookbooks' telling parents how to parent, but not enough helping parents feel good about their parenting. Dr Strang is to be applauded for tackling this crucial transition and the emotional 'strollercoaster' that it is for so many. Dr. Sam Margis, Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist, NEST family wellness clinic Dr Melanie Strang book called “Mother Love” is a raw and earthy way of drawing several parents’ real life experiences together. The book explores their parental struggle in seeking to become the perceived ‘perfect parent’. This book contains a myriad of parents’ heartfelt stories of their battle in trying to negotiate the fog of parenthood. Melanie in her book has collectively drawn these stories together in a very intimate and personal manner. “Mother Love” offers some causation behind the struggle of self blame. Melanie delivers a common sense approach in drawing upon their own stories to offer a solution of personal growth in a positive light as to what new parents are feeling and adjusting to parenthood. For some parents the traumatic awakening can begin with a difficult and complex pregnancy or with a traumatic labour and birth and for others it is in the adjusting to the new role of parenthood. As a midwife and childbirth educator I feel it is my role to give expectant parents a glimpse into how this can impact upon their lives. Melanie’s book offers insight for new and expectant parents on the dilemmas that they may face. The book explores the not so idealistic, romantic perceived and media build up to parenthood and encourages them to seek support during this time. Neroli Marke-Hutton, Midwife and Childbirth Educator
I really like the book, it covers many of the things I try to pass on to patients while pregnant or in the first few months, that I learnt along the way either with my own kids, or while nannying. I think it will be very helpful to anyone starting out parenting, to get their expectations in a more realistic and kinder space. I love the short simple format and bullet point summaries - just right for a new parent's attention span! I would certainly recommend it to my patients to read and we will look forward to having a copy in the waiting room. What a great achievement to get it all down on paper. It reads easily but I know concise and clear writing is an art! Well done! Dr Deirdre Percy, Orrong Obstetrics and Gynaecology
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