Becoming a Mindful Muma-to-Be. A Review.

10372054_10152787865301397_1471170980690654833_nWhen you are trying for a baby, the desperation and longing can start to take over your life. You see Facebook announcements of pregnancies, new babies seem to be everywhere and, though you want to be happy for people, you can’t help but feel the anguish of your own empty arms.

When we visited the Fertility Show back in November, I came across a network which interested me. I signed up for some emails and took a few leaflets and, because of the sheer weight of information I took with me that day, I forgot about it. That was until I received a newsletter from Mindful Muma-to-be and it’s founder, Naomi Woolfson.

Mindful Muma-to-be is a site that offers inspiration, support and a community for anyone who is either trying to conceive, going through fertility treatment or for ladies who are pregnant following difficulties.

For Inspiration you will find videos, free resources and articles as well as Naomi’s own story. With Community there is a free online support group as well as details of UK events. Then, there is the support. This is in the form of mindfulness, hynotherapy and EFT tapping (Emotional Freedom Techniques). There are downloads, MP3s and videos which all compliment the online course which Naomi runs.

I first started the Embrace course just before I got pregnant last year so I have only carried out the first couple of weeks before I then had to go into shut down to recover from my loss. However, I found those first two weeks full of information and useful techniques. There were meditations that Naomi shares with you which I found really useful to get through the hard times in December. There is also a technique known as ‘tapping’. At first I found this really weird! But, as time has gone on, it has made more and more sense to me.

As well as the online information, you are also treated to a Skype session with Naomi where you can just talk to her or pinpoint specific areas of concern about your wellbeing which you would like help with. As a result of this, I have found out about further resources and my order of the books The Chimp Paradox and It Starts with the Egg are now on order thanks to Naomi and the online group (which, incidentally, is a secret group).

Image courtesy of www.maythethoughtsbewithyou.com

Image courtesy of www.maythethoughtsbewithyou.com

pic-croped-220x240I had the opportunity to speak with Naomi to ask her more about Mindful Muma-to-be.

Q: Why did you start Mindful Muma-to-be?

Naomi: I had been trying for a baby for 2 years but I had no friends going through the issues and problems that I was experiencing in trying to conceive. I had to find ways to deal with this so I started by going into the online forums. I found these very dark places where people were sharing such awful stories. There were no positives. I started to post about the mindfulness course I had taken and the mindbody techniques which were really helping me to feel better and one woman really laid into me for being unrealistic! I decided to start my own group to connect to others who were looking for ways to enhance their well-being and fertility.

Q: How did you go about starting Mindful Muma-to-be?

Naomi: I started with a free blogger blog and then the Facebook group. I did one post. I then randomly found out about the Infertility Network. I rang them and they told me about a group in central London which I went along to. Anya, who runs the group, asked me to stand up in front of everyone and tell them of my plans. I found this a bit daunting as I had only started the previous day! But I had 5 people come up to me afterwards to express their interest.

Q: What do you hope women will gain from Mindful Muma-to-be?

Naomi: The main thing I want to focus on is to reach out to people before they get as desperate as I did. I didn’t reach out for the support I needed until I hit rock bottom. Of course, managing your stress levels and well being can help balance your hormones and therefore enhance your fertility but I want to show that you can enjoy and love your life now without having a baby. That is why we are a group that supports fertility and not the negative connotation of infertility.

Q: What do you feel has been your biggest success?

Naomi: At Christmas I shared Karen’s story. She was anorexic therefore had no periods and had polycystic ovaries. She found Mindful Muma-to-be and her attitude and approach to the process of trying to conceive is a far more positive one. It makes me really happy that she is now able to cope with her treatment in a much more healthy way. This is how I want to be able to help people.

I am pleased to say that I will be starting the Embrace course again this weekend and intend to make full use of it this time around.

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If you are interested in the Embrace course then you can get the first week absolutely FREE. If you do then you will learn:

  • How trying to ‘stay positive’ may be the root of anxiety and even unhappiness.
  • Why we need emotions both positive and negative.
  • How to free ourselves from the negative once we understand the intention behind them and allow our natural positivity to surface.

It includes an hours worth of content with video and MP3 and a 18 page e-book on the subject of how our thinking affects every area of our lives. In your free fertility support pack Naomi discusses how with mindfulness and CBT we can step back from our thoughts and observe them. In this session she expands on this and explain how we can change our thinking and therefore our lives.

You will also practice a guided mindfulness meditation, cognitive behaviour techniques and EFT (emotional freedom technique) which is being heralded as one of the most powerful personal development tools of our time.

  • A 45 min video for you to download and watch at your leisure which includes EFT session for overcoming anxiety.
  • A 15 min guided mindfulness meditation MP3.
  • 18 page e-book covering the details of the session, including full introductions and explanations of mindfulness, CBT and EFT and powerful exercises in each technique.

All you need to do is sign up here.

If you then do decide to proceed with the course (no obligation), it costs a total of £240. This is another ten weeks on top of the free one you have already had, inclusion in the support group, more MP3s, videos and techniques and a 90 minute session with Naomi.

Mindful Muma-to-be can be found here as well as on Twitter.

Disclosure: I was given access to the 4 week Embrace course with Naomi. Please note that I have not received any financial compensation for this post and all of my words and opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

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22 Comments

  1. February 4, 2015 / 4:52 pm

    Ah I have a friend who is struggling with becoming pregnant and it’s been awful for her. Miscarriages and a very late miscarriage. She has read loads so I bet she’s already come across this, I will mention it too. thanks for sharing

  2. February 2, 2015 / 6:48 pm

    I love the positivity of this Victoria. I’m glad you’ve found something to help you and I think it’s fantastic that Naomi is helping so many women. Good luck with the course Victoria, I wish you all the best. Xxx

  3. February 1, 2015 / 2:43 pm

    What a fantastic resource- so many people could benefit from this! Sending big baby vibes and hugs xxx

  4. January 31, 2015 / 3:47 pm

    Thank you for bringing this to my attention. Embrace sounds like a really good course, and perhaps not just as a support for women/parents trying to conceive. I think there are principles there that can help all going through a tough time in life. I did something similar a year ago called Inner Engineering that follows the same ethos – positivity and not wasting precious time worrying about what could happen… if it hasn’t happened yet. I hope it’s helped you feel better after your loss last year. xxx
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  5. Naomi
    January 31, 2015 / 1:47 pm

    Hi everyone lovely to see such positive feedback and yes please do share with anyone you feel might benefit from a little support on their journey to parenthood. Naomi

  6. January 30, 2015 / 6:27 pm

    This sounds like a fantastic course to embrace! I agree that anxiety is not good for fertility, but unfortunately trying to get pregnant can be one of the most stressful things we do. Wishing you all the luck in the world and tons of baby vibes hon xxx

  7. January 30, 2015 / 11:17 am

    I’m sorry to hear about your lose Vicky. I do think this sounds like a great group, and something which could provide a lot of support to those who are trying to conceive. I wish you all the best of luck for the future x
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  8. January 30, 2015 / 9:17 am

    That sounds like such a great idea to help support women who are trying to conceive and help make the journey a more positive one. A supportive community is so beneficial during difficult times and the techniques sound like very helpful ones too. So glad that you are finding it helpful too and thank you for sharing.
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  9. Milly
    January 30, 2015 / 8:38 am

    I seem to be hearing of more and more people who have difficulty conceiving. Maybe it’s my age … maybe people are just talking about it more. But it wasn’t until I had some very honest friends that I realised what a hard journey it is dealing with infertility struggles. I’m sure anyone who’s trying to lighten some of that burden and make people feel less alone will be hugely welcomed. #PoCoLo

  10. teacuptoria
    January 28, 2015 / 10:08 pm

    Hi Victoria, it’s so good to make people aware of a group like this. Since my divorce I’ve suffered a lot from anxiety and stress over the years. I’ve had CBT, counselling and tried meditation which have all helped in some way. I’ve made so many positive steps to come out of the negative thinking patterns I’d started to create for myself. I now make a conscience effort to always think positively and count my blessings every day but you have to take charge and do something about it.

    A great article and one I’ll share with my best friend who has been trying for a baby for 3 years and is hopefully starting IVF later this year.
    Tor x
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