Martin van Eeden
Aurelia’s Husband / Sofia’s Father / Associate Life Coach / Management Consultant / CrossFitter / Coffee Enthusiast / Wine Drinker / Wannabe Chef
Whenever I have had to think about what I want to do with my life, the same answer in some form always comes up. I want to help people realise their potential and then help them live up to it. That is what I get to do every day.
Now that I am a new dad, I find that I have a new passion for sharing what we as new parents experienced during and after our pregnancy, especially with other dads. I aim to create support groups where new dads can have the opportunity to hear solutions and ideas that may not have occurred to them individually and to problem solve through connection and shared resources.
I am looking forward to take this journey with all of you!
Session focusing on the psychological preparation for parenthood
“Recent evidence suggests that pregnancy is a normal developmental period requiring psychological adaptation by the new parents. This period involves upheavals in emotions, relationships, values and roles which demand considerable attention.” – Tudiver & Tudiver, Canadian Family Physician Journal.
Studies have shown that unsuccessful resolution of these upheavals has been associated with postpartum depression, marital discord, divorce, and a multitude of negative child and family outcomes. It is the aim of antenatal classes to prepare expectant parents for childbirth and the physical care of the newborn. This informative talk by Dr Carla Dukas will enrich the antenatal preparation by sharing deeply valuable psychological insights and explanations to help new parents prepare for the major life and relationship changes coming their way. Armed with this knowledge, parents should experience more pleasure and less stress in the first few months of parenthood.
Topics covered include:
- The common relationship challenges faced by couples during pregnancy & early child rearing.
- The truth about sex after baby.
- Expert tips to help you to not only survive, but also thrive in the first weeks of parenthood.
- And much more…
Carla Dukas, PhD
Clinical Psychologist working in Rondebosch, Cape Town.
Over the years I have noticed a number of recurring themes amongst the parents that consult my private practice. Attending Heather’s wonderful Antenatal Course and then becoming a mom myself helped me gain the confidence needed to finally start addressing some of these issues publicly. Becoming a parent is one of the most profound experiences anyone can have, though it is not without its own unique set of challenges. These challenges are usually experienced most acutely in one’s closest relationships. I believe that “to be forewarned is to be forearmed”. I therefore look forward to sharing the insights that I have gained though not only my research and years of therapeutic work, but also my own experiences of motherhood.
* In addition to the 7 Antenatal Class sessions, Thula recommends this additional preparation session for couples, held by Carla Dukas at Thula Baby Centre. The sessions run on Wednesday evenings from 19:00-20:30 for 6-8 weeks at R250 per couple and can be booked through Carla directly. New parents are welcome and encouraged to attend as this class is also very beneficial to parents in their first year of parenthood.