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!
Oh Baby, WTF!
Monday 3 June
Thula Baby Centre
We’re excited to collaborate with The New Normal (https://www.instagram.com/t.
Oh Baby, WTF! is a talk devised by moms, Genevieve Putter, (founder of The New Normal) and Carly Abramovitz, (clinical psychologist and founder of Carly’s Couch), to address the systemic changes a mother goes through on a physiological, mental, emotional and social level, after birth and how this affects her whole world. It is a talk that takes a nuanced and in-depth look at what life is REALLY like with an infant.
They will unpack the various spheres of a contemporary woman’s life and how a new baby has a ripple effect throughout all of them – the new identity as mother, her relationship with her partner, friends and family and how to integrate back into the working world as a new mom. The aim is to provide a toolkit on how to manage these shifts in a way that will empower mothers for their new role in the family dynamic.
While the content of this talk is very much geared towards the mother and to equipping her, partners are encouraged to join as well so as to better understand WTF is going on (or will be once the baby has arrived) as they are often Mom’s first line of support.
Cost is R250pp or R400 per couple.
Book directly through Quicket (https://www.quicket.co.za/
Hatch SA (http://www.hatch.org.za/) , an NPO that delivers care packs to new moms and their new borns in previously disadvantaged communities. They are doing wonderful work in helping new mammas who often have a lot of trying circumstances to deal with, aside from a newborn, and they are in need of the following items for their carepacks which we’d so appreciate if you could donate when attending the Oh Baby, WTF! talk.
- onesies, vests, leggings, warm top, socks, beanies (0-3 months)
- fleecey blanket
- soft small toy
- nappies (size 1)
- baby wipes
- face cloth
- cotton wool
- aqueous cream
- baby soap
- sanitary pads
Genevieve is the founder of the New Normal, an Instagram community started a year ago due to the lack of support and information about the transition to motherhood. She was inspired after the birth of her son three years ago when she experienced a post partum unravelling due to the pressures that came with new motherhood. She currently runs a support group for new moms in Cape Town, has regular info sessions and is currently training as a post partum doula.
Carly is the founder of Carly’s Couch, a group psychology practice based in Cape Town. As a clinical psychologist and new mom, Carly has a specific interest in providing support for women’s mental health during the perinatal period. Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders affect 1 in every 10 women (according to SADAG, 2012) but in South Africa this figure is close to 1 in every 3 new moms according to the Perinatal Mental Health Project.