Preparing Emotionally for the Perinatal Period

The PEPP Talk has been created by Peach Tree Perinatal Wellness to help prepare expecting parents for the emotional realities that go hand in hand with the transition to parenthood.  With two antenatal workshops delivered during the third trimester and a further two postnatal workshops delivered after the birth of the baby, PEPP Talks are unique in looking at the before and after perspective of becoming parents – the expectations, the realities, the challenges we face as individuals, parents, partners, friends and colleagues.

 Frequently asked questions

Why do I need to prepare emotionally for being parent?  Doesn’t it come naturally?  I’ll just deal with it as it comes!
Becoming a parent means there are some huge changes on the horizon for you.  You are no longer a single person or a couple, you will have this new little baby that is totally dependent on you for all of its needs – don’t underestimate how much of a HUGE emotional toll  this is going to have on you, and how it is going to affect you and your relationships around you.  Having a baby challenges your perceptions of yourself, your relationships and the world at large!  Suddenly you are aware of a lot of things going on around your baby that you may not have previously.   A lot of these things you don’t know until you are in the thick of it.  I have lost count of the number of times I have heard parents exclaim “Nobody told me it was going to be like this!”  or “Why didn’t someone tell me?!”  Well, Peach Tree is here to tell you, warts and glory – to help you better prepare yourself and have realistic expectations about being a parent.

 

 Why do you take an umbrella outside with you when it looks stormy?
So you are prepared for the wet weather.

Why do you service your car before a long road trip? 
To reduce the risk of things going wrong.

Why get a degree or a trade before you start your career?
So you have the knowledge and tools to do the job right.

These are all the reasons why you should also prepare yourself for parenthood

Why split the classes into antenatal and postnatal?  Why can’t I just do the antenatal classes?
You’ve heard of the pregnancy fog, right?  Whether you believe it exists or not, when you are pregnant you are so focused on the fact that somehow you have to get this baby out of your belly and into your arms, that sometimes its hard to take in and process any information beyond that!   We cover the important stuff that you need to know before birth in the antenatal classes, and then ask you to come back after your baby is born, so you can then focus on the important stuff that you need to know now that you’ve actually got the babe in your arms.


What does a PEPP Talk cover?  What will we be learning about?

PEPP Talks do not cover any of the physical aspects of having a baby, so you should still participate in the antenatal classes that are run by your hospital.   We focus on the emotional aspect of expecting a baby and being a parent.  Our classes broadly focus on the following three areas:

1. Strengthening couple relationships and preparing for conflict. Did you know up to 92% of couples report conflict in the first year after having a baby?  We look at how to make make your relationship more resilient by preparing for the normal changes and adjustments that will need to be made after your baby is born.

2. Father inclusiveness.  Dads play a pivotal role in the family, but can often feel left out, overwhelmed and unsure on how to care for a baby.   Also, Dad may be unprepared for the emotional and hormonal changes in his partner and be unsure about how to react or how to support her.   If Dad is confident, educated and prepared, it can change the whole parenting experience (for the better!)

3. Parenting styles and tips. We introduce attachment theory: what it means, what it is and how it makes knowing how to parent easier.  We provide some practical tips and share personal lived experience to help you make better decisions and be a more confident parent.


How do I find the details of upcoming classes and register for a spot?

Click on the register button below and you will be able to explore available dates and times, see the cost for the various options, and sign up.


Still have questions?
Email us at peachtree@peachtree.org.au.

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