I'm Sinead, a Perinatal Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Therapist supporting mummies and daddies dealing with miscarriage, baby loss and birth trauma.
I'm mummy myself to two little divas Gracie & Elsie, wifey to Martyn and dog mummy to Millie. They are my world and the driving force behind Maternal Kindness being born in the middle of the 2020 global pandemic.
Why perinatal mental health?
My own experience of pregnancy, birth and early motherhood has been a pretty bumpy road and only now, do I realise that I suffered from Birth Trauma after my first daughter was born - why are these things never spoken about? And, subsequently, suffered from pregnancy anxiety and Tokophobia in my most recent pregnancy following a missed miscarriage in April 2019.
These experiences spurred me on, wanting to support other women - nobody should feel judged, alone or vulnerable when going through these heartbreaking, life-changing moments.
After the recent birth of my second daughter, I felt that there was so little help out there for me and my mental health whilst pregnant and when I needed it the most. I want to change this and be the person to help support women, men and families going through these painful experiences.
Having gained a degree at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in Applied Communication with Marketing (exploring the different theoretical perspectives which inform the study of human communication within sociology and psychology), I’ve spent the past 15 years working in global corporate marketing teams. I love my job, but there has always been something missing...
Whilst on Maternity Leave, I've thrown myself back into my studies including a Hypnotherapy Practitioner (SCMA) qualification, a Level 3 Diploma in Counselling (TQUK) and a certificate in Supporting Baby Loss and Miscarriage (TBR). I am excited to qualify and bring these services to clients.