Oh Baby, WTF

In collaboration with The New Normal, Carly’s Couch is excited to bring Oh Baby, WTF! to the much loved Babygrow Clinic in Oranjezicht. Every second month Conny and Gayle host their ante natal curriculum over two Saturdays and we are so thrilled to be included to bring you this much needed talk as the third installment.

Their next antenatal course starts in July and Oh Baby, WTF! will be on Saturday 27 July after the first two workshops hosted by Conny and Gayle respectfully on Saturday 13 July and the other on Saturday 20 July.

Thereafter Oh Baby, WTF! will be on Saturday 21 September and Saturday 9 November.

The Oh Baby, WTF! talks will be from 10am-12pm and the cost is R250pp.

So what is Oh Baby, WTF!?

Oh Baby, WTF! is a talk devised by moms Carly Abramovitz, (clinical psychologist and founder of Carly’s Couch) and Genevieve Putter, (founder of The New Normal), to address the systemic changes a mother goes through on a physiological, mental, emotional and social level, after birth. It is a talk that takes a nuanced and in-depth look at what life is REALLY like with an infant in those first few months postpartum.

We 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 her for her new role in the family dynamic.

While the content of this talk is very much geared towards the mother and to equipping her, we encourage partners to join as well so as to better understand what is going on, or will be once the baby has arrived, as they are often her first line of support.

We’ve partnered with Hatch SA , 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 care packs which we’d so appreciate if you could donate at the session on 3 June.

  • onesies, vests, leggings, warm top, socks, beanies (0-3 months)
  • fleecy blanket
  • soft small toy
  • nappies (size 1)
  • baby wipes
  • face cloth
  • cotton wool
  • aqueous cream
  • baby soap
  • sanitary pads

The facilitators

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 postpartum 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 postpartum 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.

If you’d like any more info please follow The New Normal and Carly’s Couch on Instagram and send a DM or get in touch with either of Genevieve or Carly on gen@genputter.com and info@onthecouchwithcarly.com respectively.

If you’d like to find out more about the Babygrow Clinic’s ante-natal curriculum and to book your spot for the consecutive workshops by Gayle and Conny then please contact them on conny@babygrowclinic.com or 021 465 0346

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