The Birth of Resilient Mamas
Rachel was always good a keeping up the appearances of being positive, acting as if she alwasy had things under control. As a therapist she was scared of letting people know that she had her own struggles, wanting to show picture perfect mental health. Once she became a mom she realized keeping up those appearances was not only difficult but also were a detriment for her personal growth. Thus began a journey of embracing the vulnerabilities of life and motherhood and diving into maternal mental health.
As she dove into maternal mental health she couldn’t help but see moms struggle with being themselves. Mothers making excuses for the decisions they were making. Mothers sharing the guilt they were having over feeding choices, medical decisions, Rachel found the current mommy culture rife with shame tactics over every parenting decision. And it hit her, we are making parenting more about what we do and less about who we are. And most importantly, more about the decisions we make and less about the relationship we have with our children.
After blogging, starting a support group, and going back to work as a maternal mental health therapist Rachel started Resilient Mamas to fight back against parent shame culture, mental health stigma, and the lack of empathy and understanding for one another in the parent community.
Resilient Mamas give moms a place to be real, authentic, and vulnerable. The Resilient Mamas Community offeres the following
– A weekly blog with inspiration from other Resilient Mamas and an opportunity to share your own story
-A Facebook support group with weekly exercises and opportunites to real, vulnerable, and authentic while increasing insights for personal growth.
-An in person Resilient Mamas Perinatal Support Group in Lakewood, Ohio at Circle of Life Birth Services.
Rachel is a partner to a wonderful man, a mother of two amazing children, and still has moments where she isn’t exactly grateful for it all. Rachel tries her best to ride the waves of anxiety, frustration, anger, resentment, and sadness that come with everyday motherhood so we can fully experience all the joy, happiness, and excitement too. Rachel is a social worker, maternal mental health advocate and therapist, and is an advocate for Congential Heart Disease as she is a mother to a heart warrior goddess. Rachel is a lover of coffee & tea, books, elephants, the outdoors, Jane Austen, and good old fashioned life chats over a pint.