Matrescence: Birth of a Mother

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The process of becoming a mother, coined by Dana Raphael, Ph.D. (1973), is a developmental passage where a woman transitions through pre-conception, pregnancy and birth, surrogacy or adoption, to the postnatal period and beyond. The exact length of matrescence is individual, recurs with each child, and may arguably last a lifetime! The scope of the changes encompass multiple domains –bio-psycho-social-political-spiritual– and can be likened to the developmental push of adolescence. Increased attention to mothers has spurred new findings, from neuroscience to economics, and supports the rationale for a new field of study known as matrescence. Such an arena would allow the roundtable of specialists to come together and advance our understanding of this life passage.

– Aurélie Athan, Ph.D.

I offer coaching and support along the spectrum of motherhood, including fertility and conception (physioloigic and assisted), pregnancy and postpartum, adoption and surrogacy as well as abortion, pregnancy, and infant loss.

In addiiton to facilitating an informed and satisfying birth outcome, I am committed to cultivating a strong sense of agency, identity, connection, creativity, intimacy, community, and financial security on the path to motherhood.

Private sessions

Private clients meet once or twice a month for four to twelve months, with expectants meeting weekly from 36 weeks until they give birth. During the postpartum stage, we’ll continue to meet once or twice a month.

Group sessions meet once a month for 12 months. On-call labor support is not included but can be purchased separately.

Sessions are tailored to client preferences and can include:

  • journaling and creative expression
  • body literacy / menstrual cycle awareness education
  • therapeutic massage for you and your partner (private clients)
  • fertility and menstrual health care
  • breathwork and pleasureable movement
  • sex and intimacy coaching
  • PCOS and period repair
  • health and fitness coaching
  • meal prep
  • preparing your body and life for conception, pregnancy, and postpartum
  • nonmedical emotional and physical support
  • pregnancy and infant loss support (abortion, miscarriage, stillbirth)
  • cultivating a spiritual and/or personal development practice
  • learning comfort measures for pregnancy, labor, and postpartum
  • building your medical and nonmedical support team
  • establishing systems and support for household management, childcare, and the transition to and from maternity leave
  • resources and strategies to increase income in preparation for conception,  pregnancy, postpartum, and parenting
  • support between sessions (email, text)
  • sessions with guest speakers when available
  • on-call labor support for private clients from week 36 on

To get started, click here to book a complimentary call where we can get to know each other and find out if we’re a good fit.

If you’d like to join the group membership, click here.