Online support for pregnant parents in Covid-19
The global coronavirus pandemic has changed the world around us, and things previously considered as ‘normal’ are now limited or forbidden by the lockdown and government restrictions.
To make things worse, it seems that pregnant parents have almost been forgotten in government lockdown strategies. As if the prevailing situation wasn’t difficult enough, now parents have to worry about new factors and a limited amount of legislative support to protect their basic human rights.
However, it is not all doom and gloom. The coronavirus has strengthened communities like never seen before, and thanks to the internet the restrictions seem a little less daunting. The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the power of ‘people-hood’ and the resilience of our communities.
This is exactly why I have summarised a few of my online services that are aimed to support, strengthen, and empower pregnant parents through this very difficult time.
Online Yoga and Pilates
In this blog, I have summarised the prenatal and postnatal benefits of yoga during pregnancy. Pilates and Yoga are highly valuable practices that can help expecting parents with:
Reduced stress and anxiety
Increase strength, flexibility and endurance
Decrease lower back pain, nausea, headaches, and shortness of breath
Meet other parents
Connect with baby
Now with the power of the internet, we can practice yoga from anywhere in the world or in the comfort of your own home. There’s no need to worry about travelling to a complex or leisure centre, or being restricted to practitioners in your postcode. You can experience online yoga with your favourite instructor without even leaving your home! Fabulous right?
Virtual Doula support
Understandably, the virtual doula cannot perform the exact same support they once could. However, as doula and birth worker Erukah Badu says as doula’s “we’re taught what’s gonna happen but the main thing I want is for people’s spirits to be at peace’.
The spiritual connection between doula and parent will prevail despite the restrictions; and I am committed to continuing my doula support despite the global pandemic.
As a virtual doula, I am here to offer you advice, support and guidance throughout this very difficult time.
I also host an online Active Birth Workshop that can help parents make better, conscious and informed decisions during pregnancy.
As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy, and experienced counsellor. I also provide person-centred counselling available on Psychology Today.
In this service, I specialise in providing counselled support to parents who may experience post-traumatic stress after a difficult pregnancy and birth. Nevertheless, with online counselling, I can also provide guidance and support to help ease parents minds and support them in their recovery post birth.