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Understanding Matrescence

  APRIL 2024

As you begin the life-transforming journey of becoming a mother, you might find comfort in understanding a concept known as “matrescence.” Coined by anthropologist Dana Raphael in the 1970s, matrescence describes the profound transition into motherhood, similar to adolescence with its tumultuous changes. It encapsulates the extensive physical, emotional, psychological, and social adjustments you’ll encounter as you welcome a new life. Although only recently gaining wider recognition and appreciation, this concept provides valuable insights into the complexity and depth of motherhood.

Your body during pregnancy and the postpartum period undergoes extraordinary transformations, preparing to nurture and sustain your baby. These changes, coupled with hormonal shifts, help cultivate a deep, emotional bond filled with love and affection between you and your child.

Emotionally and psychologically, matrescence is a time of immense growth and self-discovery. You might navigate a spectrum of feelings, from overwhelming joy and love to introspection and self-questioning. These intense emotions not only enrich your experience but also deepen your connection with your newborn, cultivating resilience and unveiling your remarkable capabilities.

This transformative period also marks a significant shift in identity and self-perception as you embrace your new role. This reshaping of your sense of self, priorities, and goals is not just a change, but a journey of rediscovery. It’s a time to balance the demands of caregiving with your individual dreams and aspirations.

Socially, you may notice a shift in your relationships and how you engage with your community. Many mothers find strength and understanding among other mothers, forming connections and exchanging insights that build a supportive network. This community can become an important source of encouragement, reminding you of your connection to a broader, nurturing collective.

Recognizing the complexities of this journey prepares you to embrace motherhood more confidently and joyfully, helping you to make informed, compassionate healthcare and lifestyle choices for both you and your baby. These choices not only enhance your well-being but also set a foundation for your child’s health and happiness.

As you continue on this path, your choices have the potential to shape societal attitudes and contribute to the creation of policies that truly address the needs of mothers and families. You are part of a profound experience that connects you with women everywhere, each navigating her own unique yet universally resonant journey into motherhood. By taking care of yourself and making conscious decisions, you help build a legacy of health, empowerment, and support for all mothers...


interpersonal hypnotherapist


As a certified birth and postpartum doula, lactation counselor, and hypnotherapist, I specialize in using Hypnotherapy to enhance the childbirth experience. I offer both in-person and virtual sessions to guide you in connecting with a deep inner state of calm and ease during labor, no matter where you are. My sessions in Soul Connections and Clinical Hypnotherapy are designed to release fear and tension, nurturing a profound, meaningful connection with your baby. With my expertise in Transpersonal Hypnotherapy and Soul Integration, I help you connect with your inner wisdom, empowering you to become a mindful, present, and spiritually aware parent. My holistic approach supports you in cultivating trust and confidence throughout your pregnancy, birth, and beyond.


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