New mother? Soon-to-be mother?

Madagascar, Antananarivo, loving mother kissing 1 week old baby

This is for you.

Recently in the UK there was a bit of debate about births and what makes ‘a good birth’.

There is a campaign out to improve women’s experiences.

The campaigners said “surely in this day and age we can do better than ‘a good birth’ meaning ‘at least we both survived and are healthy’?”

We feel the same way about becoming a mother.

Yes, it happens every day, yes, it’s a ‘normal’ thing.

But becoming a parent for the first time is HUGE. It is LIFE CHANGING!

Mama holding newborn

And especially, being a first time mother looking after a newborn baby can be one of the most intense, bizarre, excruciating, exhausting, exhilarating, amazing, mind-boggling experiences of your life.

You might expect after the baby is born, for life to get a bit easier.

The baby’s OUT of your body now, right?

The birth’s over!

Phew! The hard work is over!

Well… no.


There is a reason they call it the fourth trimester.


Not only that but the cultural and societal expectations placed on mothers are hugely different from those placed on fathers. As women we have often internalised these, and this manifests in different ways to new fathers, e.g. ‘mommy guilt’, body shame, ‘doing it all’ pressures.

Close up of newborn on mama's shoulder

And for most new mothers, especially those who have given birth, the experience of looking after a newborn baby is very different physically, emotionally and mentally than the experience of being a new father and usually places different demands on the mother than the father.

It’s… well… pretty intense.

Being a first-time mama is an amazing experience.

The New Mama Welcome Pack supports first time mothers through the ‘fourth trimester’ through 3 months of video, audio, ebooks, art and written contributions from 60 women in 13 countries.

And the New Mama Welcome Pack blog hop is a celebration of this life changing event!

Follow the links below to discover more unmissable advice, stories and essential tips from 45 bloggers around the world.

And if you’re a new mama who wants to rock motherhood without guilt, overwhelm or losing yourself, check out the New Mama Welcome Pack here.

New Mama Welcome Pack / Lotte Lane / Dreaming Aloud / Birthing in Conscious Choice / Natalie Garay / Knecht Ruprecht / Lise Meijer / Naomi Goodlet / A Lifestyle By Design / Story of Mum / Like a Bird / Holistic Mama / Birth Geek / Joyful Parenting / Stroller Packing / My Healthy Beginning / Mums and More / Kate Beddow – Growing Spirits / Ellen Nightingale / Stacie Whitney / Maternity Leavers / Photography for Busy Parents / Close Enough To Kiss / Atelier Susana Tavares / Offbeat Family / Katie m. Berggren ~ Painting Motherhood / Winship Wellness Blog / Liberate From Weight / Jessica Cary / Raising Playful Tots / Peaceful Mothering / Play Activities / Lauren Nenna / The Adventure Mama / Be Wise Be Healthy / Doula in Your Pocket / Making Mom Strong / Adrienn Csoknyay / Joyful Parents / Simple Solutions for Photos / Lynne Newman / Mumpreneur Mentor / A Walk in the Clouds / Parenting on the Fence / MiaMily

The New Mama Welcome Pack is not responsible for the content on the blogs taking part in the blog hop.