You think one thing one day and then get new information the next and don't know which source is right and which you should believe. Should you eat the damn ham or not?
You are bombarded by pregnancy advice from the stories you listen to, your IG feed, your mother and dear aunt Jean and all you want is for everyone to just shush.
You spend so much time running around the Internet, googling every little symptom to make sure everything is ok and the worry of it all really has mucked with your calm.
Right now, you are desperately wanting everything to go right with your pregnancy.
You want to make sure you are eating right, exercising right & taking the right prenatal supplement.
You want to know what Every. Single. Symptom means.
You are listening to all the stories and your self-confidence is taking a pounding.
You are so confused by how people have described things like “what baby movements feel like”.
You want to translate what your doctor or midwife told you at your last visit into something you understand.
You just want to know if what you are feeling is normal.
We get you.
There is a LOT of noise.
BUT we have to say STOP focussing on the stuff that is ultimately NOT going to mean that much and START concentrating on the staff that really matters.
Now you are not alone if you don’t know which stuff REALLY matters.
We do, that’s our job.
The GrowMyBaby method shadows you through whatever stage of pregnancy you are at and helps you KNOW what is important and what you can do to help improve your outcomes.
EVEN IF you have been struggling to nut this all out on your own
EVEN IF you feel like your pregnancy is different
EVEN IF you have done all the courses
More Calm. More Confidence. Increased Happiness
…and an expert on tap
Here's a few examples
Becki knew exactly what to expect of her gestational diabetes test, when to have it and what her results meant and what her next steps were.
Teymara prepared her birth plan by knowing all the tools she wanted to try to help her manage pain during her labour – the risks, benefits, when to ask for help and how each option would make her feel.
Rachel knew exactly what to do next when she experienced the terrifying moment of an early trimester bleed.
Sarah felt she could confidently ask questions of her obstetrician when it was suggested she have an induction.
ALRIGHT, let's get something off our chest.
Just because you can get access to information to anything you type into the Google bar doesn’t mean you are INFORMED about your pregnancy. Trying to figure it out on your own is NOT a strategy.
Our members are getting step-by-step information to get them to a place of CALM.
(...and this happened because they chose to join us and get a reliable source of information.)
Straight away you will start to feel more supported and calmer.
And more importantly you’ll be starting to feel that EXCITEMENT again that you felt when you first found out you were pregnant.
Before STRESS and WORRY ruled your days.
Imagine if mostly in your pregnancy you found yourself…
…smiling when you rub your belly as you CONNECT in with your baby
…feeling hugely CLEVER and proud of yourself for growing a baby.
…breathing with CONFIDENCE when you think about becoming a mother, a family
…feeling a deep sense of CALM even when plans change
The GrowMyBaby program is an all-in-one approach. Using the MAMA method you will learn:
How to make CLEVER plans that are well thought out, flexible and practical.
How to have the CONFIDENCE to ask the right questions and advocate for yourself
How to be CALM when you need to assess new situations
How to CONNECT with the right help at the right time
Those who are having their first baby and everything is brand new.
Anyone who felt blindsided in their first pregnancy and want to feel more prepared this time around.
Those who have had a BIG journey to get pregnant and need expert reassurance
Parents-to-be who already have an obstetrician or midwife and want confirmation of their plan
Anyone who is booked through public hospital and want access to more timely information
Those who have limited access to healthcare because they live remotely
Have a constant source of EXPERT information to show you the exact steps to take during your pregnancy.
Keep trying to figure it out on your own and spending your time running around the Internet and going down the all the rabbit holes.
Checklists to take to your healthcare provider to help you to ask all the questions
Understand the milestones which trigger suggestions of intervention and know the questions to ask to help you make decisions.
Identify the pivotal milestones in your pregnancy that need assessment by your healthcare provider
Understand the ‘why’ and ‘what’ of ALL the tests you need and when you need them
No more feeling blindsided. Know what to expect along the course of your entire pregnancy. What appointments to make, what tests to have and why and what to ask your health care providers to get the MOST out of every appointment.
Learn what to expect when you have your ultrasounds, blood glucose test, fetal monitoring, antenatal visits, growth scans.
Understand the decisions you need to make for you and your newborn during and after birth
Find out what is proven to help optimise your health and your baby's health during pregnancy and beyond
Learn the stages of labour and birth and what you can do at each new phase during the birth of your baby - such as active birth positions and pain management techniques.
This is the opposite of "I will just Google it". This module is 18+ bundles of expert content that is based on real life medical experience and rigorous medical data.
Learn techniques to bring calm into your day - even when your pregnancy may look different to others, even when there are twists and turns.
Listen to how to build a positive mindset for labour and birth.
Learn the common fears everyone has about labour and birth as we unpack them and workshop them with you.
Know when you need help from a professional like a psychologist or psychiatrist and how to find the help.
Move from overwhelm to calm. Everyday in your pregnancy, (then in your parenting), there is a new challenge. Learn the common challenges everyone has in their pregnancy and get the tools to integrate into your day, just like daily physical exercise, a daily mindset practice to help you feel a sense of peace.
Get guidance about your newborn decisions like cord blood & vaccinations and the first few days after baby is born
Have the tools for sleep and feeding your newborn to help put you on the road to parenting
Get a plan for your exercise and how your activity changes during your pregnancy and postpartum phase.
Get a guide for your partner that is based on real action they can do during your labour and birth
Stop 'doing it all' until you know it's the RIGHT action. This is the opposite of rabbit holes. Learn the ESSENTIAL aspects of growing a baby that really matter from experts that are working with pregnant women EVERYDAY - Obstetrician, Physiotherapist, Anaesthetist, Psychologist, Dietician, Sleep consultant, lactation consultant.
An insider talk with Anaesthetist, Dr Craig Mitchell about epidurals and spinal blocks. Their pros and cons, the questions to ask, what to expect if you choose pain relief.
This is an adaptable plan that isn't just about dimming lights. It is a tool that is based on real life medical experience that will help you in your decision making during birth.
Information from Dr. Pat and Brigid, information from other experts they trust, and witness to the questions, worries, and joys of fellow lovely pregnant women who also appreciate reliable, balanced information. I feel empowered with information, information I never would have known to ask about, information my medical provider doesn't provide by default (and is even difficult to get if I do ask - I've tried!). I am very grateful for the Grow My Baby program!
Finding reliable and evidence based information like this that is easy to access is priceless! Thank you so much for being at the forefront of delivering pregnancy information like no one else!
I love all the information and how pragmatic Pat and Brigid are.
It really helps me keep on top of all the worries which pop up and get back to enjoying my pregnancy."
In helping 4000+ women have their babies I know there are elements during the process that are crucial to how you feel about the outcome.
I have seen women with a ‘text book’ pregnancy and birth feel disappointed.
I have seen women with a scary ‘lights and sirens’ emergency feel calm.
What’s the difference?
Good information + confidence + open mindset
But it took me a little while to understand this. You know the saying that if you have a hammer everything looks like a nail?
Well when you are a doctor sometimes everything looks like a problem only YOU can fix.
Brigid and I have four beautiful boys and it took me the complexity of parenting, to understand that lots of the anxieties and worries could be eased by EDUCATION.
As a husband and a father, I became a better doctor.
By far, my greatest joy is being mama. But it hasn't always been this way.
My first pregnancy, in my first marriage before I met Dr Pat, I really thought I knew enough and I felt I had done EVERYTHING to be prepared. I read the books, I listened to the 'shoulds', I listened to the stories, I did my yoga.
Yet I was one of the many who felt 'blindsided' and 'overwhelmed' after my first son's birth. It turns out the information I researched, the rabbit holes I went down, was not the information I needed to help me make informed decisions.
It left me in 'blame'. I felt I had failed at birth so how could I be a good mother?
9 years later, married now to Dr Pat, my third boy's pregnancy and birth was so different. I felt calm and confident. Dr Pat was definitely down the hand holding end and was not my official obstetrician BUT I could ask him anything during my pregnancy. I could sort the myth from fact, what was opinion and what really mattered.
It took information from an experienced expert to help me enjoy being mama.
We know there's SO much information available. That's the problem.
Much of it is opinion.
Much of it from providers who haven't been in the room.
Who haven't caught a baby, who haven't had to talk with a woman when there's a big decision to be made, who aren't regulated.
We are all those things. We work in the space of pregnancy healthcare for women EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
Yes, if you are a pregnant then we are confident that you will be happy with the course material. What we can’t give information on is the medical systems in countries other than Australia. Well not yet. If you think the course is for you but you live in America for example, you will have to adapt it to your country until we do a field trip!
We are there for you. Mamas in the community are beautifully supportive too. A big problem we hear from mamas who miscarry is that they feel alone. We are like your ‘secret’ support if this happens to you. You still have access to the course, you can stay in the community and you will also be invited into the pre-pregnancy module.
A BIG YES. You are getting to the pointy end right? Everything you need to know about preparing for labour – you and your support person, how labour starts, what to expect at every stage of labour, what happens if you need help in your labour, recovery, decisions for your newborn, mindset, feeding your baby, writing the best birth plan +MORE …So. Much. Value.
If you are pregnant RIGHT NOW. It doesn’t matter where you are in your pregnancy, once you join you can select the bundle you want to start on. This is yours to keep as long as we keep the program open so you can re-visit for your next baby as well.
If you are not pregnant yet but are trying then come and join getting pregnant program.
Firstly, thank you. We love putting The Kick together and we know tonnes of women are REALLY helped through listening to it. The GrowMyBaby program is very different. It is an outcome based, step by step program that covers EVERYTHING you need to know during your pregnancy, labour, birth, recovery after birth and caring for your baby in the first 6 weeks.
Hmmm. Yes and No. Yes you could get by with googling or asking your friends, maybe following your favourite IG account but you know what? This ends up with a lot of 'opinion' This program is about taking you step by step through the key milestones of your pregnancy, giving you lots of the RIGHT information. When you know better, you go better.
All the ESSENTIALS that is based on expert information from an Obstetrician and other experts with real life EVERY day medical experience.
Expert answers to the questions that are keeping you up at night.
What questions to ask your healthcare provider to get the most out of each appointment.
A resource that's accessible for you and your partner so you can learn together.
Checklists and plans to help you make informed decisions.
Pregnancy and birth IS unpredictable. Sometimes you will be out of control. Occasionally you will feel overwhelmed.
Our members know growing a baby and becoming mama is a dance, not a fight. They feel supported and grateful to be on the 'inside'.
We invite you to join us.