The Mama Base story

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Mama Base is committed to strengthening relationships between family members and amongst community. Mama Base is committed to forming a safe base for parents to seek support, facilitating joyful and confident parenting during the perinatal period.
Mama Base supports people from the time they are planning for conception right through to postpartum and into parenthood.
“It takes a village to raise a child” – traditional African proverb
New parents used to be surrounded by a village community of experienced parents and elders to help them transition to parenthood, to support and teach them to raise a child. To nurture and hold them as they experience the complex changes, gains and demands that come along with motherhood, and fatherhood.
Our village has never been more necessary than it is today. For many of us, the first time we hold a baby it is our own. The exposure to childrearing by others and the generational wisdom and experience within the community has been lost. Along with the often unhelpful celebration of independence and autonomy, leaving parents feeling isolated and unable to reach out for help.
You don’t have to go it alone.
Support and guidance are here. Whether you are facing infertility, perinatal loss, antenatal depression, PND, antenatal or postnatal anxiety, difficulties feeling bonded with your baby, depletion or challenging child behaviour, Mama Base will help you through. Parents who seek help for their own mental health and well being, are better able to support and nurture their baby.


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Rachel Bridge

Perinatal, Child & Family Psychologist

Rachel is a Perinatal, Child & Family Psychologist who has been passionately working with children and their families for ten plus years. Rachel is a Mama of three and describes herself as a person who loves to love and values strong, honest and authentic connections with others.

Through Rachels work of sharing in the journey of parents, as well as her experiences as a mother, she has become deeply passionate about working to improve parental well being whilst fostering infant and child development.

Rachel is currently in supporting families therapeutically in her private practice; working collaboratively with local community organizations to provide holistic and evidence based support to families, is the resident psychologist for Calm Birth Australia, a free-lance writer and the author of soon to be published, children’s therapeutic picture book, ‘The Puzzle Of Us’.

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