Baby blues, loneliness, past experiences, and a strong feeling of incompetency almost interfered with my ability to bond with my first little one. I remember not wanting to kiss my first little one before he was taken away for his first major procedure. Giving one’s newborn a kiss should come naturally, but it did not. At that moment, I wanted to deny my innocent little one a kiss because I was hurting. I was emotionally unprepared for motherhood.
Subconsciously, my birth experience and past traumatic experiences were beginning to affect my ability to bond. I feared losing my little one just like I had lost my parents and grandparents. Consequently, emotional withdrawal was my coping mechanism. I wanted my little one alive, but I did not want to miss him if anything goes wrong. I loved him and desired the best for him, yet I was holding back. Education, emotional and spiritual support changed my situation.
While providing behavior therapy for children diagnosed with autism and other developmental disorders, I had deep conversations with parents about their challenges and journey. Parents suggested that postpartum depression, lack of knowledge and emotional support, late diagnosis, and being placed on a therapy waitlist were stressors and factors that adversely impacted their children’s development.
These interactions and my personal experience stirred up a passion for perinatal mental health and parent education. It was not difficult to combine this passion with my passion for infant and early childhood mental health.
I am on a mission to reduce the rate of maternal and infant mortality caused by PMADs and promote secure parent-child attachment. Every service provided by Little Ones is designed to fulfill this purpose.
Motherhood is a spiritual experience, Hence I founded Christian Mommas, a blog community where a community of mothers provide spiritual and emotional support to parents. As a content partner with YouVersion, the Bible App, I write devotionals and studies that provide spiritual and emotional support with a Biblical worldview. Inspired by my military service in the U.S. Army, my newly released book, A Christian Mothers Creed calls mothers to think like soldiers and fight passionately like mothers. Volunteering with Atlanta Doula Connect provides another avenue for me to further address maternal and infant health issues, locally.
I enjoy traveling, educating families, and spending time with my little family in Georgia.
My professional and academic background highlight my passion for perinatal, infant, and early childhood mental wellness.
I will be honored by the privilege to be a part of your perinatal journey or support you as you navigate the early years of parenting.