Based in Sydney, Mum Friday services the north shore and northern beaches on a face-to-face basis. If you live outside these areas, I offer comprehensive distance-support via the New Mum Survival Kit, as well as phone and email consults.
Mum Friday offers a variety of services, recognizing that no two mums and their needs are the same. You can see details regarding consultations and fees here.
Mum Friday prioritises the mental health and wellbeing of all mums. I know that some mums feel unable to talk openly with their loved ones, and find it difficult to talk about the parts of motherhood they find hard. I can help you by providing emotional support, general coping strategies and information on other services that can help if necessary. I am trained in perinatal mental health, meaning I understand the emotional issues mums face before and after they’ve had their babies, and the risk factors for perinatal depression and anxiety.
“After my second baby, I was overwhelmed and felt out of control. Karina was great to talk to and gave me plenty of coping strategies that helped me get back on track. She was reassuring and made me feel sane.” Ali
Breastfeeding can be an easy journey for some mums, and for others it can be fraught with difficulty – not to mention the stress that goes with it. Let me guide you through the breastfeeding basics and help you troubleshoot any issues you’re having. The majority of breastfeeding issues can be resolved, but getting the right support is crucial.
Often, there is so much focus on the pregnancy and birth that the first weeks at home with a new baby can be daunting. Mum Friday can help you build your confidence by spending time with you and your new baby in those early weeks, assisting with general baby care such as bathing and settling, as well as heading out to appointments.
“Karina went above and beyond to make sure that I was coping and gave me the confidence to try new settling techniques. She also set realistic goals and gave me confidence in my abilities as a first time mum.” Nicole
Settling and Sleeping
Babies change a lot during their first year. Mum Friday can offer suggestions for gentle routines that help both you and your baby, without the pressure and rigidity that so many can bring.
Looking after newborn twins can be an intense and overwhelming experience. I can offer strategies for feeding and settling two babies, as well as suggestions for day-to-day coping with multiples.
Everyone is impacted when a new baby arrives, and their needs shouldn’t be overlooked. Often there is so much focus on mum and the new baby that Dads don’t get a look in. Mum Friday can offer support and information to you and your partner to help you both cope and support each other during this intense time.
Other children in the family
Toddlers can exhibit some challenging behaviour, particularly when a new baby arrives. Helping your child transition to being an older sibling can be difficult, especially when you are trying to care for a new baby. Mum Friday can assist you to cope with your changing toddler by offering information and guidance, as well the chance to spend time with your older children by taking care of your baby.