Motivating Mums & Their Community to Smash the Silence Around Maternal Mental Health
Hi my name is Stefanie Poole. I’m a Coach, Counsellor, Emerging Doula, Educator and Influencer. I work with Mums, their families and the community to smash the silence around maternal mental health.
Caring for your emotional wellbeing before, during and after birth is so important. In our society, we seem to equate mental health with mental illness. In reality, not everyone experiences mental illness but we all have mental health. Our mental health is something that can fluctuate depending on many factors. Therefore, we need to take preventative measures to nourish and maintain it. Prioritising your mental health is not selfish it's a necessity for yourself, your baby, your family and the community. It’s time we give mother’s permission to nurture their mental health and put themselves first.
About me I am Australian residing, American born, energetic, creative and multi passionate. I am inspired by encouraging women and their families to cultivate positive mental health during pregnancy, birth and beyond. I am motivated by social justice, education, self-empowerment and a burning desire to reduce the global incidence of perinatal mental health issues and the maternal mortality suicide rate. This is not just my job, this is my purpose and passion. I believe knowledge is power. By increasing maternal mental health education and awareness, mothers and their families will feel supported and prepared physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually as they enter this transformative time in their lives. What Nourishes Me (Outside of My Work)? When I’m not helping women and families in birth and postpartum, you can find me in nature, sipping a mocha or chai tea, rockin’ out to my favourite tunes and spending time with my son, family and friends.
I love all things mental health and social justice. I am constantly disrupting the status quo and challenging myself and those around me to find their passion, lean into vulnerability and honour their true authentic self. While I strive to cultivate happiness and joy, I am aware that life also has its shadows. I feel quite confident holding space for the darkness while also holding hope for the light.
I am the proud mum to my beautiful inquisitive boy who keeps me on my toes, always learning and remembering how to be a “kid at heart.”
Thank you for visiting. I look forward to working with you and your family to cultivate a positive experience mentally, emotionally and spiritually as you transition into motherhood.
"I attended this afterglow workshop with my daughter. I was really looking forward to this session as I was needing help and advice and to learn more about pre and postnatal depression. Stefanie was absolutely amazing. She covered all the steps from warning signs, advice, where to seek help, networks, family and friend help. Reassurance. Structure. It was everything and more that I'd been searching for and Stefanie had all the info to share. We left with a fantastic booklet made up by Stefanie with every resource and contact we would need. I can't thank you enough Stefanie. If anybody is feeling down, needs advice, where to go what to do I highly recommend you attend any of Afterglow workshops. We will definitely be going to more. Great work Stefanie . We really need you in our community. Thank you" xx Amber ----------------
"I think Project Afterglow's services are excellent and so needed in our society where we no longer have a large village of support post baby." Rachel