Rebecca Black

Children: 1

Industry: Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals

How would you best describe yourself?

My name is Bec. I’m a mother to a beautiful 18-month-old baby girl, Stevie. I’m a Psychologist and a HypnoBirthing Practitioner. After having an amazing birth experiencing using HypnoBirthing, I decided that I wanted to share this amazing approach to birth with other women. As a mum, I know how hard it is to transition from the role of professional woman to stay at home mum, and then all of the challenges that arise when being a mum. It is truly a rollercoaster, and I want to support other women going through this journey.

How has becoming a parent changed your perception of work and career and what surprised you the most?

After studying for six years to become a psychologist, my career is extremely important to me and I was apprehensive about how I would transition in to the role mum. Although I have been working in some capacity basically since Stevie was born… it has only been the last month or so where I have had a routine that involved actually leaving the house to go to work. And for me, it’s not just ‘work’… it is something that I genuinely love to do. My business and the work I do brings me so much joy, satisfaction and a sense of achievement. I feel like a have a purpose and am making a difference. Although I get these feelings from motherhood, it is a different kind of feeling when it is work-related. And now that I actually go to work, the time I get to spend with Stevie I appreciate and adore that much more. I am completely infatuated with her, in awe of her, in reverence of every move she makes, every new milestone, and seeing her cheeky personality shine through. Being back at work has made me a better mum, a better version of myself, and I finally feel like me again.

What advice would you give your younger self about starting a family?

My advice would be, there is never a "right" time to start a family. And although it is going to completely change your world... it is the most meaningful adventure you will go on. I would also say that you can 100% do it all. Believe in yourself and chase your dreams... you can be an amazing mum AND follow your career, kicking goals in every area of your life. It is possible. You are stronger than you know.

What has been your biggest challenge so far across the stages of pregnancy / leave / returning to work?  How have you overcome this?

My biggest challenge has been trying to be superwoman and do too much. Taking on too many roles, jobs, projects...

I think that you need to learn to slow down, take a breath and enjoy the moment. It's cliche, but my beautiful girl is growing up so fast and I don't want to be too busy to miss out on being a mum. It is great to chase your dreams AND be a mum, but you need to find a balance... and take time out for you as well. I think I am still learning to get this balance. It is also important to learn how to say 'no' to things that don't align with you're values and goals.

What strategies / initiatives do you use to help you manage the juggle of being a Working Mumma and family?

Well having an amazing network of support is really helpful. I have a fantastic husband, who stays at home with Stevie regularly while I work, and I also have an amazing sister, mum and mother-in-law.

I find it really helpful to be organised and have a clear plan for my week. This allows me to structure my days and put aside time for work, and time for my family. I also play netball, which is an amazing outlet for me... it helps me unwind and de-stress, I think it is so important to have something just for me.

Check out Rebecca's business - The Mindful Birth Movement