What I know now - Katrina Myers

First and foremost - let me disclose. Katrina is one of my all time besties, part of my very own support crew, mother to my darling Goddaughter Daisy and one of the most driven people I have ever been blessed to meet.
Katrina is a mama of four, a farmer, a mental health advocate, an entrepreneur, an avid student and has a laugh on her and a heart in her that can change the world.
Q.
Katrina,  you’ve got four babies, a marriage, a faming enterprise, a million community commitments, a podcast and  you’re a champion of your rural community.  Go you. You didn’t quite have all four babies in a traditional hospital setting. Chester was born, on the side of a country road. He just couldn't wait to get to hospital could he. How did you recover from that?
A.
Well to be honest that was the easiest of all the births, it was super intense but super quick and I recovered very quickly. It was the most full on experience at the time but having had four births now, I would take that one over the others for sure, it was so raw and my body just completely took over. Amazing. 
Q.
You live on the farm your mum and dad built, what elements or experiences do you want to bring from your own childhood into your children’s childhood? 
A.
I guess just living the quiet life really, we have so much time at home on weekends just hanging out and doing farm stuff and it’s just really nice and simple a lot of the time. 
Q.
Having a newborn is all so new, so much unknown. Where did you turn to for support as a new mama?
A.
I rang my friends who had already had babies a lot and I was so lucky that one of my best friends is a midwife, and a very supportive beautiful friend who helped me so much. My Mum is not much in to babies or very maternal so I definitely had to turn to friends for support. I also read too many books and got on online forums. 
 
Q.
Have you got any tips for supporting mental wellness in the postpartum stage? What did you find to be helpful?
A.
To be honest for the first two I didn’t even know I could do anything for my mental wellness and I was winging it. I think I was really pretty anxious and stressed a lot of the time. It wasn’t until our third baby that I realised I was not doing so great and I needed to take action. I went to see my GP and started seeing someone who YOU actually recommended to me, Dr. Alleen!
She was awesome and then I set off going down the wellbeing rabbit hole. I now am like a junky for wellbeing, just give me anything, I love it.
I meditate twice a day and I exercise regularly, eat well, I have much better boundaries in place with what I need in friendships. 
I enjoyed our forth baby so much more and I think not only because it was the forth but also because, mentally I was in a much better place. I would definitely recommend meditating. You can even just do it while you are feeding if you can’t find any other time. For me, instead of jumping on Facebook I would meditate with Henry and it was great.
Also getting out of the house even just for a walk is so helpful. Carving out some time for you to do something just for you -even just for an hour - while your partner has the baby was also just so refreshing. 
Q.
What was the very best advice you received before you became a parent?
A.
Crikey, there was SOOOO much advice. The best advice I didn't get until after my first baby unfortunately and that was just to do what ever you want with them for the first six weeks as they don’t know they are in the world, really.
You can rock them to sleep you can feed them to sleep you can carry them all day, just what ever works.
I had read all these books that said you had to let them self settle from day one and don’t feed them to sleep etc etc and I remember being so stressed by this with Dais. Then once I knew to just be and let it flow with the others, it helped a lot in those early stages. 
Q.
What advice would you never give to a parent-to-be?
A.
I actually try not to give advice, I just try to say what ever works for you and share what I experienced. I don’t think advice is actually all that helpful as you get so much of it it just makes it more confusing. 
Q.
What was the best thing you packed in your hospital bag before the birth of the babies?
A.
Hand cream, lip balm and nice smelling body wash as the hospital stuff is pretty yucky.
Q.
If you were to have a fifth baby, what would be your non negotiable in hospital* 
*aside from of course, making it to the hospital in time. And aside from a Suite Set of course…
A.
The only thing you really need is maternity pads and lots of them. No one tells you how much blood you will lose or how much your boobs will leak -so breast pads as well. You will leak like you never thought possible! 
Follow Katrina at @katrina_myers_
Listen to her podcast with one of my other besties and her business partner  -search "the splendid word" where ever you get your podcast from.

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