Hi, I’m Tracey, mum to one, step-mum to 3, wife, sister, daughter and aunt. By profession, I'm an Early Years Practitioner and Montessori Teacher.
I’m pretty much all about those early years of life and the importance of attachment to others and the environment. For me, the more holistic and organic we can be in our approach to motherhood and raising our children, the more balanced we feel as individuals.
Before having my son, Roni, I was carefree, living in Mallorca working as a Nanny. Becoming a mum shifted my priorities from getting the most out of life for myself to getting it right for him.
The transition from just me, to me and my baby was more difficult than I had anticipated. I had read the baby books and I had some experience with my Nannying role, but I still found myself trying to 'fit in' to my new responsibility emotional unprepared.
Roni was delivered by C-section. I had so wanted to have a natural birth. But he was delivered healthy, with all fingers and toes, I was blessed.
All mothers will have their own unique birth story. As a women, I believed that I would automatically fall into motherhood, instinctively knowing what to do. And for the most part I did; we do. But becoming a mother is a change in who you are and that I had not prepared for.
I found my reassurance and guidance came from others mums who were also going through the same new life phase. Those mum’s are still my best friends today – 15 years on.
This is where I recognise the significance of 6WeekSocial and the work of Rebecca and the specialists.
6WeeKSocial was started as a social support group for new mums, to help them build connections with other new mums and to feel empowered with the knowledge and advise shared by session experts. Giving confidence in knowing that even when the days seem long and the nights lonely - you're not alone!
Rebecca Rees - Founder of 6WeekSocial
Rebecca founded 6WeekSocial after the birth of her first child. Being new to the Herford area, she didn’t know anyone and had no idea what was ahead of her as she started on the path as a new mum.
Rebecca says – “Thrown in at the deep end after needing a C-section (Elliott was breech), I really struggled trying to feed my baby and get him to put weight on. I felt like I really didn’t get to enjoy my new baby and was just wishing that time away. I had put far too much pressure on myself, as well as feeling the weight of judgment from so many around me. I wasn’t sure where to turn for the right information and I didn’t have a group of other mums around me to help make life that little bit easier”.
Rebecca started a group to cater for mums and babies across East and North Hertfordshire that found themselves in a similar position to herself facing the same experiences in those early postnatal months – 6WeekSocial was born!
She created 6WeekSocial for mums to feel empowered, supported and to know that they’re not alone - when the days seem long and the nights feel lonely as you get up for those feeds, the 6WeekSocial community is there to support you.
6WeekSocial continued to grow from the very first group back in 2011. Rebecca’s joy and passion for 6WeekSocial was evident in her love of putting on meet-ups for pregnant new mums with some of her proudest moments being witness to new friendships bloom between new mums from being on the 6WeekSocial course.