Blog > Introducing COPE: Centre of Perinatal Excellence

Becoming a parent can be both thrilling and terrifying at the same time. COPE provides women, men, families and health professionals with timely information and advice about the many, many challenges they may face along the journey through parenthood.

Working with and helping mums with PND and anxiety is something that sits close to my heart. I first met founder, Nicole Highet, about two years ago when she was still the deputy CEO of Beyond Blue. She was kind enough to give her time and contribute to my book “How to Love your Body as much as your Baby”.

Since then we have continued to work alongside and keep each other in the loop about our plans in the knowledge that the best way to work together would become clear over time. As Nicole gets ready for the official launch of COPE we will let you know in the coming months how we will be working together to help and enhance life as a mother.

Here Nicole tells us more about COPE:

Introducing COPE: Centre of Perinatal Excellence
Because no one ever tells you how hard it can be

On November 7 2014, COPE: Centre of Perinatal Excellence is formally being launched.

A major part of the reason for creating COPE is that so many people need information to inform their knowledge, understanding and expectations about becoming a parent and the emotional challenges that can lie ahead.

We know that having a baby involves lots of adjustments to all aspects of your life. Some of these adjustments we may have been aware of and prepared for, but often these changes are far from what we expected.

But with all of these expectations – reinforced by images on TV and in magazines, it can be hard to acknowledge and accept that this is not our experience. As a result too often mums are not talking about their struggles with motherhood, for fear of how they may be viewed or judged by family, friends or even health professionals.

As a result women and families are suffering alone, often feeling like they are the only ones who are not coping – which is not the case.

It is for this reason that COPE has been established.

COPE provides women, men, families and health professionals with timely information and advice about the many, many challenges that they may face along the journey to parenthood.

COPE’s extensive website is a ‘one stop shop’ of information for all aspiring, expectant and new parents. Drawing on the latest clinical practice guidelines and informed by the experiences of thousands of women, the COPE website provides a huge range of information, coping strategies and advice and support at each stage of the journey to parenthood.

Join us, and come on the journey to talk, share and understand the emotional highs and lows of becoming a parent.

For more information visit www.cope.org.au
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