Helping Mamas Master Calm & Connection From Pregnancy Through PreSchool

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Lynn and her daughter at the beach

MY APPROACH

First, I listen.

Where are you on your journey, what type of support do you need most and how best can I provide that for you?

Then I teach you to do the same.

If you're preparing for labor and birth, I encourage you to listen to your inner voice, listen to your body and trust in both. I encourage you to imagine yourself giving birth with confidence.

If you are trying your best to be a loving and nurturing Mama (but aren't quite where you want to be), I remind you to listen to your inner voice and trust your instincts. I encourage you to visualize a family dynamic where your child listens the first time and tantrums are extinct.

Then I teach you to listen to your little one....  

Where are they on their journey, what type of support do they need most and how best can you provide that for them?  

From the Mamas I've Supported

~ Nicole, Mother of Two ~

"I can't say enough about how fantastic Lynn is - we learned SO much in her childbirth class. I ended up having a fairly difficult labor and delivery. Having information on what was happening and how to stay calm and manage pain was absolutely essential to both my husband and myself. We were able to go into it feeling not only completely prepared but also cared for. 

As far as her parenting support, I could not recommend anyone more. I absolutely love being part of the “Happy Mama Wellness” community and have learned so much from Lynn in my parenting journey. The tools she has given me to help me stay calm and understand the way my child learns and functions has truly changed the way that I parent. She is always accessible and willing to answer questions and I love that there are weekly checkins to help work through challenges.

The things that we have learned from Lynn have helped our household become a much more peaceful place. " 

How Can I Support You Mama?

The Happy Mama Wellness Blog is a great place to find free information and resources on pregnancy, birth, postpartum and parenting.

The Happy Mama Village is a safe, judgement-free community where you can get peer support from other Mamas as well as more in-depth tools, strategies and support from me.

Childbirth preparation classes and 12-week private coaching sessions are available for those ready to dive in, feel empowered and create big changes. This is where the true mastery of calm and connection takes place. 

A Little Bit About Me 

My name is Lynn Turcotte-Schuh. I'm a Certified Childbirth Educator and Parenting Coach. I help expectant Mamas prepare for labor, birth and postpartum through classes, mentorship and coaching. The Mamas in the trenches get actionable strategies to help them connect with their children and respond with intention rather than reacting with emotion. 

Since the birth of my daughter in 2013, I have been helping Mamas blossom into engaged, nurturing parents that yell less and connect more...bringing peace and joy into their family. If that puts a fire in your belly, you're in the right place!  

When I'm not working with other Mamas, I love spending time with my wife and daughter out in the garden, in the woods or by the ocean. You may find crochet needles, Harry Potter books and a 90's Hip Hop/Will Evans Music playlist in our adventure bag...

You can get all the details (experience, credentials, background, etc) about me on My Story page.  

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“Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers — strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.” —Barbara Katz Rothman

Congratulations on the upcoming arrival of your little one! I know this is a time of nervous excitement as you wait to meet your baby but feel anxious about all of the unknowns before you get there. This FREE Guide will help calm your nerves and get you feeling prepared and empowered for labor and birth. You've got this Mama!!

Here's a list of blog posts to get you started:

Birth Stories From the Families I have Supported...

"I don't care if you have an unmedicated vaginal birth or a planned cesarean. What I care about is that you know you have options and you choose the ones that are right for YOU." ~Lynn Turcotte-Schuh~

Don't forget to download your FREE PDF: Guide to A Fearless Birth

“Motherhood is a choice you make everyday, to put someone else's happiness and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you're not sure what the right thing is...and to forgive yourself, over and over again, for doing everything wrong.” ― Donna Ball

Your patience is wearing thin, your to-do list never ends and this little human makes you feel like the luckiest person on the planet and the most exhausted person on the planet at the same time. Don't worry Mama, you've got this...and I've got you!!

Resources

Here's a list of blog posts to get you started:

An Opportunity to Work With Me One-on-One

The Three Main Parenting Styles: Permissive, Authoritarian & Authoritative

THE PERMISSIVE PARENT - "Whatever You Want" - you are loving, nurturing and responsive to your child's needs...but overly so. You tend to be indulgent and avoid confrontation.  

THE AUTHORITARIAN PARENT - "Because I Said So" - On the flip side, you focus on rules, structure and boundaries...but again, overly so. You tend to be restrictive and discipline-heavy with no emotional ties.  

THE AUTHORITATIVE PARENT - "Let's Discuss This" - This is where we should all aim to be. The perfect compromise of setting boundaries and creating structure but in a nurturing and loving way. 

When I talk about "mastering calm and connection" I am talking about becoming an authoritative parent. When you work with me in a private coaching program, we first identify how you function as a parent and then lay out simple, actionable steps to get you where you want to go.

The first step in working with me is a free Fitting Call. Schedule your call by following this link.

Don't forget to download your FREE Parenting Tools PDF!

Samantha, Ben & Baby Lauren

I had the pleasure of working with Samantha & Ben in one of my 12-week, intensive Bradley Method (TM) sessions. I asked them to share their Birthing Day story and they were more than happy to. Samantha, Ben and Baby Lauren worked hard as a team and Lauren was born via a medicated vaginal birth. You can read their complete story below.

"Lauren's birth was NOTHING like we had expected. On Christmas Eve around noon, I felt like something was leaking and I wasn't sure if my water had broken. So I took a shower and went to the doctor to get checked and they said it wasn't amniotic fluid. I was thinking that I must have just peed my pants! Around midnight on Christmas Day I had the same sensation three times within a half an hour so I knew something was up. I called the doctor on call and he had me come in.

We got to the hospital around 1:30 am and my water had definitely broken (it gushed on the doctor haha) but I wasn't dilated at all and only about 40% effaced. The doctor gave me Cervadil at about 3 am and said it would be in for about 12 hours. About 4 hours later my contractions were insanely strong in my back and starting to overlap each other. By 9:00 am I was acting delirious and poor Ben was already exhausted from putting pressure on my back. I got checked and I was only 3 cm! I was like you have got to be kidding me! I was using every prop and position available.

By 1:00 pm I got checked again and had only gone to 4 cm. I was so defeated and exhausted from the pain. It was like I was in transition the whole time. I think my body was reacting really badly to the Cervadil. Thankfully, Lauren's heart rate was great. I finally was like, "I can't do this anymore" and I had the nurse give me some pain meds through my IV. It lasted about 15 min and then I was back in a lot of pain. About an hour later I talked to the doctor about an epidural, weighed my pros and cons, and decided to get one.

At first I was a little disappointed with myself but ultimately decided that I was well informed, had exhausted all other options, and was thinking that if I kept up the way I was that I would never have been able to push successfully. I got the epidural and was instantly so much more comfortable and relaxed. After that I went from 4 to 9 cm in just a few hours.

By about 5:00 pm, I was 10 cm dilated and ready to push. I pushed for two hours. She was not budging, so they used the vacuum for three contactractions and she was born at 7:22 pm. I had a bunch of tears and the doctor actually said, "I had to be creative to get things put back together." Hahaha! I felt like Humpty Dumpty.

While our birth was not at all how I had planned, it was awesome and we got a very sweet baby out of it. Every nurse mentioned to me what a wonderful coach Ben was! He was so well informed and helpful throughout the whole thing. All in all, it was an amazing experience!

Lynn Turcotte-Schuh, CCCE, CLC

Short Media Bio

Lynn Turcotte-Schuh is a CAPPA Certified Childbirth Educator, Certified Lactation Counselor, Certified Baby Sign Instructor and Parenting Coach. She is also the Chief Executive Mama at Happy Mama Wellness where she helps Mamas master calm and connection from pregnancy through preschool. Lynn is highly passionate about helping Mamas feel empowered, trust their instincts and create a positive, nurturing relationship with their children. When not supporting families through Happy Mama Wellness, she loves to spend time with her own. Her wife, daughter and small farm of animals keep her on her toes. She is a nature lover and tries to go barefoot outside every day (when it's warm enough). She is teaching her daughter to love herself, love life and love Mother Earth. You may find crochet needles, an eclectic music mix and an acoustic guitar in her adventure bag.

Interviews, Podcasts & Guest Posts

Breakthrough Your Parenting Challenges to Create a Healthy Nurturing Family Dynamic

Hally Paulson of Playful Fitness - Episode 2 of the Alive. Confident. Free. Interview series. (P.S. We have NO idea why you can just see me so we've dubbed this a new style of 1/2 video 1/2 podcast. The gold is still incredible, so throw in some headphones and enjoy!)

All things Birth: Interview with childbirth educator on vaginal tearing, labor relaxation & more

Many women have questions about pregnancy and birth, childbirth methods, and some level of fear about labor and perineal tearing. In this interview with childbirth educator, Lynn Turcotte-Schuh, CCCE, CLC, you'll get information on how to prevent vaginal tearing, relaxing during labor, reducing fear associated with birth, childbirth methods, and more. Perfect for any pregnant mom during her first, second, or third trimester of pregnancy.

Why It’s Important For You To Attend A Childbirth Class And How It Prepares You For Your Parenting Journey

Most Americans spend more time researching a new car than they spend researching and preparing for the birth of their baby. Figuring out which course is right for you and your family can be overwhelming…and many people choose to just live in ignorant bliss. In fact, the large majority of first time parents never take any sort of class. Please note, however, that this is one of those cases where just because most people do it this way, it does not mean it’s the best way. Let’s cover some of the AMAZING benefits of taking a childbirth class as well as what to look for in a good class.

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