Koa Whittingham has done a wonderful job of creating a book that has a scientific base combined with a lovely, practical and accessible discussion about becoming mum and all that entails, specifically the full gamut of emotions and behaviours. The focus on values and values-driven living is a strength of the book and the sensible and achievable suggestions for simple behaviours that can make a difference support this beautifully. Koa’s passion for the topic combined with her understanding of scientific approaches shines through and makes this an excellent resource for women embarking on the quest or path to motherhood.
In Becoming Mum, Dr. Koa Whittingham encourages readers to engage in interactive exercises that explore and vitalize the psychological passage into motherhood. Koa does an excellent job of normalizing topics such as preparing for and distancing yourself from unwanted advice about parenting, being more self-compassionate when doubts about your parenting choices arise, working through relationship changes with your partner, and making values-based choices about family matters. I think this book has a wide appeal. Its direct approach to how topics are relevant to specific issues that might arise given certain circumstances (e.g., postpartum depression, morning sickness) is novel. I highly recommend it.