BRENDA MUNZ ~ THE GENTLE VILLAGE
Hello! I'm Brenda Munz. I'm a Registered Nurse/Midwife and Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and a mum to two beautiful kids. My gorgeous boy is 5 years old and my independent little girl, is 2 years old going onto 13. So, as you can imagine, they are always keeping me on my toes!
When my boy was born, he very quickly made me realise that I was not ready for that fourth trimester, that no one seems to talk about. Especially when my milk came in! The midwifery knowledge and skills I had at the time, wasn't enough to prepare me for how to care for a very unsettled baby. I was very grateful to my Lactation Consultant friend who supported me through those first six weeks. After that, there were a lot less tears and a lot more happy moments.
But yet again, I was reminded that parenting can be hard. My boy, at 18 months of age, was diagnosed with left hemiplegia cerebral palsy following a stroke he had...when I was still pregnant with him! After I picked myself up, from the emotional mess I was, I had to learn to use my time wisely. I exhaustedly began working night shifts, so I could attend to my son’s therapy and medical needs during the day. So, of course, I was very surprised to find out that I was pregnant with my daughter, nine months after my son's diagnosis. I had severe morning sickness up to twenty-two weeks and found it very difficult trying to juggle it all. The anxiety, the fatigue, the overall impact it had was enormous and yet, the minute my daughter was born, I felt that she was all worth it.
Life with my big boy and a breastfeeding newborn was more exhausting than I could have imagined. My daughter, wouldn't sleep, day or night. Most likely because I had to take her everywhere to all of my son's appointments. I felt for her! When she was five months old, my wonderful sleep consultant friend, Nicola, helped me learn how to give my daughter the much needed sleep that she needed. And once again, our crazy beautiful life became that little bit easier to juggle.
That is, until a few months back, when I sustained a back injury. Although I knew this hurdle was temporary, it had flipped my life upside down...again. I knew I needed a lot of physical therapy. However, every time I would stare at my calendar I was bombarded with reminders of parent life and my son's medical needs and appointments. I kept thinking to myself “how am I ever going to get better?” Or "who could care for my kids while I attend therapy, without them needing to take time off work?" Emotions took over, I was finally running on empty and in considerable pain. It was at this point that I finally accepted that I needed to put myself first this time, so in turn, I could give my best to my children. It took five exhausting months but I finally felt better~physically and mentally.
Looking back, I felt my rehabilitation could have been a lot less stressful and my recovery could have been quicker, had I had the services I needed provided to me, in the comfort of my home. This is why The Gentle Village was born. There are so many parents who have their own battles, as I have had. This village is about providing the much needed services to mothers, fathers, parents-to-be and families, all in the comfort of their home.
We are here to be accessible to your needs and to support you and your family to feel confident, healthier and stronger, in all aspects of your parenting journey.