Tell us about the Services you offer?
I provide online and face to face emotional well-being courses for new parents, drop-in talking groups open to mothers with children of all ages and online resources for mothers to help mothers look after themselves.
How did you come up with the idea and what motivated you to go for it?
After my experience of severe postnatal depression and anxiety I have made it my mission to ensure that mothers suffering have appropriate support available to them. I am very proud to say that my absolute determination paid off and I successfully created a charity that is able to provide both peer support and counselling services to mothers across London. The charity, Cocoon Family Support, has supported hundreds of parents and has been running successfully for almost six years.
During my career and my time working with Cocoon I personally created and initially ran all services, designing the peer support workshops, courses and counselling service alongside health professionals and mothers to ensure that they were as beneficial as possible.
I have had the privilege of playing a part in families recoveries and feel my work has had great purpose knowing that I have helped families lead happier and healthier lives.
My passion and drive has since however expanded and I have seen how important it is to open services like this to ALL new parents, to help ensure that mother maintain emotional well-being not just recover from illness. I am thrilled that I am able to provide my services and utilise my skills in a new and exciting way for all new parents across the country.
What do you love about running your own business and what do you find hard?
I love having the freedom to decide when and where I work.
During my previous job under an organisation I was very much bound by what funding would allow me to do, meaning I didn’t have much choice over what I could spend my time focusing on. Now I have the option that if I want to run a new talking group in a specific area about a specific subject I can go ahead and just do it.
It is very liberating and something I am very much loving. I can follow my passions completely and on my own terms. I do however find it difficult feeling like I have to “promote” myself and my services. I have never had to push myself forward in such a way before and it can be quite daunting and can feel quite self-serving spouting off your credentials and achievements constantly!
What kind of Boss Mum are you and how do you manage the juggle?
Haha aren’t we all winging it?
I try and be organised and I do succeed to a degree but you can never predict what the day might hold. For example today I had a few lovely meetings lined up that I was very much looking forward to but my eldest daughter was hit with a stomach virus on her way to school so all went out the window. My day looks very different to what I had planned but that’s ok, one of the joys of working for yourself is that you don’t have anyone to answer to so I have the luxury of being to rearrange those meetings and am now free to wing it all over again tomorrow!
What’s next for your business?
I am very excited to say that I will be expanding my services within the next year. I am currently training as a hypnotherapist and will be able to offer a range of hypnotherapy services for parents including hypnobirthing, anxiety and stress management and relaxation techniques. I am also very much looking forward to a new partnership with “Hampstead Mums”, providing meet-up’s for expectant mothers within the NW3 area of London.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
“Life is never black and white, learn to see the grey.” My battle with postnatal depression was all about lack of control and my inability to be flexible, flexible with myself and my capabilities and flexible with those around me. My grandma sat me down one day and told me the above, she was so right and that quote has never left my side. It was a turning point for me then and it continues to help guide me now.
Who inspires you?
The women that I have the honour of supporting.
Not a day goes by when I am not in awe or overwhelmed by the sheer strength and determination of mothers. Whether we tell the world or not we are all fighting some internal battles, I have the privilege that women feel they can open up to me and share their struggles. I may provide them with tools but it is them that use them, it is them that continue to fight every single day, it is them that continually put others before themselves even when they have such little left to give. I will forever be in awe and forever be inspired. I am so lucky to be able to work with so many that inspire me every single day.
Tell us 3 facts about you…
- I am a proud mother of two beautiful, strong and intelligent girls
- I have had the privilege of speaking, alongside my husband, in front of royalty and have had a private meeting with HRH Duchess of Cambridge
- I have some limitations with my physical mobility, thanks to a recent MS diagnosis and I have the honour of driving “Big Bertha” my trustee mobility scooter – quite a sight me with my seven year old perched on my lap for the school run!
What do you enjoy most about being a part of Mama Tribe?
The sense of community is something that I think is very important. I encourage mothers everyday to find their “village” and not to sit in isolation. I am lucky that my job allows me to meet other women everyday however it is still important for me to take time for ME, my role is about giving to others, however I cannot pour from an empty cup. Practicing what I preach and speaking and listening to others about the ups and downs of running your own business is a necessary part of my journey.
Thanks for giving us an insight into life behind Jessica Warne, we love having you as a Member of the Tribe.