The 4th Trimester uses the MotherWoman facilitation model, which is guided by these principles.
We believe in the inherent value of all women.
We believe that the state of a woman's motherhood is highly dependent on the state of her womanhood. We encourage all mothers to value, respect and advocate for themselves, and expect others to do the same in ways that keep them safe.
Mothers cannot give from a depleted source. Every mother needs emotional, mental, physical and spiritual validation, nourishment, and support. When a mother is respected and well cared for, she, and her whole family, will benefit.
We believe that speaking the truth about motherhood is a revolutionary act which breaks the silence and isolation in women. In our groups we support mothers in naming the deep challenges they are experiencing, knowing that there are few places where mothers can be truthful about the full spectrum of their experience.
Mothers are raising the next generation. What we do for ourselves and our families today will ripple far into the future. We all want to raise our children to be strong and loving adults, leaders, and parents. Mothering is an enormously important job.
We know that mothering can be both a joyful and a challenging experience. We explore the complex realities of motherhood. We do not sugarcoat it, and look for opportunities to find the gold, even in the darkest places.
We know that motherhood is a powerful growth experience for a woman. We do not need to be perfect to be perfectly good mothers. You are the right mother for your children.
We have confidence that every woman has the wisdom within to navigate her life when she feels heard, validated, and honored for who she is, as she is.
Parenting is above all uniquely personal. Ultimately, it has to come from deep inside ourselves. ~Jon and Myla Kabat-Zinn