The Book

The Conscious Mother: A Simple Guide to Mothering with Self-Awareness, Authenticity, Confidence and Connectedness

Research in the area of maternal and infant mental health has reinforced what we already know, mothers who are sensitive, attuned and responsive to their babies create the relationship milieu for optimum brain development.

The Conscious Mother takes you on a journey of self-exploration to prepare you for, and support you through, motherhood. It is designed to hold your hand as you explore your own history of being mothered, your beliefs about mothering and the hopes and dreams you have for yourself and your baby.

Becoming a mother is a profoundly life-changing experience. The Conscious Mother is packed full of useful information to maximise your growth and avoid the pitfalls of your past so you can create a more mindful and positive bond with your child.

It takes you on a journey of self-discovery, guiding you in how to know and accept yourself so that you can be the ultimate parent; the purposely imperfect mother. The mother who can love and nurture her children, allow herself to make mistakes and love herself despite them.

For your opportunity to start this journey or to change the journey of a loved one, please click below to purchase! Only $34.95 AUD + $12.00 Postage in Australia.

If you need the book posted to another country, please email me at kirstin@theconsciousmother.com.au to arrange.

Book Reviews

Adjusting to life as a new mum, it wasn’t the sleepless nights, demanding feeds and unpredictability of every minute that challenged me. The greatest adjustment was accepting I was no longer the woman I used to be. I was not prepared for the sense of loss and grief I’d feel for that part of me no longer there. The Conscious Mother gifted me with acknowledgment and appreciation of that deep transformation, and offered a great sense of comfort, support and relief. A ‘must have’ for all new mothers, teaching us to honor the thoughts, emotions and vulnerabilities motherhood brings, while preparing for the journey ahead.

KIM MARIE SMITH - Founder I Standing Strong Total Wellness Club for Girls

Kirstin has written a book with photos of awesome children, I particularly liked the input page from the husband – who appears wise, and handsome. Kirstin continues her motherhood dream by taking in other people’s children and threatening to kidnap cute kids from friends and family.

ANDREW WILSON - Kirstin’s husband

What an impressive piece of maternal brilliance. Kirstin openly explores the complexity of motherhood and in doing so lifts the fog on the seen and unseen challenges facing mothers today. She highlights the benefits of unpacking our experiences, embracing our humanness, growing with confidence, claiming our instinctual knowing and being a conscious mother. This beautifully presented book invites women to mother from a place of worthiness and love and is a gift to all women, one I will gladly share.

VIDA CARLINO - Transformational Coach - Author of My Power Statements

Even as a step-mother, I wish Kirstin’s book had been around when I was starting out as a full-time step-mother of a seven-year-old. I had no idea that the challenges I was facing came from my own experiences and perceptions, mixed with my new husband’s. You do not have to be the birth mother to experience motherhood. This is a book direly needed in our fast-paced and often unforgiving society, and will heal fractures that do not need to be there so that you can be your own imperfect, amazing mum.

CLARE MCALANEY - Author – Creative Architect

As a mother of three, I know that nothing prepares you for for motherhood. The exhaustion and overwhelm can be debilitating! Kirstin offers her readers an empowering parenting model to inspire and awaken the conscious mother within each of us and guides us with a toolkit to be more mindful and joyous mothers who are present to our children as well as to our own needs of self care. You will feel more confident in knowing how to raise happy, well rounded children. A practical, interactive and must-read book for all mothers.

Motherhood is a unique journey, and for many of us the new expectations and responsibilities can be overwhelming. We often forget to take time out to reflect and be mindful. This beautifully written book will allow you to reflect on your own journey as a mother, offering guidance and reassurance that you are not alone, after all; as mothers we are all doing the very best we can. Taking time to ask yourself the important questions about your own journey as a mother is crucial for staying in the moment and align with who you are as a person. This book gives mothers the opportunity to do just that.

JESSICA SALAMATI (SMITH) - Paralympian – Speaker – Author

Never before have Mums been so bombarded with ‘expert opinion’ on how they should or shouldn’t mother their children. No wonder so many feel overwhelmed and confused, wondering if they are doing it ‘right’. This book is the answer. It isn’t about telling you how to be the ‘perfect mum’; it is about helping you explore yourself and your beliefs so you can find your own unique style. Through the thoughtful chapters and personal stories, practical exercises and the Tool Kit, all mums will be able to build their confidence and learn to trust that they do know what is best for their children and themselves. So, expectant mums, new mums, and mums with older/adult kids, throw away the App, stop googling, just give yourself peace of mind, and read this book.

Pip Wynn Owen - Childbirth Educator, Registered Midwife, HPCE Winner of the Hypnobirthing Australia Practitioner of Excellence Award 2014/2015

The Conscious Mother guides you through the discovery of how you want to be as a mother, how you want to feel as a mother and how to create that in yourself. The most important gift you will ever give your child is a healthy mother in mind, body and spirit. And while you may read this book and complete its worksheets for the sake of the child initially, you will be giving a most wonderful gift to yourself and your partner at the same time. Kirsten gives you permission to feel anxious, sad, overwhelmed, doubting and then works with you to understand it and use that understanding to be the mother and person you want to be. I want my daughters to read this book and I will encourage them to re-read it and use it all up! It is honest and truthful, easy to read and quick to reward those that work with the author through its exercises.

Dr. LEON LEVITT - GP – Obstetrician

Parents often lament that children don’t come with a manual. The Conscious Mother is The Manual. As a psychologist and mother of two, I cannot recommend this book highly enough to parents, those thinking about becoming parents, as well as those helping parents. Kirstin writes in a wonderfully engaging and informal manner, from a place of vast experience, care and compassion. This book is relevant not only to birth mothers, but to anyone charged with the care and nurturing of a little person.

JANINE BARROW - Psychologist

Kirstin Bouse has created a wonderful resource for both new mothers, and those who want to parent more consciously. She discusses important issues and imparts her wisdom in an easy-to-follow manner. This book isn’t just a ‘how-to,’ it also has sections designed to allow the reader to reflect on her own thoughts, and actively partake in reaching her goal to become a more conscious mother. It’s the perfect present for any mum-to-be.

Dr. EVELYN LEWIN - GP ( obstetrics and gynaecology) – Writer

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