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A recurring theme on First Time Mum’s Chat has been the lack of information and advice for new moms to help them as they commence their new parenting journey. There is a lot of tension and insecurity around being a new parent and this becomes even more of an issue when you are away from your family.
Ann-Christin Villegas knows all about this, after relocating from her native Germany to Virginia in the USA and giving birth to two girls, both in the USA! Ann found the process frustrating and challenging finding information and resources and she kept meeting other moms and expecting women who were in the same situation and frustrated seeking advice for new moms.
Ann works as a biotech engineer in the pharmaceutical industry so is no parenting expert, but she was so passionate about helping moms and the difficulties she and others were facing finding advice for new moms that it motivated her to write a book titled Becoming A Parent: A Reality Check on Pregnancy, Birth, and Baby’s First Year, to help moms and expecting parents.
For Ann, it is also very important that her parents and family in Germany have the opportunity to bond with her little ones, so they visit each year. You’ll hear Ann talk in the interview about:-
- How they plan for and manage their overseas trips and overcome the challenges of flights with young infants.
- Being confident in parenting your own way and not letting self-doubt to creep in or allow others to dictate how to parent.
- The importance of treating each of your children as a unique individual with their own ways and timeframes and not basing decisions on shoulds and have tos!
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About Ann-Christin Villegas
Ann-Christin Villegas has a lifelong love for books. She never planned on writing one, but here we are. Becoming a mother and all the struggles that come with it literally opened a new chapter of her life.
She is passionate about empowering other parents to pursue the vision they have for their family without giving into the easy way out and the peer pressure around them. She hopes this book is your no-nonsense go-to book when dealing with topics most people shy away from.
Originally from Friedberg, Germany, Ann-Christin resides in Northern Virginia with her husband Luis, two (for now) daughters Mila and Livia and two cats, Pubi and Panta. She is a PMP certified Biotech Engineer and works as a consultant in the pharmaceutical industry. She loves to travel, especially to Germany, where she was born and raised. She enjoys cooking and baking, followed closely by eating. Ann-Christin is always up for an adventure and likes scuba diving, just not with unexpected Bull Sharks encircling…but that is another story for another time.