As a busy working mother of four, I completely empathize with you parents out there. I realized
that during each of my pregnancies, my entire focus each and every time was on the baby, and
not on me. I had completely neglected self care and love. I thought that certainly, other parents,
even if they are excited about a new baby, have had feelings similar to mine. After the birth of
my third child, I struggled in silence with postpartum blues and frustration from juggling a busy
financial career with family life. I attempted seeing a therapist, as that was the logical thing to
do, but was disappointed with the outcome since I felt I was merely deduced to just a typical
textbook case and spent too much time travelling to my appointments. I did find consolation by
speaking with my peers, other parents going through the exact same issues and struggles I was
facing. This stayed with me as the understanding and encouragement I received from these
parents lifted my spirits and helped me gain the confidence I needed to move on.

I wanted to create a community for families, with the emphasis on guiding and supporting
parents, where they could reach out to coaches covering all parental issues. There are many
programs and groups already focused on children’s issues, and although these groups are very
important and needed, I realized that there was missing a safe, private, supportive virtual group
for parents who do not have the time, money or convenience.

The idea of Circle 4 Parents sprang forward during my fourth pregnancy. My three previous
pregnancies were very similar in that my entire focus was always on the baby, and not on
myself. Speaking again to my trustworthy peers, I realized that I am not the only one who was
going through the same dilemma. Around my third trimester, I shared my anxiety with my
doctor, and he informed me that this anxiety puts me more at risk to experience postpartum
depression, and advised me to again seek out support. I did my research, and found out that
there is very limited support available in the current market. I finally did find and hired a
maternity therapist who, at $250 per hour, was not only expensive, but it was also inconvenient for me to get to the sessions. Although I really wanted to, as a busy wealth advisor and mother,
I didn’t have time to devote to myself and see my maternity therapist once a week. I knew there
had to be a better solution, and if it did not exist already, I was going to create it.

After my last baby was born, I started surveying new mothers. Most of them said they would
have loved to have someone to talk to. The mothers also said they would like the fathers to join
so both parents can be on the same wavelength of understanding. All parents need to be
considered. There is myth that postpartum only affects mothers, but in fact, ten percent of men
are affected by postpartum depression as well.

I also researched if the issue persists in developing countries as well. Interestingly enough,
postpartum depression is less common in developing countries, as they still rely on human
connections and there is sufficient care of mothers after a child is born. However, in modern
developed countries, we in society have isolated ourselves completely behind texts, emails and
social media where we cannot share our emotions openly. What is lacking in our society is a
forum for open communication with other people who are in similar circumstances. This affects
our ability as parents to openly communicate with other parents and ask for help. With the
Internet and other technology reaching every corner of the world very quickly, it will be not long
before the emerging and the frontier world will also face technological isolation.

At Circle 4 Parents, our goal is to provide a network of peer support to create mentally healthy
parents who can return to work sooner and contribute to a prosperous economy. Circle 4 Parents
combines parent coaching services with a video conferencing platform so parents can openly
express their feelings, struggles, and triumphs. We envision the Circle 4 Parents platform extending
to parents of all ages as parenting evolves with time.

During our coach-led sessions, parents access a peer session in the comfort of their own space,
sharing best parenting techniques and relevant information. You may choose private one-on-
one sessions or a group session.

I wish I would have had the Circle 4 Parents community when I was raising my first two children as a
single mother and desperately needed support. Now, I am passionate about creating a
community and committed to helping other parents heal and move forward.
Thank you and we look forward to helping you,

Mary Aggarwal

Founder and CEO
Mother of four
Circle 4 Parents Inc.