The Natal Family was founded by husband and wife team, Steph and Dean, who oversee all the classes, teachers and training programmes of The Natal Family.
Steph is a MA Hons graduate from the University of Cambridge, part of her degree specialising in looking at the evolving role of the mother and midwife through history. She then worked for 8 years supporting children and their parents through advocacy and empowerment services. This included working with children labelled as ‘hard to reach’ – those with learning disabilities, profound and multiple disabilities, those on child protection registers and those in care. She became adept at working with children, using & developing alternative and augmentative communication tools to hear THEIR their voice (not that of the adults around them), such as signing, visual cues & objects of reference. Steph won several regional awards for her work, such as the LAYSER award for ‘Most Empowering’ professional working with children in the East in 2004, and the CSIP ‘Putting People in Control’ award in 2006, for her work in empowering children to have a voice in decision making and controlling their own lives.
Steph then developed to working as a trainer, training other professionals to engage with children, to use reflective practice and provide more person-centred, empowering systems of working. She has had two resource kits published, in 2006 a multi-format toolkit called ‘The Big Box’ aimed at school/youth work professionals, on how to empower disabled children in their personal decision making; and in 2007 the ‘Listen Up’ a toolkit, funded by the Big Lottery Fund and aimed at statutory and public sector organisations, on how to engage with children in shaping those services and making them user-led.
In 2007, Steph was also awarded a national DfES ‘Actions Speak Louder’ Award for her work empowering children and then became involved on a national project for the DCFS. That same year however, she became pregnant with her son and took a break from work to enjoy becoming a mum.
Steph is a mother of four children and her passion has focused on empowerment of parents and children in the immediate antenatal/postnatal period. While on maternity leave with her daughter she set up Peterborough based company Bump, Birth & Beyond which became the leading antenatal & postnatal education provider in the East Midlands area. She worked and trained as Doula, a FEDANT recognized Antenatal Educator, and in infant massage and movement for baby. She has taught widely, including private classes as well as on behalf of Children Centres and Peterborough City Hospital.
The Natal Family was born out of Steph’s experiences as a mother, advocate, Doula, and teacher. Steph passionately believes that antenatal and postnatal support should make parents feel confident, empowered and supported. Steph brings to The Natal Family her own empathy as a parent, experience of working with 1000s of parents and children over 10 years, as well as a genuine empowering approach honed through working at the forefront of advocacy services. Steph’s vision is for accessible education & genuine empowerment, so parents learn skills, make their own parenting decisions, and grow in self-confidence.
Steph is an endorsed trainer by FEDANT (UK Regulator for Antenatal Education) for the MummyNatal and BabyNatal Training Programmes.
Steph is also co-author of new book ‘The His and Hers Guide to Pregnancy and Birth’ which is due to be published in June 2016.
FEDANT Registration Number: 12049
Dean Beaumont specialises in working with expectant and new fathers, and is the founder of the award winning DaddyNatal.
‘Antenatal Pioneer’ (Daily Mail) Dean is a regular speaker and contributor to events and features around the role of the man/father in the family and at birth. Dean frequently is asked for his expertise in this field, and recent appearances include Ch 5’s ‘The Wright Stuff’, BBC 1s ‘The One Show’, SKY news, BBC Breakfast and various BBC/CH4 documentaries. Dean is also a reqular guest on BBC Radio Scotland and has even been interviewed internationally, including for live radio in Australia!
As a key founder of The Natal Family, Dean ensures that all our programmes are genuinely inclusive of both mums and dads, and unlike some others, do not merely pay lip-service to the role of the father
Dean’s vision is to create inclusive services which empower men to be able access the learning and support they need to become great dads and supportive partners.
Dean won two national awards in 2011 – ‘Best Dadpreneur’ at the Mumpreneur UK awards and ‘Business Parent of the Year’ at the Mum and Working Awards.
Dean holds a Diploma of Childbirth Education (Dip CBEd), is also a Baby Developmental Massage and Movement teacher, having studied with internationally respected Peter Walker, and a trainer recognised through FEDANT.
Dean is also the author of best-selling ‘The Expectant Dad’s Handbook’ published in May 2013. He is also co-author of ‘The His and Hers Guide to Pregnancy and Birth’ which is due for publication in June 2016.
FEDANT Registration Number: 12072