Tongue-tie and breastfeeding – can mums and babies experience difficulties?

tongue tieWhat is tongue-tie?

The correct term to describe this condition is ankyloglossia (but we can stick to tongue-tie, can’t we?), and it’s a congenital anomaly that can reduce mobility of the tongue tip. It happens because the membrane connecting the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth (called lingual frenulum) is just a bit tighter and shorter than in most people. Although this is just proof that we are indeed all different, tongue-ties can vary in degree of severity – this is also due to where, under the tongue, the frenulum is attached (either towards the tip of the tongue or towards the back of the tongue). Essentially, tongue-tie has the potential to have different effects on different people, and difficulties in breastfeeding (and then later on in life, if the tongue-tie is severe and not corrected), eating and speech are the most common effects. Continue reading “Tongue-tie and breastfeeding – can mums and babies experience difficulties?” »

Bake off, Meditation and Me

This week we have a fantastic blog from our co-founder Steph, which will give you steph-200x300some real food for thought about mindfulness, meditation… and bread! 😉 So sit down with your favourite cup of tea / coffee and enjoy this great read!

“When I first tell parents or parents-to-be in one of our classes that we are going to be practicing meditation, I quite often get a worried look and a comment along the lines of ‘I find it really hard to switch off’.


It is not surprising that more and more of us feel this way, as the fact that we now live in an increasing ‘convenience’ society has meant that many of the daily opportunities for informal meditation which our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents (you get the idea!) used to experience, we are less likely to. So it’s become a practice which might feel quite alien and leaves us feeling pretty uncertain and unconfident about how to do it. Continue reading “Bake off, Meditation and Me” »

DaddyNatal Online – an interview with founder Dean Beaumont

The last couple of months here at The Natal Family have been very exciting! Last month we saw the publication of The His and Hers Guide to Pregnancy and Birth by our very own founders Steph and Dean Beaumont, and on the 7th July we celebrate the launch of DaddyNatal Online, by Dean Beaumont, in conjunction with Penguin Random House. Continue reading “DaddyNatal Online – an interview with founder Dean Beaumont” »

Boxes, builders, bellies and babies

Being in the business of providing antenatal classes to parents-to-be or classes to new parents in the postnatal period, we noticed that a lot of parents move house at some point during their pregnancy, and often towards the latest stages of the pregnancy, or carry out building / extension work either during the pregnancy and during the early weeks and months of their babies’ life. Continue reading “Boxes, builders, bellies and babies” »

The His and Hers Guide to Pregnancy and Birth – an interview with authors Steph and Dean Beaumont

Here at The Natal Family we have impatiently been waiting for months for the publication of the His and Hers Guide to Pregnancy and Birth (available for pre-order here), written by The Natal Family amazing founders Steph and Dean Beaumont and out on the 9th of June 2016. The His and Hers Guide is the second book published by the Beaumont’s, with The Expectant Dad’s Handbook published by Dean in May 2013. Continue reading “The His and Hers Guide to Pregnancy and Birth – an interview with authors Steph and Dean Beaumont” »

What our teachers say about their favourite Natal classes

With the range of classes we offer here at The Natal Family and the number of teachers across the country excitingly growing, we thought we’d ask our teachers what their favourite class to teach is and what it is about that class that they love so much.  It was great to see that most of us can’t even single one class out and ended up picking two or more! So, in no particular order, let’s just hear from… Continue reading “What our teachers say about their favourite Natal classes” »

To the lady who judged and didn’t stop

This morning I was in the supermarket doing the weekly shopping with my nearly-20 month old in the trolley. We had been there for a little while, and he was tired and bored of sitting down. He saw me putting strawberries in the trolley, and he wanted some. But he had already had some crackers and 2 bananas, and I knew he would have made me open the strawberries and then refuse to eat them. I would have then been left with an open box of strawberries which no doubt I would have spilled on the floor at some point (in the shop, in the car, in my driveway or in the house…) I had been there and done that, and I knew that would happen! Continue reading “To the lady who judged and didn’t stop” »

An empowered, calm and confident birth – Natal teacher Katy’s story

This is Katy.

KatyKaty is our BabyNatal teacher from the Newcastle area and runs BabyNatal and Infant First Aid classes through her business Calmer Parenting Newcastle. An ex Geography teacher, Katy is now an antenatal educator and mum to two gorgeous young children – a boy and a girl. Katy’s little girl is only a few months old, and today we talk to Katy about the recent birth of her daughter and about how being a Natal teacher has given Katy the confidence to explore her options and achieve the birth experience that she wanted. Continue reading “An empowered, calm and confident birth – Natal teacher Katy’s story” »

On Mother’s Day, our Natal wish to all expectant and new mums

It’s Mother’s Day, and here at The Natal Family, we would like to wish ALL mums in the world a fantastic Mother’s Day!Happy mother's day-1

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Oh you’re pregnant!? Has anyone asked you how YOU feel about it?

Excited, happy, overjoyed, lucky, grateful, impatient, disappointed, in denial, worried, scared, uncertain, anxious, guilty, ‘pressurised’, worried that I can’t share this with anyone yet, alone, terrified, in shock, ashamed, apprehensive while I wait for my first  scan, sad, scared of being judged, unhappy that my body is going to change, that “I can’t yet enjoy it”…pregnancy tests

These are only a few examples of the feelings and emotions that a few of us admitted experiencing in early pregnancy. Quite a mixed bag, right? And perhaps some words and phrases in there that you wouldn’t normally associate with pregnancy?

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