A MummyNatal Birth Story – Iris Seren

The Natal Family co-founder, Steph Beaumont tells the story of the birth of her new daughter. 

Although this was our fifth pregnancy, it was still unique in its own ways. At 13 weeks pregnant, we nearly lost our little one, and became at ‘high risk’ for a ‘late miscarriage’ for the next 11 weeks. Continue reading “A MummyNatal Birth Story – Iris Seren” »

Pippa’s story – breastfeeding my tongue-tied baby

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Pippa and Toby, a few hours after his birth

Not too long ago, we published a blog about tongue-tie and how it may impact breastfeeding. Today, we give you the very personal, honest and emotional story of our MummyNatal teacher from Gateshead Pippa and her husband Ad, both sharing their experience with their first son Toby.

Remember that each experience is unique, and we are not sharing this story to show you that IF your child has tongue-tie, it means that this is going to be your story too! Continue reading “Pippa’s story – breastfeeding my tongue-tied baby” »

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” »

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?

Continue reading “Oh you’re pregnant!? Has anyone asked you how YOU feel about it?” »

The Natal Family meets The Baby Show (ExCeL)

behind the desksmThe ExCeL Baby Show is coming up, and if you’re going, don’t miss out on a great opportunity to visit The Natal Family stand…

We have some fantastic products for sale!

First things first, you’ll get an opportunity to grab a copy of The Expectant Dad’s Handbook, by our own Dean Beaumont, co-founder, with his wife Steph, of The Natal Family and all its programmes. Stop and talk to us, and you may catch Dean on the stand, in between speaking on the main stage and teaching DaddyNatal classes in our beautiful classrooms – why not ask Dean to sign a copy of his book for you or for that special dad-to-be in your life? Continue reading “The Natal Family meets The Baby Show (ExCeL)” »

Can birth be ‘addictive’?

can birth be addictiveI am writing this on my son’s first birthday. Today is all about him, celebrating this first, big milestone with his brothers, who are super excited for him. Today, though, I can’t help to feel a bit nostalgic. I would happily go back to last year this time, feel the excitement of labour starting and do it all again.  Continue reading “Can birth be ‘addictive’?” »

A great day out – The Baby Show, Birmingham NEC!

10645330_883698718309392_5635174905919120404_nTime seems to be flying by here at Natal HQ! Not only will our newest addition be a whole month old next week (I am still in denial about that one!) but we are delighted to be travelling over to Birmingham NEC for The Baby Show once again to run our antenatal and parenting classes live from our two show classrooms! Continue reading “A great day out – The Baby Show, Birmingham NEC!” »