Practising what we preach

‘Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames’ – Rumi

Or as Will Smith puts it, ‘Look to the people around you. Are those people throwing logs on your fire, or p*ssing on it?!’

Whether it is about how you are planning to give birth, how you want to parent, a dream or ambition you hold… what these quotes remind us is that when we find something we believe in, that we feel passionate about, we need to surround ourselves with people who will help us towards our goal. Continue reading

Pippa’s story – breastfeeding my tongue-tied baby

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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 Pippa from Gateshead, 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

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

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

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

His and Hers Guide coverHere at The Natal Family we have impatiently been waiting for months for the publication of the His and Hers Guide to Pregnancy and Birth 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

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

Happy mother's day-1It’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!

Through our programmes we are very privileged to support expectant and new mums throughout their journey into parenthood (and dads too, but today it’s about the mums!)

One of the practices in our MummyNatal programme, is a kindness mediation – where we focus on the good things we wish for ourselves, our babies, our families and our births, rather than falling into the trap of spending our mental energy on the things we don’t want.

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

pregnancy testsExcited, 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”…

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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What do birth and Go Ape have in common?

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Earlier this month Natal HQ we went camping in the Lake District. It was our opportunity to have some quality time as a family with no phones or emails. however, as it usually is, the divide between work and play was an slim one!

One day of our holiday our older two children (aged 6 & 7) went on Tree Top Junior at Go Ape. I was expecting it to be a lot tamer that it actually was – it was HIGH and in some parts even the adults accompanying some of the children were clearly finding it physically and mentally challenging. Continue reading

Enabling our children to be all that they can be

I talk and teach a lot about empowerment of parents. Empowering them to understand their choices through pregnancy, labour, birth and beyond.

Something which sits alongside that though, is about the children themselves, and THEIR empowerment.

How can we empower our children? How can we give them the opportunity to become everything they can be? Continue reading

What are your values?

This week has been one of those weeks where I have spent a lot of time considering values. My personal values, our organisation’s values, the values of others around me.

This weekend I will be welcoming a new intake of 10 BabyNatal trainee teachers from around the country. We always open our training weekends considering our personal values and how they fit with an empowering approach. All teachers who hold a Natal licence have been through a process of learning reflective practice in order to ensure that they are mindful about what and how they teach.

Why is this important? The core values throughout The Natal Family are about empowerment. In order to empower, one must be non-judgemental and unbiased. However, judgement and bias is part of human nature, and we must first be aware of it, in order to manage it. Natal classes aim to present options to parents in an empowering way, and it is this which differentiates us from a lot of education which does exist, teaching specific methods or approaches. Continue reading