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

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

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

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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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