Founder : Stephenie Beaumont
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 now has two pre-school 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 and trained to become an Antenatal, Birth & Postnatal Doula (University of Middlesex & FEDANT approved). She also trained as a FEDANT recognized Antenatal Educator, and in infant massage and movement for baby. She teaches widely, including private classes as well as on behalf of Children Centres and Peterborough City Hospital. Bump Birth & Beyond Ltd is now a leading antenatal & postnatal education provider in the East Midlands area.
BabyNatal was born out of Steph’s experiences as both a mother and a Doula, as it became clear that there was a gap for parents in terms of learning about about caring for a newborn. Being left on a postnatal ward after 36 hours of labour with a crying baby, Steph realised what a learning curve she was on and how much she had not been prepared for! Steph brings to BabyNatal 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 both BabyNatal and the DaddyNatal Training Programmes.
FEDANT Registration Number: 12049
Founder : Dean Beaumont
Dean Beaumont specialises in working with expectant and new fathers, and is the founder of the award winning DaddyNatal.
Dean teaches DaddyNatal classes to expectant fathers in the Peterborough area, on behalf of Peterborough City Hospital, and also runs private classes throughout the East Midlands and London. He is often asked to speak at events, most recently at West Suffolk Hospital MSLC AGM and on the main stage at the BabyExpo in Brighton.
‘Antenatal Pioneer’ (Daily Mail) Dean is a regular contributor to 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’, 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!
Dean founded the unique DaddyNatal www.daddynatal.co.uk antenatal education programme, becoming the first male professional antenatal educator in the UK. He has since begun training other DaddyNatal educators through the FEDANT accredited DaddyNatal Teacher Training Programme. His involvement in the BabyNatal programme will ensure that it is genuinely a programme which reaches both mums and dads, and does not not just 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 is also the author of ‘The Expectant Dad’s Handbook’ due for release in May 2013.
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.
FEDANT Registration Number: 12072