It has been a busy few months here at BabyNatal. As well as being founders of The Natal Company and the DaddyNatal and BabyNatal programmes, myself and Dean are husband and wife… or at least we are now, as we celebrated our wedding day back in October, in the company of family and friends.
Well we have chosen the names at random, and here are the winners of our competition to win a pair of tickets to the London Excel Baby Show!
And the winners are……………………….
What a busy start to 2013 it has been! We have our first book coming out this year, lots of new teachers joining our ever-growing team, a feature in Prima Baby and on Sky Living AND we are getting ready for the first Baby Show in London next month, at Excel!
I was at the Royal College of Midwives Conference last week, discussing with midwives my work with DaddyNatal and how through midwifery practice we need to be empowering dads more. How do we do this, well firstly we need to empower fathers to know what to do at birth, but secondly we need to stop stereotyping them.
A slightly delayed announcement (have we mentioned how busy we have been here at BabyNatal over the last week?!?!) but the winner has now been selected at random from all entrants, and the winner of the lovely bundle of Gro goodies is…
We are delighted to make it all official that The Gro Company are supporting our work at BabyNatal.
The Gro Company produce not only award-winning baby sleep products, but they also work incredibly closely with the FSID (Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths) – the leading UK charity working to prevent infant deaths.
Our guest post today comes from the lovely Vicki. Vicki is mummy to Alex, a little boy of 19 months, and runs For Luna, an online swimwear website with her husband, James.
There are many aspects to becoming a parent that nobody can prepare you for. You can’t describe labour and childbirth to anybody because, for one thing, it is such a personal experience – different for every woman. My experience was dreadful due to complications, and I remember asking ‘Why did no-one warn me?’, but how could they? And what good would have come from it? Anyway, as everyone knows it is all worth it in the end.
We are delighted to share this guest blog from Sam Butterwick, founder of the award winning nursery Simba’s Den in Bulwick, Northamptonshire. Sam is a familiar face at BabyNatal, as she supports our training programme with her expertise on early years development. In this blog, Sam shares her own experiences and reflections on becoming a mum.
Becoming a mother, to me, was like being at a constant crossroads; spinning around wondering if the road you are about to take is wrong or right, in the best interests of you or your child, a constant emotional battle of wanting to get it all perfect. In today’s society families are faced with tough lifestyles; balancing work and children at times seems to be a real battle. We all want the best for our children; it is our innate instinct, but what is the best? And when do we know we have chosen the right path? How do we get the balance of working to support our children and having a traditional idyllic family life too?