On the evening of the 13th February the stage was set…….
With stylish black walls, classy lampshades and plenty of plants, Rabbit café in Pottergate provides a great social space, and was a beautiful home to our Treat Night for mums with new-borns and mums-to-be.
Claire, who owns Rabbit, baked us the most delicious sausage rolls and brownies, we had prosecco, for those able to indulge, and tea and homemade cacao balls for those wanting something more nourishing.
We were joined by well-known lactation consultant, Jan Edye, who chatted to us about her work supporting mothers with breastfeeding. Her knowledge and experience, delivered with love and care, has changed the lives of many women and their families over the years.
Alongside her 1:2:1 private practice sessions with mums, Jan has been running the free clinic at West Pottergate Breastfeeding Support Centre for 27 years. She encourages all mothers to come along should they feel they would benefit from any advice from herself or her colleague Nikki Adlam.
Even though it is one of the most natural things in the world, breastfeeding is still a skill that mothers, and babies, need to learn. It comes with lots of different challenges; therefore, it is important that we know where to seek and receive the right support in those early days and weeks.
The awesome Jenni Tribe, transformation coach, midwife and maternity reflexology trainer, also generously gave us her time for the evening. We really enjoyed learning more about her work with mothers postpartum, particularly surrounding birth trauma. Her EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) is a wonderfully effective way to address any trauma that can come up for us following the birth of our babies.
I then offered a talk about traditional postpartum care and the importance of implementing these practices at this unique time of our lives. I explained how, as a postpartum professional, it is my job to help create a safe space for parents to feel calm, connected and supported.
I loved sharing some of the knowledge I have gained training with the Newborn Mothers Collective and The Nafsa School Project. I covered the concept of ‘baby brain’ and the amazing way our brains protect and prepare us for motherhood. We discussed the overwhelming chaos that this change can bring whilst it is happening, and so identified ways we can support this stage of brain plasticity and how to avoid anything that sabotages it.
At the end of the day, it is all about applying a more feminine approach to this time of learning and doing things that make us feel good!
I am excited now to get the next events rocking and rolling……
March is a busy time with The Parent and Baby Show coming up on the 15th, the first monthly Mummy Chillout at Rabbit on the 25th and the beginning of the Postpartum Education Workshops, also held monthly, from the 30th.
You can keep an eye on all the events I will be attending and hosting this year on my new events page.
Please do get in touch if you’d like to know more about what is happening and how to get involved.