If someone had told me when I was in the throes of my postnatal depression that one day I’d be running a business to support and encourage others going through the same challenges, I would have not have believed them.
Living with, and battling my way through PND after the birth of my two children was anything but easy. It was especially hard for my family. It is not a fun disease to have to deal with, but one thing that I learned through my own experience is that having PND is not something to be ashamed of. It is not something that I, or anyone else, can control. It is a condition caused by an imbalance of hormones, and it happens to more women than care to admit it.
Following that tough period of my life, I realised I wanted to do something to help people going through something similar. One of the positives from having PND came in the form of developing an affinity with anyone going through not only the same condition, but any kind of mental health issues.
To cut a long story short, I was able to get my health back on track through a combination of medical support, the patience and understanding of those around me and … doing baby yoga and baby massage with my own children.
As I came out of the dark place that PND had taken me to, the concept for a business that supported other mums in the local community started to bubble away in my mind. Baby yoga and baby massage – as well as the supportive network that I built through doing the classes – had given me the quality time to bond with my children, and I knew that this was how I could reach out to new parents. I signed up to do my Diploma in Baby Massage and Baby Yoga as soon as I could, and started to run in-home classes shortly after qualifying in 2016. Word soon spread, and the popularity of the classes meant that I was able to start running small group sessions of baby massage in Nottingham and baby yoga in Nottingham.
I want to create an environment where parents and babies can feel fully relaxed, allowing them to engage and bond with their babies, and enjoy the company of other parents – forming friendships as they talk about the ups and downs parenthood in a non judgemental way, with lots of laughs along the way.
All my courses are tailored to suit the individual, whether it’s a one-to-one session in the home, a small group of friends at a venue of their choosing, or at one of the Little Legs venues.
To widen the support network even further, I also set up Mummy Matters, a fast-growing Facebook group – a hub for all things parenting, whether it’s general advice or information, something you’d like to sell or you just fancy a chat, the page offers a forum for mums to share what’s on their minds.
You can also find details of the Little Legs coffee mornings on our Facebook page. Held weekly, it’s another way to get that all important peer-to-peer support in a friendly and relaxing environment, while enjoying a chat over a cuppa and a piece of cake!
I am also a Community First Responder (Level 2 First Aid trained). I have public liability insurance and I am DBS checked.
I look forward to meeting you and your babies at a Little Legs class soon!
Tel : 07957234474
email : Kirstie@littlelegsltd.co.uk
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