This week on the 30th January we will celebrate our fourth Anniversary of running classes throughout Lanarkshire.
Four years ago on the 30th Jan 2012 I taught my very first Daisy Birthing class, I was soooo nervous. I had left my career in fashion as a buyer at Schuh, but after having my daughter Emily I decided there was more to life than shoes (bizarre, I know) and that I wanted to help build a support system for families in Lanarkshire helping to have more positive pregnancies and maternity leave as it can be a very exciting but lonely time for many mums, as I myself had suffered PND with Emily.
So, I took a huge leap of faith (which was extremely difficult after the low self esteem & lack of confidence after my PND) and started teaching Daisy Birthing classes!
I can happily say that I have never once looked back on the life I left! The past four years have been life changing! I started my training at 10 weeks pregnant with Sam in December 2011 and was teaching rfom 19 weeks pregnant in Jan 2012 in east Kilbride and Airdrie.
By the time I finished up on Mat leave in May 2012 (Sam turned up at 36 weeks) I was running classes in not only East Kilbride and Airdrie but had also started Hamilton and Cumbernauld too! I don't think I could have kept the business running if it had not been for the help given by Sarah Sangster ( Daisy Birthing Stirling) & Lucie Shaw ( Daisy Birthing Glasgow South & East Ren) who have continued to be great friends giving amazing support and advice throughout our Journey with daisy. And alos with the amazing support from my wonderful Husband and family
Due to Sams' surprise arrival on "week 5" of daisy birthing class it meant I had so many ladies left hanging and I went back after two weeks for one big class to finish off the term
Then slowly I managed to build my classes back up and went back t teaching full time at 18 weeks. I got all day with my children then got to catch up with my Daisies at night!
In August 2012 I did my Daisy Baby training in Tinies and Wrigglers classes and launched Daisy Baby classes shortly afterwards.
Since then we have had many highs and lows; loads of celebrations of new arrivals, early babies, late babies and very sadly a few of our wee ones born sleeping and we feel honoured and privileged to have been invited along on your journey through pregnancy and into parenthood, helping you every step along the way. Last year alone we welcomed over 1,000 mummies through our Daisy classes!
Don't get me wrong it is a very stressful job ensuring all our mums get the help and support that they need, but the most rewarding part is seeing the friendships blossom as the mummies do. I know of many of these friendships made in Daisy Birthing and Daisy Baby classes that are still going strong 4 years on and will continue to do so for many years!
The Daisy Foundation Lanarkshire is NOT just a class, for myself and many others, it is a way of life . A supportive, non judgemental community of mums helping each other through good times and bad. Four years ago I could not have imagined the non judgemental community and support system that now surrounds the Daisy Foundation Lanarkshire. Having worked with the NHS LANARKSHIRE VBAC clinic, given talks to the UWS Midwifery students, Winning Antenatal teacher of the year in 2014 with Mama Conference and my award being presented by Ina May Gaskin.
It really has been a whirlwind!
So As a thank you to everyone for all your support since 2012 we are running a competition to win a £50 voucher for Boots, a free term of Daisy Birthing or baby classes and a one hour massage session with Sam Williams @Sam Massage Therapy.
To enter the competition please "LIKE" and "SHARE" this blog or post on FB, Twitter, google + where ever you want and pop a comment in the blog below to say hello, why you would like to win or how classes have helped you. A name will be pulled out by Random.org on Saturday 30th Jan 2016 and the winner will be posted in this blog so keep your eyes peeled!!
Daisy Birthing and Daisy baby classes are now running our pregnancy antenatal classes, Baby Tinies (baby massage) and Baby Wrigglers (Baby yoga) and in Hamilton, Airdrie, The Time Capsule Coatbridge, Stepps, Nuffield in East Kilbride, Westerwood Hotel in Cumbernauld, Livingwell strathclyde at Bellshill Hilton, Wishaw Sports centre.
If you would like more information on Daisy Lanarkshire classes please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 07725408011
or visit my webpage, where you can book online for classes