We chose Mummas and Beans for our antenatal classes because we wanted something that felt ‘different’ and because it was recommended to us. We wanted an alternative, holistic approach to childbirth - that mentally prepared us (the mum and dad) as well as informing us about our babies’ journey into the world. We also wanted to make like-minded friends. We learned so much! The environment was extremely relaxed which made us feel like we could ask any question and not feel silly. This approach led to us having a very close antenatal group which has supported us throughout this completely life changing experience of having our first baby, Ottie. Above all, mummas and beans empowered us to do it our way. Total support, never judgement. And that continues way beyond the birth.
My journey with Mummas and Beans started with Daisy Birthing. I was after a class that would help me to prepare for a positive birthing experience both mentally and physically. The classes far exceeded my expectations. Not only did I learn more about pregnancy and labour but each class gave me time to really, really relax and focus on my body and baby. The education and experience Daisy classes provided - on top of meeting a great group of friends - made for a very positive pregnancy and birthing experience. When my little boy arrived I was excited to start Baby Massage and then Yoga classes with him. What I love about Mumma’s and Bean’s classes is that they go far beyond the wonderful experience in the class. You learn about your baby, their development and how you can use movements and exercises to alleviate ailments they may have. On top of fantastic classes, Mumma’s and Bean’s provides access to a community of supportive parents and resources via their social media presence. This is invaluable when you are new to Mummyhood and are trying to navigate your way round the craziness of the first few months. I have attended a number of various baby classes but none are nearly as good. I cannot recommend Mumma’s and Bean’s enough and I look forward to continuing classes with them.
It took me a long time to decide whether or not to join an antenatal class when pregnant and I am so so glad that I did. Daisy birthing gave me time out each week to focus on me and my bump. I learnt breathing techniques and exercises/positions which I went on to use during labour and this helped me to get through with no pain relief. Claire and Nicky gave such amazing advice during Mummas Complete that my husband and I felt more than ready by the time it came to the arrival of our little one. My son and I are now taking part in Baby Massage classes once a week and I am not sure who enjoys it more!! Totally recommend all groups, so nice to be met by a smiling, supportive face and meet with people who feel the same as you do!!
We absolutely loved these couple classes. I can’t recommend them enough. Claire who is a midwife at the Royal Surrey was absolutely fantastic, making very dry subjects fun and keeping the class interested and engaged with her humour. I was belly laughing most of time. I feel much more prepared now and so does my other half, we feel we learnt a lot . We’ve also met some lovely people that we hope will become good friends. Nikki was fantastic in the final couple of classes and its great keeping in touch with everything and everyone through her Facebook group. There are lots of other classes and social events arranged for before and after your babies are born so it feels like a little community that you can dip in and out of as you need. Its definitely the best thing we’ve done during our pregnancy!
I would highly recommend you to anyone! All my friends did NCT and most were pretty horrified that we weren’t! I don’t think people even realise there is an alternative. I was confident that your antenatal class was the right approach for us, as NCT didn’t appeal for various reasons. Clare and Nicky were both great teachers and their anecdotal style made it ‘real’ and gave us confidence. The course is excellent value for money
I can’t recommend Daisy Birthing classes enough. I feel much more relaxed and calm about my upcoming labour after doing these classes . I now have a toolbox of breathing and techniques that should hopefully see me through any situation that arises. I have met some people lovely people also and have thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Bring on birth!!!
In my view, this is the ultimate class to prepare you for labour. Expert guidance combined with relaxation and labour management techniques make this the one class I would recommend, having used the techniques in two midwife led labours (one resulting in a very calm home birth)
Thank you, and so much thanks to Laura for an amazing experience with Daisy Birthing. Noah Francis was born on Tuesday March 10th at 3:31pm, weighing 7.3lb. I had the completely natural home birth, in the birthing pool, that I’d planned, and absolutely could not have done it without the knowledge and practise I gained from your classes.Thank you again,We look forward to the Tinies classes
Prior to this course i was terrified of having a baby but the lovely and funny midwife made me feel confident i could manage the times ahead. They give a balanced view so i was prepared when i ended up having an emergency c section. They info on what to do with a newborn was vital.
Hi Nicky, This has taken me an absolute age to actually get round to writing, probably now that I have 2 my brain hasn’t quite caught up. However, I just wanted to say how fantastic I found the daisy birthing sessions in Guildford with Laura. It was a little while ago now that I took the sessions, and it was on 9th Dec our little bundle Iris was born a whole 2weeks late...doctors were getting twitched at me refusing sweeps and an induction...but she came when cooked, and I managed to stay off pain relief by using the basic birthing breath pretty much the whole way through (bar the on all 4’s pushing stage!!)..it was second time round...but wow what a difference as first time was b2b and 28hrs of pain, whereas this time...was only in hospital 45mins as managed to breath and rotate my way through at home. Prior to taking db I was getting my knickers into a right twist panicking about a crazy labour and intervention, but Laura really helped with getting into my head and thinking differently about it, was soooo much more relaxed. A massive thank you, without db it could have been a different story.
Hi Nicky, Please can you pass on a massive thank you to Claire from myself and Andy for the fantastic three weeks of information that’s she has shared with us.Unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to say goodbye last night as I wasn’t feeling fantastic and it had been such a long day. You already know how fab Claire is but I wanted to pass on our thanks for making it fun and enjoyable for these two first timers :) Looking forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks for our final week then I’ll be starting Daisy birthing the next day! Actually looking forward to the day we bring Smudge into the world thanks to you lovely people x Eternal thank yous for that :) Can’t wait to introduce Smudge into the M&B family for much needed support and coffee! xxx
I wanted to say thank you as Richard and I found your antenatal classes so helpful and I even used some of the breathing techniques and positions from your Daisy birthing classes which were great!
I’ve so far written you two emails to say thank you for the course already, but neither of them have managed to get sent because I just don’t have the words to adequately express how perfect the course was for us both. So, thank you. And please thank the midwife whose name I have unforgivably forgotten. I can’t tell you how brilliant it was and how much J and I are on the same page and understand what is needed to have the best birth experience we can, no matter what might happen this time.
I would like to say thank you for all the classes you run which have made the past year much less daunting. It has been very reassuring, both taking time out and feeling confident about birth at Daisy Birthing before Johnny’s arrival (even tho things didn’t end up going as planned!) and also with Massage and Yoga, Massage especially really helped me bond with Johnny when to be honest I didn’t really have a clue what to do with the little bundle in my life all of a sudden! Massage became a part if our daily routine and was really special...
Hi Nicky, I’m afraid Erin and I won’t be signing up for next term :( I start work (having finally found a job that doesn’t demand all hours under the sun) on the 20th October and will only have Tuesday’s off. I have been with you for the last year now (pretty much) and am very sad to not be signing up for the next term. You have been such a fabulous source of support and friendship (especially as the fellow mummies I am now closest to were met through your classes) and I recommend you to every pregnant woman I meet! - from friends to women with bumps serving me in the shops (here’s hoping they are in fact pregnant!). You are the perfect balance of friendly advice combined with a fabulous sense of humour, a down to Earth approach and common sense techniques. I have never felt judged, pressured or silly with you and have ways known exactly where to go when I needed to escape - especially for coffee! God bless coffee. Returning to work is a scary obstacle, but with the friends I have made thanks to Mummas and Beans I don’t face this challenge alone. I will DEFINITELY be back in the (hopefully) not too distant future. And I will certainly continue to recommend you to every bumpy lady I meet! :) Thank you for everything. With our love.
I did, however, want to say a huge thank you to you for adding so much to my maternity leave. Through Daisy Birthing I’ve made friends who have been a huge support to both me and Cleo and will continue to be a big part of our lives. I hope you know what a community of happy and confident Mums you’re developing through Mummas. Thank you.