A 2-hour woman-centred workshop on postnatal health and wellbeing, with Postnatal Recovery Specialist Maite Brines, Bev and Emily.
Maite is a trained pilates teacher and movement educator, teaching her own unique and innovative postnatal recovery method, VONLATES. Maite will be teaching alternative methods of pelvic floor exercise, as well as discussion on mobility, posture and regaining your core strength after pregnancy.
Plus we discuss sex after birth, the challenges of feeling 'like yourself' and how best to discuss these issues with your partner. Facts, suggestions and a few laughs, in a safe, relaxed and open environment. This session is for women only. Send your partner to the pub...
Monday 5th October
19.30 - 21.30 pm
The Little Gym, Chiswick
When Emily isn't running our Teddington and Chiswick courses, she is a midwife at Chelsea & Westminster, a qualified aromatherapist and specialist in Reflex Zone Therapy (RZT) for pregnancy and birth. Mum to a four-year-old son (and a dog!) she is based in West London, from where she runs her own business selling personal blends through Etsy and creating content for her successful Instagram account. A truly modern midwife, with women at the heart of all her work, Emily is loved by all the couples she teaches in Teddington and also meets in Chiswick where she hosts our complimentary therapies class.
Whether it's writing for newspapers, magazines or talking to The Happy Birth Club, communication is at the heart of everything I do. Since I had my son 16 years ago (two girls followed who are now 8 & 10), I was drawn to use my love of great births alongside my love of words to help couples transition into parenthood. Whether it's through our book, our forthcoming podcast or - where it all began - our lovely little classes, I still feel privileged to be speaking to people on this daunting but amazing journey. After five years of evolution, we have now perfected our course and I'm genuinely proud of the service we offer: there are no rules, no embarrassment and no finger-wagging – but laughter is guaranteed.
Maite is a Birth Recovery Specialist and runs local Mum and Baby classes which are Pilates based with focus on myofascial release work and movement education. She also just launched an online program, VONLATES-Holistic Birth Recovery which includes exercise and practical lifestyle videos, meditation and nutrition. She is a Pilates teacher and Movement Educator and has taught hundreds of Mums to reconnect and strengthen to those all important core and pelvic floor muscles, as well as using trigger point balls to release the often tight and aching postpartum body. Maite lives in Chiswick with her daughter and husband, and she loves a good slice of carrot cake.
"Great informative classes in a relaxed environment exactly what we were looking for! Loved all the laughter from our group, who new antenatal could be so much fun! We felt comfortable asking any questions within the class as the environment was relaxed with partners included in conversations. The obstetrician led and the place of birth evenings were very informative and something I could not have found in a book."
"Really informative and done in a relaxed, fun & supportive way. Having spoken to friends who have done NCT, this is streets ahead. Being a first time Mum, all the information thrown at you can be a bit daunting but THBC covers everything you need to know and more without over whelming you and with a lot of laughs along the way. The added bonus of the amazing midwife being on hand is invaluable and was an enormous support to us when I had a few wobbles after the birth."
"Amazing, holistic course covering pregnancy, labour and breastfeeding from all perspectives. Hypnobirthers, reflexologists, aromatherapists, obstetricians, nutritionists and more - honestly something for everyone to learn, from all angles! I cannot tell you how happy our birth was thanks to these classes. A fun, relaxed but informative way to prepare yourself for the most amazing experience of your lives!"
Partners are welcome at all sessions and encouraged to attend as many as they can. We also welcome grandparents-to-be if either of you are stuck at work!
We genuinely care about our couples and are unique in having an ethical refund policy. In the sad (and unlikely) event that you’re unable to start or complete our course due to baby loss we will refund your costs. If your baby arrives early so that you miss some sessions, we will offer a complimentary home visit from our midwife.
With enough notice, we are often able to offer an alternative date with a later or earlier group to complete the session you’re missing but this is not always guaranteed. Drop us a line and we’ll always try our best to work things out for you.
You’re welcome to complete our Hypnobirthing workshop at any stage in your pregnancy. It’s never too early to learn these skills which will help you in labour and beyond. Knowing how to stay calm is just as useful when you’re a parent!
Yes. All our midwives are extremely generous with their time and will give you their personal phone number with hours that they will endeavour to be available for you.