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Making Friends At Baby Groups In A Pandemic

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It Takes A Village

We often hear that it takes a village to raise a child. Traditionally this would have literally been the people living around you – family, neighbours, people you have known your whole life. People wouldn’t move far (maybe the next street!) The community you grew up in was the community that supported you when you had a baby, regardless of whether you attended baby groups. These days we’re considered lucky if we have family living nearby. We move away for university, for jobs, for love (or our friends & family do), and we find ourselves alone.

Social media is wonderful for keeping us connected, but what we really need postnatally is a support network. People nearby who can grab us a pint of milk when it’s all we can do to keep our eyes open, and leaving the house isn’t an option. We want someone who’ll look after our little ones for half an hour while we pop to the doctor’s. Someone who will meet us for a cuppa and a hug when caffeine is all that is keeping us going. And someone who will be at the end of the phone whenever we need to offload, need advice or support or just need another adult to talk to.

Making Friends

When we have children our friendship groups change and adapt. Some people are lucky enough to have babies at the same time as their friends, but that’s a rarity. For most people it’s a matter of making new friends – something we probably haven’t done since school or university, and the concept can be terrifying! You can’t just walk up to another mum and say “I see we both have babies, shall we be friends?”, and this is where pregnancy and baby classes come in to their own.

Baby Groups

When I had my first baby 11 years ago in Portsmouth there weren’t many groups to go to. The Health Visitors ran a new mums group, there was a breastfeeding support group, and a couple of singing groups. Fast-forward to now and you could fill every morning and afternoon with a group if you wanted to. Whether it’s baby signing, baby massage or yoga, messy playgroups, mummy fitness groups, baby wearing drop-ins or baby swimming, there’s something for everyone. With the rise of the baby group comes the increased opportunity to make friends and build a community around you. It may be that you start bumping into the same few people as you attend different groups through the week. If you’re lucky you may find yourself in a smaller class with the same people every week and that friendships blossom that way.

How Daisy Can Help

If you’re really lucky you may attend antenatal classes and start to develop that support through your pregnancy and beyond. One of the things I have loved about being a Daisy Foundation teacher over the past 9 years is helping to grow those communities. Helping bring people together, either in pregnancy or post-natally, and giving them a space where they feel safe to open up, to form those friendships, and build their support groups. A weekly space where you can say “I’m finding this tough” knowing someone else will say “me too.” A space where you can celebrate your baby’s milestones and where others understand how exciting getting 3 whole hours sleep is! I love seeing groups of mums continue those friendships as their babies grow up, and just sometimes, I welcome them back to classes again when they all have their second babies at the same time!

Online Classes

The current Covid situation means meeting people in person isn’t a possibility, so online is where it’s at! Daisy Birthing and Daisy Baby Tinies and Wrigglers classes are taking place via Zoom. This enables us to still see each other and chat and connect, and get that much needed support. It’s not what anyone imagined when they fell pregnant last year, but it’s working and ensuring we have the human contact we desire and need. Facebook and WhatsApp groups have taken the place of cafés and parks. People are using technology to get the support they would usually get in person. And the joy of online communities is that there is almost always somebody else online at the same time as you, meaning you can get answers to your questions or chat whatever time of day (or night) it is. The other benefit is that you don’t need to be dressed or have make-up on before chatting! Nobody will see you!

So if you’re feeling nervous about making that first step, find a group that appeals, take a deep breath and hit ‘join’. You may well end up making friends for life!

 

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Why Do People Love Daisy classes?

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What makes Daisy classes so great?!

If you’re like me then you’ll like to read reviews before committing to a purchase or booking (I have lost many hours to the reviews section on Amazon!) so if you’re looking to book an antenatal class or a baby massage or yoga class in the Portsmouth area, read on to see what others say about Daisy Birthing and Daisy Baby classes.

These are just a small selection of reviews of Daisy classes. To read more head over to our Facebook page.

Erin

“I can’t recommend Sarah’s antenatal classes enough – I booked due to a recommendation from my sister in law who also couldn’t sing her praises loud enough. I also booked before Covid kicked off so we unexpectedly had our classes over zoom. I was unsure whether I liked the idea of online video classes for several reasons, but they were fab. I don’t feel like I missed out on anything as Sarah still ran through the classes as if we were all in the same room. The techniques I learned from Sarah during the classes without a doubt were what got me through my first labour with my daughter. I don’t think my experience would have been anywhere near as positive if I hadn’t taken the class. We also had (and still have) a what’s app group where everyone from the class still chats and offers support along with Sarah! Thank you for the fab class, if I’m lucky enough to be pregnant again, I will definitely return to brush up on the techniques!”

Natasha

“I attended Daisy Birthing antenatal classes earlier in the year and can not recommend them enough to expecting mums! The classes involve elements of hypnobirthing, yoga, an informative segment about birth and an amazing relaxation! I always slept so well after the classes and it gave me such an amazing chance to take some time to connect with my baby. The classes were so informative and I finished the term feeling really positive about my birth. Each week, Sarah would focus on an aspect of labour (induction, dilation, contractions, pain relief etc). What I loved about the antenatal classes is that they equipped me with the knowledge and confidence to make choices that worked for me. During my labour and throughout my third trimester I was able to use this knowledge and felt confident to discuss my options with the midwives at the hospital. My 3 month old and I now attend Daisy Tinies baby massage classes. While these lessons are run via Zoom, the content is of such a high quality and I look forward to connecting with other mums every week. The sessions focus on baby massage, songs to sing to, information on post-natal care for both baby and mum and a relaxation at the end. Sarah provides lots of information on the fourth trimester – something I had never heard of before, however, learning about this really helped me understand how my baby was behaving in the first few months. The sessions have been fantastic for me and I am looking forward to continuing future classes with Sarah! Thank you!”

Judy

“I can’t recommend the Daisy classes enough. When my first daughter was born I attended groups with her and loved them and when I found out Sarah also did the Daisy Birthing antenatal class I knew that when I fell pregnant with my second daughter that I wanted to attend. The classes were run online due to Covid however I do not feel that they were any less beneficial because of this. Each week I really looked forward to having this bit of me time and getting to meet (even if it was online) other expectant mums. When it came to my birth I couldn’t have had a more positive experience and I really believe that Sarah’s class played a huge part of making it as lovely as it was. It was the breathing techniques she taught us and other knowledge she had shared that really helped me through my labour. Thank you Sarah I can’t wait to start our online Daisy Baby massage class soon.”

Ami-Jane

“I absolutely loved going to the weekly pregnancy class with the Daisy Foundation. I first attended the Daisy Birthing antenatal classes, as my first labour was pretty traumatic and felt this time I would like more information on how to prepare for my second baby. The group was amazing and I continued you on to the next classes, Daisy Baby Tinies and finished with Daisy Baby Wrigglers. I felt so sad to leave as some of the women, I had been going to group with since the very beginning! Sarah who leads the class is just fantastic, she’s very calming, kind and has this fantastic relaxing vibe. I highly recommend the Daisy Foundation to all new/potential mums.”

Isabel

“I couldn’t be happier that I stumbled upon Daisy Birthing with Sarah when I was pregnant – it was the perfect antenatal class to attend for many reasons: class size is ideal and meant that I was able to form friendships and really talk about all the worries/excitement leading up to the birth in an intimate setting. Sarah went above and beyond to reassure us as a group and would find out things we were unsure of if she didn’t know herself; she created a calm and trusting atmosphere. The breathing techniques I learned were incredible and were the main reason I was able to labour at home for so long before going into hospital. Needless to say I booked on to Tinies baby massage when Matilda was born and took her from 6 weeks – she has now recently made the leap to Wrigglers yoga (as she can’t stay still for the baby massage anymore!) Each class has a lovely structure whilst remaining relaxed and very much baby led which is so reassuring as there is zero judgement. Matilda loves all the stimulating props and sensory segments that differ each week! I could go on and on but, simply put, I could not rate Sarah and the Daisy Foundation at Portsmouth more highly and would recommend the classes to any mums and mums-to-be!”

Emily

“I attended all three groups with Sarah from Tinies to Cruisers. As a first time mum I was nervous about attending my first baby group but Sarah made her classes very welcoming. My daughter absolutely enjoyed her time and loved finding out what was in the box each week. We are definitely missing this fab group. Thank you Sarah for providing such a wonderful and nurturing class.”

 

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/ The Daisy Foundation with Sarah Lewis

Welcome to Daisy Portsmouth, Southsea & Waterlooville

Antenatal and baby classes in Portsmouth, Southsea and Waterlooville.

Hi, I’m Sarah! I have been offering continuous perinatal support and perinatal education to families in the Portsmouth, Southsea and Waterlooville area since 2012 through antenatal classes and baby classes. With a background in primary education, 9 years of working as a Daisy Teacher and, of course, my own parenting journey with my two children, I bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to my role as a Daisy Foundation Perinatal Educator.

I am passionate about supporting  new parents, both antenatally and postnatally and understand the challenges pregnancy and having a new baby can bring. I am also committed to continuing my professional  development through reading and attending courses, to ensure that I can provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based information.

I offer a selection of classes, workshops and group sessions that meet the needs of expectant mums and parents from early pregnancy right through to toddlerhood – continuous support that helps you to achieve a positive pregnancy, confident birth and an informed and supported journey to confident parenthood.

Enjoying a positive pregnancy, preparing for your confident birth and cutting through the overwhelm that can come from all the confusing advice out there as you find your way with your little one is what all new parents hope for. With my help, and in the safety of your Daisy community, you can positively impact your whole parenting journey.

So whether you’re looking for antenatal classes in Portsmouth to support you through your pregnancy, or baby classes to attend with your newborn or wriggler, we’ve got you covered!

Classes available;

Daisy Birthing Active Antenatal Classes  A weekly pregnancy class for expectant mums to help you enjoy pregnancy, stay mobile, learn about your changing body and prepare for a confident birth.  Yoga based movement, birth breathing, birth hypnosis and birth education.

Daisy Active Birth Workshop  A workshop for mum and her birth companion that will not only cover active birth education for a confident, active and informed birth, but also give you both the tools to prepare as a team and confidently plan for your baby’s birthing day.

Daisy Baby Tinies  A weekly postnatal class for mum and baby in the ‘fourth trimester’. You will learn baby massage and yoga. We enjoy song and rhyme and focus on postnatal recovery.

Daisy Baby Wrigglers  A weekly class for mum (or carer) and baby to help you learn how to use a variety of tools such as: baby yoga, rhythm, rhyme, story and sensory play experiences to aid your baby’s development, your connection and have fun together!

I look forward to welcoming you to a Daisy class soon!

Sarah Lewis x

sarah-lewis@thedaisyfoundation.com      07837 647713