MEET THE SPEAKER // Emily Hill // Mobilise A Midwife

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Who are you?

Hi, I’m Emily Hill and I live in Skipton, North Yorkshire with my partner Tim. I’d love to be a mama, just waiting my turn. I’ve been a midwife for 10 years and I love being surrounded by growing families.

Where are you from?

I grow up as part of a large family on a farm in Dorset, travelling to Leeds to train as a midwife. Before spending 5 years in East London. Yorkshire gritstone drew us back, I’ve now been settled back in Skipton for 5 years.

What do we need to know about you?

In 2013, I founded Mobilise a Midwife a charitable project working with Traditional Midwives of Mother Health International in Uganda. I’ve volunteered in Uganda at an earth birth house in 2014 and 2016. Back in the UK I work at Bradford Birth Centre. My final year project of my Midwifery Masters is learning from positive birth experiences as there is much to be gained from hearing the stories of others. I’m a birth art mentor and co-founded Nest Creative Beginnings hosting birth art circles and creative retreats for women, supporting connection with your inner wisdom. When I’m not in the world of birth, my life ebbs and flows currently my bees and garden are keeping me grounded. 

Where can we find your business/product if applicable (facebook, instagram/website etc)

You can find me on Facebook – Mobilise a Midwife Intragram @mobiliseamidwife Twitter @mobilisemidwife Mobilise a Midwife works closely with Mother Health International http://motherhealth.org/ 

What is your favourite thing to do as a family?

Slowing down and enjoy the simple things, sharing a meal, a gentle walk or a dip in a river are the best days. I love the deep conversations you can have when walking as a family. I’ve not lived near my family for 13 years, recently my sister moved North. She is a shepherdess with a 10 month old little one, sharing days with her are wonderful.

 

Emily will be speaking at Mama Social on Friday 14th July, 10am at The Showroom

FEATURE // Emily Hill – Midwife

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A woman giving birth in an earth birth house in rural Uganda. What are
you visualising? As a volunteer midwife working at Mother Health
International’s Birth House in 2014 I visualised – women moving
instinctually and finding the ‘right’ position to help them and
their baby; idealistic maybe. I saw labouring women moving freely
until they began pushing, then frequently lying flat of their backs to
push. Traditional practises for birth had been pushed aside for
reasons such experiences from birthing in government facilities and
training programmes for traditional midwives. Mother Health
International has been working to support upright birth positions for
the benefit of women and their unborn children. Through story-telling,
song and dance Traditional Midwives are reawakening to their knowledge
of the benefits of upright labour and birth. Enabling them to support
women to mobilise and adopt positions that are comfortable during
labour and birth. When returning in 2016, Upright Birth illustrations
were introduced as a visual aid for antenatal education and supportive
conversations with labouring women in the birth house.
The benefits of upright birth are well documented and historically
known. Nevertheless, throughout the world women in normal labour are
encouraged to birth laid on their backs, often with legs up in
stirrups. Birth workers have a responsibility to support free movement
in labour and birth. Thus supporting women’s innate understanding of
their childbirth journey. So that together we can work towards a more
upright future.
Gentle births with the encouragement of free movement in labour and
upright birth is widely accepted at Mother Health International Birth
House in rural Uganda. As birthing people of the world we can work
together to support each other to birth is a way that works best of us
and our baby during this precious time.

Emily will be joining us at Mama Social on Friday 14th July, 10am at The Showroom

 

GUEST SPEAKER // Annika Carney // Little Bears Infant Massage

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This week we have Annika from Baby Bears Infant Massage coming to Mama Social to provide us with an introduction to baby massage and to show us some basic strokes that we can use at home.IMG_8418

As well as running Baby Bears Infant Massage Annika is also a trained midwife so she knows babies!!

Baby and Infant massage has many benefits to both children and parents here are just a few…

Helps your little one feel more securely attached

Helps reduction of emotional distress and crying

Helps relax your little one and improves sleep quality

Helps with relieve symptoms of common issues such as colic, constipation and teething discomfort

Helps with the development of their body awareness and coordination

Helps with binding and feeling close to your baby

Helps parents gain a better understanding of their baby’s different behaviours and body language

Provides a wonderful and special opportunity to spend one on one time with your little one

Relaxing

Helps parents gain an increased confidence in their ability to care for and nurture their baby

Gives parents a skill that can be used throughout their child’s lifetime

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Annika will be joining us at The Showroom on Friday 23rd June from 10am

CAROLINE ARMSTRONG // Healthy You Hypnotherapy // Self Hypnosis

Caroline Armstrong from Healthy You Hypnotherapy came to Mama Social and gave us a few tips on self hypnosis, as promised here is the guide…

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This is technique you can use several times a day to help you to take a short break from what you are doing and refocus on your goal and how you want to feel.

Follow these simple steps…

1. Take a deep breath in, close your eyes and breathe out.

2. Count backwards slowly from 100-95

3. Say your positive statement slowly and with conviction, 3 times.

4. Count up slowly 95-100

5. Breathe in a revitalising colour, and open your eyes and breathe out

MEET THE MAMA // Caroline Armstrong // Healthy You Hypnotherapy

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Who are you?

I am Caroline and I have been living in Sheffield for the last 17 years. I live with my husband and my young daughter who is an amazing little girl. I have a pretty dry sense of humour and love Alan Partridge!

Where are you from?

I am a Yorkshire girl and was brought up just outside Leeds. I moved to Sheffield in 1999 to go to university and have been here ever since!

What do we need to know about you?

I am a trained social worker and have additional therapeutic qualifications in counselling, cognitive behaviour therapy, psychodynamic work and hypnotherapy. I have provided successful therapy to a wide range of people over the last 12 years, including spending over 6 years working with the mental health charity Mind, before deciding to focus on hypnotherapy full time. Over time I have developed a specific interest in women’s health and wellbeing and have tailored my work to this. I believe working on your mindset is fundamental in creating positive changes in your health and have seen how hypnotherapy makes significant changes to people’s quality of life.

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Where can we find your business/product?

You can find me on Facebook – Healthy You Hypnotherapy Instagram – Healthyyouhypno twitter – @hypno_healthy Website – www.healthyyouhypnotherapy.co.uk

What is your favourite thing to do as a family?

I absolutely love being by the sea with my family. We recently had a amazing autumn break in Wales which involved sandcastles, paddling, running on the sand, listening to the waves and having the wind in our hair. Awesome!

Top Mama tip…

Try not to compare yourself to other people. Motherhood can be challenging and we shouldn’t feel we have to match up to a certain ‘ideal’.

Your mama confession…

I generally don’t buy ‘naughty’ food but I have been known to pinch some of my daughters giant chocolate buttons! They taste so much better than the normal size ones!

Caroline will be coming in to talk at Mama Social on Friday 12th May 10am at The Showroom

MEET THE MAMA // Lindsay Snow / Understanding Kids

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  • Who are you?

Hello! I am Lindsay Snow and run the business Understanding Kids. I use evidence-based research to enable parents to tackle their parenting challenges with confidence and compassion. I have a 3 year old son, Adrian, and partner, Jurriaan.

  • Where are you from?

I was born in Ireland and moved to Hertfordshire, near London, when I was 6. While at uni, I went to Switzerland with the Erasmus programme where I met a Dutch guy. I then moved to the Netherlands where I completed a Masters and then a PGCE in Bilingual and International Education. After a few years Jurriaan took a job in, of all places, Hertfordshire :s We lasted another 3 years there before he fortunately got a position at the University of Sheffield where we both now feel very much at home.

  • What is your brand?

Most of the parents I work with are medical professionals, academics, teachers and business managers: people who are used to being knowledgeable and in control in their professional lives and then find that life with kids requires a slightly different measure of success. Some choose to attend a workshop because they are struggling with specific issues, like sleep or undesirable behaviour. Others just love to know what is going on in their kids’ heads.

  • What do we need to know about your brand?

You’d be amazed at how much guilt we’re all carrying around due to an inaccurate or incomplete understanding of parenting research. Access to the Internet has only made this worse. However, what seems to really matter to kids is that their caregivers are relaxed and confident. How their mum parents them might be different to how their dad or grandparents do it, and there is rarely need for everyone to be as consistent as the media would have us think. My workshops are non-judgemental because only you are the expert in what helps you to be the relaxed and confident parent your child wants you to be.

  •  Where can we find you?

Through my website www.understandingkids.co.uk and www.facebook.com/BabyCalmToddlerCalmSheffield 

  • What do you like to do as a family in Sheffield?

You can usually find us hanging out as a family at the local climbing walls. Adrian and Jur enjoy visiting the animals at Graves Park while I’m working at weekends

  • Top mama tip?

So much advice out there is not backed up by peer-reviewed research so if anything doesn’t sit well with you, there’s a very good chance you don’t need to do it! If in doubt, ask the advice-giver to explain why something is important. Only then will you know if it is relevant to you and your family.

Lindsay is coming in to talk at Mama Social on Friday 28th April 10am at The Showroom and will be focussing her talk on the subject of baby’s and toddler’s sleep

GUEST SPEAKER // NOOR HIBBERT // Friday 10th February

noorOn Friday 10th February our first guest speaker for 2017 will be Entrepreneur and Certified Business and Life Success Coach, Noor Hibbert.

Noor has been to Mama Social as an attendee a few times and this woman’s enthusiasm and zest for life is infectious!

Noors background is as a business woman; she started her first business as 31 weeks pregnant (!) and had huge success with her products featuring in Tatler and GQ and she’s soon to be visiting Hollywood as part of The Oscars’ Celebrity Gifting Suite.

Noor’s true passion however, lies in inspiring other mums to lead successful and fulfilling lives and now practises as a Certified Business and Life Success Coach This session isn’t exclusively for mums wanting to start their own businesses; Noor will not only be talking us through her amazing personal journey but she’ll also be offering her advice to us all on building your confidence both in business and as a mother.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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MEET THE MAMA // Grace Tindall // Scandiborn

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Who are you?

Hi! I’m Grace, I’m mum to Harry, 15 months and married to James. I’m the founder of Scandibørn, an online kids concept store selling Scandinavian inspired nursery and kids interiors, clothing and mama gifts.

Where are you from?

I’m originally from the south, near Milton Keynes…I met my husband James (Sheffield born and bred), moved north and never looked back. I absolutely love living in Sheffield.

What do we need to know about you?

Apart from my obvious love for Harry, James & all things Scandi, i’m a keen runner (although currently out of practice!) and hockey player. I’m definitely a perfectionist and self confessed workaholic which can be a blessing and a curse at times. I started the business with no industry experience or contacts and after 10 years as a Management consultant its been lovely to start using my creative side !

Where can we find your business/product?

You can find us at www.scandiborn.co.uk, @Scandiborn on Instagram & Twitter

What is your favourite thing to do as a family?

Like all working mums I struggle to find the balance between work and home, Sunday is set aside as a family day for us and we’ll go for a walk in the peaks with our dog and then home or to the pub for Sunday lunch.
Top mama tip…

Be KIND to yourself – you’re are always doing a much better job than you give yourself credit for.

Your mama confession…

When Harry was first born (5 weeks prem) he was having problems keeping his temperature up and after a few days it still wasn’t getting better. Then..the midwife found me feeding him expressed milk straight out the fridge as I didn’t know I needed to warm it…YES, that’s how little I knew about babies! Mama fail!

MEET THE MAMA // Rachel Medina // The Snowdrop Project

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Who are you?

I am Rachel Medina, mum to Alex (almost 4) and Eva (almost 2). My husband is called Victor and we live in Birley (out by Crystal Peaks). I am the Local Coordinator at the Snowdrop Project.

Where are you from?

I’m originally from Maine in the USA. I came to Sheffield in 2007 to do an MA at Sheffield Uni. I did move around a bit growing up, so soon, Sheffield will be where I have lived the longest! I get to go home to visit family about once a year, where I stock up on my American goodies.

What do we need to know about you?

I have absolutely fallen into the career path I’m on, and I am completely in love with my job. I have a BA in History and an MA in European Historical Archaeology. I happened to find what has become my passion through some temp work I did after completing my MA. I did a bunch of rather random jobs temping as an administrator until I worked for an organisation called Refugee Support. I got managing their office and learned more about what they did to help refugees in Sheffield with housing and integration. Within six months I got a job with them as the Lifeskills Tutor at their supported accommodation Foyer teaching and coordinating life skills and independent living sessions. Without that experience, I don’t think I would have ended up where I am now!

At the moment my life consists of working and running around after Alex and Eva, but I have hobbies as well, including knitting, crocheting and painting. I also cannot resist a conversation about politics, British or American. I really enjoy listening to other people’s perspectives and experiences!

Where can we find your business/product?

Our website is: www.snowdropproject.co.uk

Find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/SnowdropProject at the moment we use facebook the most, so give us a like!

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What is your favourite thing to do as a family?

My kids love basically anything we do all together. They are happiest when we all go to the park or just stay home and play together, but so far our favourite family activity is taking the kids to Yorkshire Wildlife Park to see the animals.

Top mama tip

Be honest with yourself and with others when it’s tough. Find some friends who you can be real with, during both the good and the difficult things, and commiserate regularly!

Your mama confession…..

Should be confessions!

I have been known to let my kids eat cereal for dinner and put them to bed early on nights my husband is out of town to maximise some peace and quiet for myself. It’s like a treat for them and for me!

I once forgot that it was picture day at nursery and both my kids were dressed like house elves…seriously every item they were wearing was either stained or had holes in! Surprisingly we didn’t buy any of those photos!

Alex also loves AC/DC and once sang, ‘Thunderstruck’ for show and tell at nursery – his favourite line is ‘I was shakin’ at the knees/I was covered in bees’… I haven’t corrected him.

 

GUEST SPEAKER // RACHEL MEDINA // THE SNOWDROP PROJECT

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Joining us at mama social on Friday 14th October is Rachel Medina, the local coordinator for the Sheffield
charity, the Snowdrop Project. A charity which works to empower survivors of human trafficking to live independently in the community.

Rachel helped to start the charity, while starting a family. She is going to come and talk to the group about how she juggled motherhood with the pressures of setting up a charity.

Rachel will also being telling us about how and why the charity was started and the incredible work they do to support the survivors of human trafficking.

”The Snowdrop Project is named thus because, as the first flower of spring, the Snowdrop must overcome the harsh, cold realities of winter in order to bloom.”

Rachel is coming in to Mama Social on Friday 14th October, 10:30-12 at The Showroom- We hope to see you there!