Join us for an afternoon of talks, tasters and pampering for you and your baby

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Welcome to a whole new world

Embarking on parenthood can be a bit like trying to find your way in a new town with no map and no guide. It’s an exciting and joyful time with lots to discover, but it can be bewildering and scary at times too.Together with Busylizzy Cheltenham, we want to help you navigate this incredible journey as best we can.Cheltenham is a wonderful place to start a family. In fact, in 2015 Cheltenham was listed by the Telegraph as the number one place in the UK to raise a family. Lynn Simmonds of Hamptons International said: “Excellent schooling, low crime rates, a thriving sporting culture and a bustling town centre all make Cheltenham a natural place for families with children.” It doesn’t really come as any surprise therefore, to find out that lots of families relocate to Cheltenham to have their babies and settle down.

Luckily, Cheltenham has an plethora of groups, classes and services ready to help support you through your pregnancy and then postnatally.

To help you prepare for your new arrival, we wanted to create an event to introduce some of the incredible things on offer in our area. Through talks and tasters, we are aiming to give you an overview of what you can expect both during your pregnancy and birth, and once your baby arrives. As well as trying classes and learning from local experts, you will have the chance to meet other parents in the same boat and begin to find your village. When your baby first arrives, heading out to new places and meeting new people can feel overwhelming, so by enabling you to make connections before you have your little one in tow, we hope to relieve some of that anxiety. There will be time to chat with other parents and ask our experts any questions you may have while you enjoy free tea, coffee and homemade cake.

As well as advice and information, we have also invited a few local baby-focussed businesses to share their products. Browse stalls from some of our favourite baby businesses and take home a free gift bag packed with treats from local companies.

What does my ticket include?

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Information

Talks from local pre- and post-natal experts and the chance to ask them your questions

Tasters

A chance to try out a sample Busylizzy pregnancy exercise class and a Hypnobirthing relaxation session.

Refreshments

Tea/coffee and homemade cake from the Motherhood Society

Shopping

Access to our Mini Market to browse and buy from local baby-related businesses 

 

Gifts

Goodie bag packed with discounts and gifts from amazing local business and big name brands (John Lewis and JoJo Maman Bébé)

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PLUS pre-book a 15 minute massage with the Holistic Hideout for just £10!

Who are BusyLizzy Cheltenham?

Busylizzy Cheltenham is run by local mum, Amy. She hosts a busy schedule of pregnancy and postnatal fitness classes alongside nurturing baby classes, so mums and babies get everything they need from one membership. She has a team of qualified fitness instructors and specialists who deliver everything from Baby Boogie and Pregnancy Pilates to Mummy and Me Aerobics. Busylizzy Cheltenham are based in the stunningly renovated St Philip and St James (Pip and Jim’s) on Grafton Road making it the perfect venue for Bumps, Birth and Beyond.

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Prenatal stress: How it affects our babies and how we can combat it

Dr Kylie Foster, Organic Family Chiropractic

Pregnancy Stretch

Karen Lowe, Blossom Personal Training 

Pre- and Post-natal Fitness: The Dos and Don’ts

Lottie Keble-Wyatt, Cheltenham Wellbeing Festival

Hypnobirthing: Relaxation and Visualisation

Beccy Angove, The Beautiful Birth Club

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Prenatal stress: How it affects our babies and how we can combat it

Dr Kylie Foster, Organic Family Chiropractic

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Pregnancy Stretch

Karen Lowe, Blossom Personal Training

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Pre- and Post-natal Fitness: The Dos and Don’ts

Lottie Keble-Wyatt, Cheltenham Wellbeing Festival

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Hypnobirthing: Relaxation and Visualisation

Beccy Angove, The Beautiful Birth Club

Experts
Dr Kylie Foster

Dr Kylie Foster is a prenatal and paediactric specialised chiropractor. This essentially means that she looks after babies both when they are inside the womb and beyond, as well as helping with he typical back pain, neck pain and headaches that adults can struggle with. Most pregnant women find themselves battling through poor energy and sleep issues as well as hip, back and groin discomfort. Dr Kylie will be joining us for a talk on Prenatal Stress: How it affects our babies and how we can combat it. With the current Covid situation affecting many areas of maternity care, it is no surprise that pregnant people are suffering more with stress and anxiety than usual. Dr Kylie will be offering reassurance and information to help you combat those negative thoughts and regain control over your stress levels so you can prepare yourself for birth both physically and emotionally.

Lottie Keble-Wyatt

Lottie is one of two directors of Cheltenham Wellbeing Festival, a mum to two gorgeous girls and has buckets of experience working in the health and fitness industry. During the afternoon she will talk you through some fitness dos and don’ts for pregnancy and postnatally, enabling both you and your baby to stay fit and well.

Pregnancy Stretch and Strengthen

Karen Lowe is a pre- and post-natal qualified personal trainer whose goal is to encourage, motivate and inspire her clients to blossom into the happiest, healthiest versions of themselves. Alongside her own personal training business, she runs weekly classes at Busylizzy Cheltenham including their Mummy and Me Bootcamp. Karen has been with Busylizzy Cheltenham since the start! She has a passion to help encourage and motivate Busylizzy members to feel fit and strong. She welcomed her own little bundle of joy mid-pandemic so understands the importance of safe exercise. During the taster session Karen will show you how you can combine stretching and strenghening exercises to stay fit and well in pregnancy and beyond.

Hypnobirthing - Relaxation and Visualisation

Beccy Angove aims to help parents prepare for a birth experience that’s positive, not perfect, using the Calm Birth School Hypnobirthing method. She believes that every birthing person deserves to look back on the day they birthed their baby with “feelings of pride, strength [and] empowerment.”

Beccy is based in Stroud and offers Hypnobirthing sessions across the Cotswolds including Cirencester, Gloucester and Cheltenham. Through her sessions you will learn techniques that will help you feel and be more in control during your labour and birth – techniques that you can take with you through the rest of your lfe to help you cope with challanging situations.

Beccy will be leading a 20 minute relaxation session, introducing you to some of the techniques used in Hypnobirthing and giving you some tips for calming any anxiety around your pregnancy and birth.

Tasters
Self-care

One of the key elements of the Motherhood Society are our Self-care Sessions. At least once a month we invite an expert in to pamper, educate or instruct you in something creative. One of our most popular visting experts is without a doubt the Holistic Hideout.

Natasha Greening has more than 15 years experience in the beauty industry. Formerly the Spa Manager for Clarins, she says “I noticed many of my clients found it hard to juggle work, family life, working long hours and have minimal time to look after themselves. I created The Hideout to make treatments more convenient and personal, with the same 5* spa experience”. As a mother herself, she understands the issues that pregnancy, feeding and lifting small people can cause. The Holistic Hideout is so popular that Natasha now has multiple therapists, and we are delighted to be joined by Poppy.

A 15 minute massage is an additional £10, so please select your preferred time when booking your tickets. Bare in mind that some slots may overlap with other talks or tasters, so please be mindful of what is a priority to you. 

Our Mini Market
Daphne and Margot

Daphne and Margot

Daphne & Margot is a Cheltenham based handmade children’s wear brand offering stylish play clothes for 0-9s. Established in 2017, Daphne & Margot is owned and sewn by Jo who named the company after her daughters. Jo believes children’s clothes should be comfortable, super-soft and fun to wear, many of the fabrics are organic and sourced straight from the designers. All orders are lovingly handmade and beautifully packaged.

Bloom Baby Balm

Bloom Baby Balm

Bloom Baby Balm has been developed by Judith Humphreys, Holistic Therapist and Pink and Green Skincare. Judith is a massage and reflexology therapist who teaches parents baby massage and reflexology locally. Her massage balm is made with 100% natural ingredients making it ideal for parents who are looking for a product that was cruelty free and natural – perfect to be used from birth. Judith also teaches a weekly Baby Massage class at Busylizzy Cheltenham.

Lovesay and Mo

Lovesay and Mo

After struggling to find unisex baby clothing that was well made, planet friendly and wasn’t white or yellow, Megan decided to put her Textile Design Degree to use. Alongside her desire to help the planet – and create a brand that was approachable, gender neutral and above all sustainable she aims to encourage people to buy quality over quantity and purchase products that can be passed on between families and friends.

John Lewis Cheltenham – Baby Advisory Services

We are delighted to be welcoming the experts from John Lewis Baby Advisory Service to answer any questions you may have about equipment or nursery furniture. John Lewis offer free in-store and virtual appointments so you can access their All Things Baby services at a time and place to suit you.