A warm welcome to Adele Potter, new site sponsor of Bingley Mums and owner of Bingley Birth Therapies.
I started taking an interest in the services available to expectant parents after the birth of my own child. In all honesty I did zero preparation for Eva’s birth, I thought that I’d be ok, that natural instincts would take over. Unfortunately I failed to convince my brain of this and didn’t achieve the all natural birth I had pictured. I know now that while the natural instincts are there, there’s a certain amount of preparation needed to be able to access them at the right time.
This is what I am aiming to help others to do now by offering a holistic range of support through yoga, massage, active birth preparation workshops and hypnobirthing.
I trained in prenatal and postnatal yoga in 2015 and have been providing classes in the area since that time. Prenatal yoga helps mums-to-be to relax and cope with the physical changes to the body during pregnancy while preparing the body and mind for birth.
Postnatal yoga helps new mums to regain the body’s strength and tone after birth while bonding with their babies who are included in the routines, these classes also include yoga poses for the babies to aid in their development.
New mum Natalie Louise Briggs said, “Highly recommend these yoga classes! I first went to Adeles classes when I was about 14 weeks pregnant. It was great to meet other pregnant women and prepare for motherhood! Adele set the tone for a wonderfully relaxing class, which was much needed after a working day. My last session was my night before my planned section. Adele had prepared me for my changing birth plan and breathing techniques to help with any birth. She was one of the most supportive people that relaxed my mind! I couldn’t wait to attend with my baby and meet all the mama’s I knew with bumps. This class is less relaxing – due to the baby in tow but it provides time to stretch aching mummy bodies and bonding time with baby, not to mention still receiving that support from Adele and other mums. I am coming towards the end of my time at yoga now and 14 months later I’ve made lifelong friends…it’s the end of an era. See you for the next one Adele, thanks for all the honest advice!”
I started training in massage in 2016 and am now accomplished in Swedish massage, Pregnancy massage and have recently trained in Warm Bamboo Massage. Offering pregnancy massage to women allows me to provide the nurturing and relaxing aspect in contrast with the physicality of yoga. I found that most mums come back to Massage in the post natal period so I offer the Swedish and Bamboo massages to support them through this time.
Hypnobirthing. I trained with The Wise Hippo in 2017 and have been offering private birthing classes to couples in bradford as an alternative to traditional hospital led hypnobirthing courses.
I enjoy supporting mums through pregnancy and birth then seeing them return to classes with their babies when they are ready. Most mums stay in touch and have reported what elements of the classes have worked well for them which is great feedback and helps inform other mums as well as shape future classes.