NHM Inspirational Mum (Nov 2017): Jaz McCarthy

CONGRATULATIONS Jaz McCarthy at Caterpillar Music Basingstoke!!!

Thank you very much to everyone who nominated someone for this month’s “NHM Inspirational Mum!

A massive THANK YOU also to all of the lovely Mum Business Owners who have donated a prize that Jaz can choose from!!!

Well done Jaz and keep up the AWESOME work!!!!

If you would like to nominate someone for December’s award, please email me at NorthHantsMum@gmail.com by the 5th of December and include a couple of paragraphs as to why you are nominating this Mum. I will then let everyone know who will be the “Inspirational Mum” for December and people can email further comments before the announcement is officially made in the middle of December.

NHM Inspirational Mum (Nov 2017): Jaz McCarthy

Jaz McCarthy who runs Caterpillar Music Basingstoke

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Christine: I’d happily nominate Jaz McCarthy of Caterpillar music. She’s a brilliant Mum, kind and fun! Her three kids are just like her, lovely and cheeky. She’s a brilliant friend, always cheery and willing to help anyone. She went out of her way to get to know me when I was new to the area. She’s also an incredible business woman. She’s a really hard worker and her entrepreneurial spirit is definitely to be admired. Her limitless energy and ideas and enthusiasm are really inspiring. My children LOVE her class and it’s not easy to keep them entertained. Caterpillar music has been one of my favourite classes for years now

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Libby: I have attended jaz’s class with all my 5 children for years and she truly is wonderful, enthusiastic, friendly, reliable, unique and a deserving winner! She is so brilliant and trains her staff to be exactly the same! xxx

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Claire: Jaz is amazing !!!…..How she is so enthusiastic so early in the morning, remembers everyone’s names and is super creative I will never know.
Thank you for also acknowledging children with additional needs and putting things in place for them. Even if it’s just extra time with cuddles. Thoughtful and caring.
What a super mum – Thank you !!

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Nicky: I work for Jaz at caterpillar music, prior to that I took my little girls to her music classes. She is a great person to work for, caring, fun & creative & so energetic. She always has a smile even when she’s had to deal with some family health issues
I think she’s inspirational having built up a fantastically successful business whilst young with 3 little ones, & made it look easy when I know it is far from it.

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NHM Inspirational Mum (Oct 2017): Helen Hill

Thank you very much to everyone who nominated someone for this month’s “NHM Inspirational Mum”!!!

I wish that I had a physical prize that I could give to Helen for her award this month, but instead she’s just going to have to enjoy the kudos of being one of the first Inspirational Mum’s on NorthHantsMum.

Well done Helen and keep up the AWESOME work!!!!

If you would like to nominate someone for November’s award, please email me at NorthHantsMum@gmail.com before the end of October and include a couple of paragraphs as to why you are nominating this Mum. I will then let everyone know who will be the “Inspirational Mum” for November and people can email further comments before the announcement is officially made in the middle of November.

NHM Inspirational Mum (Oct 2017): Helen Hill

Helen Hill who runs Buggyfit: Basingstoke & Tadley

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Emma: I wanted to add another nomination for Helen as an inspirational mum for all her work with BuggyFit and Running Mummies.

I joined BuggyFit at the end of March this year when my baby boy Harrison was 5 months old. Helen was the only person I’d met post-baby to know so much about the physical damage and recovery after having a baby, and all the things I was doing wrong which was making things worse!

She was so supportive and factual about what I needed to do to exercise and recover safely, and not just physically but emotional support too. She then got me into her running group of mummies and helped offer free running sessions together with other new friends. This weekend she helped encourage other mums to go along to Park Run too

She’s an inspiration because of the amount of positive physical and mental support she offers us mums out of her own free time, whilst also balancing her own family

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Sarah: Helen is a really inspirational Mum. Her Buggyfit classes are super fun and geared towards getting your body back slowly and safely after birth. The exercises are all safe and scaled to your fitness level and the time after birth. She is a patient and kind teacher who always takes the time to correct my lack of coordination!

At classes Helen always finds a way to include any toddlers – she lets my 3 year old daughter join in the exercises or play with the bands, balls and cones. This really helps when you are stressed with two little ones.
More than just running the classes Helen has made Buggyfit a group with a social aspect to help us Mums have a chat and get advice and perspectives from other Mums. There are coffee stops after classes, charity walks and a really chatty WhatsApp group. She has built up a true network for local Mums……and I am really grateful for the support.
She is an inspirational Mum…..Thank you Helen.

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Maria: Helen Hill is definitely an inspiring mum! I first met Helen about 6 Months ago at my first Buggyfit class. As soon I arrived she made me feel welcome and her wealth of knowledge of post natal care/exercise/pelvic floor is impressive and reassuring that you know you are in good hands.

I love Helen’s classes from Buggyfit with the babies and the evening classes for just the mums.

Helen will bring her son along to some of the Buggyfit classes, he’s a lovely little boy, well loved and cheers us ladies on. And the odd occasion when her little boy is not so happy it’s good to see Helen as a mum, so she understands and knows the struggles of motherhood. And additionally there is no awkwardness or embarrassment if your baby acts up in the Buggyfit class.

Helen is a lovely lady , fantastic instructor and a credit to the mother and baby world.

She is definitely an inspiring mum in my eyes

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Hannah: I was lucky enough to meet Helen when our boys started at nursery together. No matter what she always had a smile on her face. We got talking and eventually got dragged me out running and explained her motivation was the abuse that had been shouted at her when running on the streets so she decided to set up Basingstoke Running Mummies to encourage people to buddy up and get fit.

As well as running this she was working 5 days a week, looking after a toddler and a teenager. I was impressed how well she coped with everything when may of us moan about working and parenting. When she came up with the plan to start teaching buggyfit she added on her health and fitness modules on top of everything she had going on. When she took the leap in December/January

I was so impressed that she decided to launch buggyfit at potentially the worst time of year with many not wanting to brave the elements especially with a small child in toe however her enthusiasm and passion won over women and week by week the numbers grew. Helen was never too shy to impart her wisdom on the ladies and give details explanations as to why she was doing what she was doing and how the body needed to repair.

Helen was never about calorie burning and quick results but repairing your body. Her approach was something I had never seen before. Even with the classes growing and locations spreading she still wanted to learn more as she didn’t feel she knew enough. From January to now her passion for learning and healing the female body astounds me. She truly wants to “fix” everyone she can.

The bravery she has shown in expanding her skill set, starting up circuits and boxercise as well as more tailored sessions in small groups focusing on core repair is amazing. Sometimes I wish she talked a little less about pelvic floor but her support and teaching as given me a new confidence which I may not have had before. I am truly lucky to have such a good friend and trainer. She is one in a million ❤

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Fiona: I nominated Helen as a local inspiring Mum for a number of reasons. I met Helen via the Facebook page you created for local Mums and babies when I was expecting my second child. We met up in person at the NCT coffee and chat sessions on a Friday and from there created a little group of Mums who had babies of a similar age.

While I don’t know her back story completely, I do know that she had her first child at a young age and fostered a second girl for a long period of time who is now back with her family. When she returned to work she struggled with juggling the needs of Oscar who has battled repeated bouts of illness with work; and as a result she felt pushed out of her role due to conflicting commitments.

With the desire to loose weight after Oscar she had already started up her own running group on FB following the couch to 5km training and saw the need for a ‘normal’ body size fitness coach. She trained herself up to offer a service as a Buggyfit instructor and now has over 100 clients who she coaches and inspires to be the best they can be.

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ChillMAMA Pregnancy Meditation with Marie Behenna

If you are expecting a baby and need help to mentally prepare, as well as take time to connect with your growing baby, or even have a fear of what type of labour awaits you, the ChillMAMA Pregnancy Meditation with Marie Behenna is now available to download for just £2.99.

This 13 minute affirmation and mediation piece is on the same shorter version taught in Marie’s Basingstoke classes and written in her book The FitMama™ Method (Souvenir Press 2912)

Marie Behenna has helped 1000’s of women in the run up to giving birth, with fitness classes, one to ones, and meditation.

Download Links:

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/chillmama/id1292661821?i=1292661832

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/6FJIoGcjlDc2HdCyh6ftZ7

Amazon: http://amzn.eu/jhvDlQw

CD Baby: https://store.cdbaby.com/m/cd/mariebehenna2

Follow this link to read about the live recording by producer Garry Webb of Prodbear: http://prodbear.co.uk/blog/

Best wishes

Marie Behenna

Director : Studio 41 Fitness Ltd

Founder & Author: The FitMama™ Method

www.fitmamastudio.com

Www.studiofortyone.co.uk

Tel:  01256 369 291

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Inspirational Mum’s: “The Boppypants and the pants that blew off”

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Hello

I would like to tell you a bit about what me and another local mum have been up too.

Wendy and I have been working since November on creating a children’s story book based on a story Wendy wrote over a year ago.

We have made her dream words on paper turn into a fab (if I do say so myself) children’s book called “The Boppypants and the pants that blew off”.

On Thursday we received a order of 50 of our books and launched our website and Facebook page …. today we have sold out! And have a second delivery of 50 coming Friday!!

This story is the first in a series of books we are going to be writing with the second coming out end of march hopefully.

The website is www.boppypants.com and the Facebook page is www.facebook.com/Boppypants

You will find images on both and a sneak reveal of the book on the website.

Sam

Illustrator of The Boppypants

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Review 2016: FitMama book

Emma sent me a lovely message asking if she could publish her FitMama book review on NorthHantsMum.

I hear great things about FitMama. I know of lots of local Mum’s who have read the book and done the course (based in Basingstoke!) and they rave about FitMama!

With hindsight I wish I’d signed up!

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Review 2016: FitMama book

I recently decided that after 2 years since giving birth, I should actually get my body checked to see how it had recovered. This led me to book an appointment with Marie Behenna aka ‘The Fitmama’. I wrote about some of my experience of this in my blog Getting my body back to it’s best.

Through chatting, Marie told me she had also written a book for Mum’s to be and new Mum’s. I was intrigued by this as I was pretty useless during my pregnancy , I didn’t enjoy most of it, I was uncomfortable and achy and I didn’t even attend an antenatal class! So I bought a copy from Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/FitMama-Method-complete-confidence-fitness/dp/0285640860/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1462882817&sr=8-1&keywords=fitmama+method+book

The book opens with a testimony from an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist who had first hand experience of using the Fitmama™ Method six weeks after giving birth. This is somebody who knows from her own work what effect pregnancy and birth can have on your body, yet she still needed to seek further help and advice from Marie.

‘Not only did Marie’s postnatal pelvic floor repair class encourage me to get back safely into pre-pregnancy shape, it also provided me with social interaction with women in similar circumstances’.

Marie explains so heart warmingly why she is so passionate about her work and pregnant women. I got the real sense of her being somebody you could trust and that her book was going to be full of genuine, backed up advice and not just a new ‘fad’.

‘I witness the miracle of developing life on a daily basis. My life with these women was not an accident! It was born of a desire to give women what I wanted during my pregnancies: knowledge, choice, confidence and fitness for child birth’. 

She is an advocate for exercising during pregnancy; it is now known that it is beneficial to both Mum and baby. It strengthens the body during a strenous time and can aid in a better labour and birth. However, she also believes in listening to your body’s needs so if it is telling you to rest, you must do just that. It isn’t about being an athlete, but about remaining fit and healthy.

The book includes great colour photo’s throughout which demonstrate how to correctly carry out exercises, moves, stretches and to get your body positions right. All exercises have been used by Marie for over 10 years and are all suitable to carried out during the whole of the pregnancy. She focuses on keeping the pelvic floor strong, allowing better breathing for Mum’s when the baby becomes larger and also provides techniques for during labour.

Good nutrition is vital during and after pregnancy. Did you know that your diet can have a lot to do with the development of stretch marks?! Marie has included an eating plan for during pregnancy and then there are healthy recipes at the back of the book which have been provided by Barbara Bradbury, a naturopathic nutritional therapist.

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The book also includes quotes from women who have used the Fitmama™ Method and who have attended classes by Marie. They offer first hand advice and tips which gives the book a more personal feel.

Not only does Marie provide advice for the Mum’s to be but she also offers it up for the birthing partners and emphasises how important it is to be there for the woman during her labour; plus to say the right things!! haha. I love that tips include to pack snacks for the partner as they are so often overlooked during the hospital stay, it just goes to show how she really does think of everybody.

The relaxation techniques were so in depth and soothing that I even felt myself drifting off as I was reading them! I could have most definitely done with these during my labour, my stress and worry was a little too high- maybe with techniques such as these I may have had a smoother delivery?

As the book comes to an end I absolutely love the fact that she stands by the opinion that baby comes first and that they need you so much more than your skinny jeans do! So many women think they need to bounce straight back into shape after having a baby and they need to somehow ‘impress’ others. It is important to remain fit and healthy but after having a baby your body needs to heal, rest and recover. Her whole outlook is about doing what is best throughout pregnancy and post-partum, it is not about looking your best.

I am most definitely going to re-read this book during my next pregnancy and use all her tips and advice to try and have a more comfortable pregnancy and, fingers crossed, a natural birth.

I will leave you with Marie’s final word:

‘My final message to you before you deliver your precious child, no matter what mixed emotions you may be feeling, can only be this:

Go with the flow

Don’t rule anything out

Give yourself permission to change your mind

Be yourself, don’t be afraid to make a noise

If you need help, take it, don’t be a martyr!

And most of all, accept the many moments labour presents you with: this is progress to the greatest achievement of your life.

Go on girl, you can do this! And we are all behind you!’

You can find out much more about Marie’s methods on her website.

written by Emma Reed

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Inspirational Mum’s: Dreams Do Come True!

Thank you to Lia for today’s “Inspirational Mum” post!

I have no idea how Lia and Lucas got through this.

THE JOURNEY TO MY DREAM JOB … HOW LONGCROFT LUXURY CAT HOTEL PAMBER HEATH CAME TO BE.

I am always asked by people how I came to be the owner of Longcroft Luxury Cat Hotel in Pamber Heath.  The answer is not a short one I’m afraid, but if you are interested, here’s a little story for you …

At the age of 26, having previously worked in a Psychiatric unit and then as a support worker for Mencap, I had moved from Hampshire to Wales with my partner and cats and was slogging through my final year of a Psychology degree at Swansea University.  We were delighted when I discovered I was pregnant and agreed that we could just about make it work through my final year of uni, working around my partners’ shifts and my studies with a new baby.

Everything changed though when my 20 week scan revealed that my baby had a very serious congenital abdominal condition called Gastroschisis, which, as I quickly learned, meant that his small bowel was on the outside of his body.  The shock of finding out such news is life-altering and devastating in equal measures.  There was nothing I could do whilst pregnant except keep healthy and busy, so I continued my studies in between numerous scans and hospital check-ups.  When I went into labour 6 weeks early, there were no special care baby beds available in Wales and I was taken by ambulance to Birmingham Women’s Hospital where my son Lucas was born by emergency caesarean.

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He was immediately taken away from us and transferred to Birmingham Children’s Hospital, where he had his first operation of many at just a couple of hours old, his condition far worse than any of the scans had prepared us or the doctors for.  To cut a very, very long story short, we spent the next 8 months living in hospital with Lucas while he battled for his life, enduring several operations, countless life-threatening infections and a desperate fight by the doctors to save his small bowel.  He ultimately lost almost all but 10% of his small bowel and was fed intravenously, directly into his bloodstream via an intravenous line into a vein near his heart, thus totally bypassing his dysfunctional digestive system.  Whilst fulfilling his complete nutritional needs intravenously, this method of nutrition (known as TPN) is also dangerous to other organs, and before long, Lucas was diagnosed with liver disease and several other complications.

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And so it went on for 5 months at Birmingham Children’s Hospital before being transferred closer to our families to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London for another 3 months. Obviously, my degree was now a thing of the past – no longer either possible, or remotely important.  During this time, Lucas’ health became more stable, and we were taught how to connect Lucas to his TPN machines at home.  It was the most daunting, and wholly responsible thing I’ve ever had to learn, with life-threatening consequences for Lucas if either of us got it wrong, but by this stage, we just wanted to take him home, and I would have done anything!  Living in a hospital for 8 months is a VERY long time!  Luckily, our lovely neighbours in Wales had been looking after our cats, but I missed them terribly and was delighted to be reunited with them when we finally got out of hospital and moved back to Hampshire again.

When Lucas was a toddler, his dad and I parted ways, still the very best of friends, but the next several years coping, essentially as a single mum were very hard.  Lucas and his health were the only priorities in my life and our lives pretty much revolved around Lucas’ healthcare regime, connecting him to his machines each night and traipsing to various different specialist hospitals during the day as well as more emergency situations than I could count.  Lucas started school, but rarely made it through a week without missing days due to appointments or ill-health.

We were told by his consultants at Great Ormond Street that it was unlikely that the tiny scrap of small bowel that Lucas had left would ever adapt enough for him to absorb the nutrients from actual food enough to sustain him without the TPN.  However, I wanted to try.  I wanted Lucas to not give up and not limit the possibilities of his future without trying.  So began a battle of wills for several years, with me encouraging Lucas to eat actual food, and Lucas resisting – not enjoying food – having missed out on that vital ‘critical period’ of learning to eat when he was a baby.  It was a very slow burn, but Lucas eventually started to enjoy a very small selection of specific foods and we built on that, day-by-day, week-by-week and month-by-month until Lucas was able to eat enough food to enjoy the odd night TPN-free.  It was this that spurred him on to keep trying to eat more and different foods.  He loved the freedom of not being connected to a feeding pump at bedtime – being able to get up and go the loo without having to drag his rucksack containing his TPN and his pump behind him (it was too heavy for him to lift for years!)  Not having to worry about whether his lines were going to get wrapped around his body or neck during the night when he turned over and risk pulling his line out of his heart.

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Inspirational Mum’s! Your Teething Baby: From one parent to another

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My name is Emma Reed and I am a married Mother of one. My son, Jake, arrived as a fantastic Christmas present on 25 December 2013 and is now a very active toddler, keeping me very fit and always on my toes! I was lucky enough to be able to give up work to become a stay at home Mum once Jake came along and I love getting the quality time to spend with him.

During his growth he suffered terribly with his teething and I struggled to find help, support and advice even after speaking to doctors and a dentist. I began to research this development myself and found I became quite an expert! A friend once said to me ‘you know so much, you should write a book!’ and from that the idea just grew and one sunny day last August I began to write and never stopped. I would write and research whilst my son napped and in the evening. I have learnt how to create the covers and layout, I have carried out all of the research, as well as sourcing the images and speaking to every company I have written about. It has been a labour of love to try and get all the information into one place for other parents to be able to refer to and to be able to help.

I have included all the information that I felt I would want to know about teething- I think it is an area that is very overlooked, but considering every person goes through it in their lives you would think we would know a lot more and that more help and advice would be offered.

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The book includes sections on what teething is, the order teeth appear, the history of teething, the remedies currently on the market, old wives’ tales, remedies from around the world, symptoms and oral care. I have also included parents quotes to give a personal touch. I really hope it can help and reassure many future parents.

The book is available on Amazon as a paperback for £10.99.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Your-Teething-Baby-parent-another/dp/1518680356/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1457016791&sr=8-1&keywords=your+teething+baby

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