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We’ve got a guest blog from one of our own clients today, Dean & Steph from Daddynatal and Bump, Birth & Beyond. They’ve had a brilliant week, going from teaching local classes, to national coverage via a TV appearance. I thought it would be really helpful for other people who have small businesses to hear that opportunities for national coverage are out there, if you’re prepared to work hard and make the most of the opportunities available…..
While everyone else seems to be winding down for Easter things have never been busier at Bump Birth and Beyond Ltd. It has been a hectic week, but a very positive hectic week!
Our busy week kicked off on Saturday, listening to the first interview Dean had recorded for The Baby Show broadcast on Star Radio. The interview was focused on the role of the dad in pregnancy, and very exciting for us, as it was the first ‘official’ interview Dean had done, and it definitely was a great learning experience.
Then, Sunday saw us officially announce our partnership with Peterborough City Hospital at Peterborough Baby Show. Bump, Birth and Beyond are now running DaddyNatal and Active Birth Classes, on behalf of the hospital, free to parents. How fantastic to have a Head of Midwifery who is so forward thinking, she really is one of the first in the country to recognise that fathers/birth partners have huge antenatal education needs which have never (until now!) been met.
There was an excellent response to the news of the classes, with signups both on the day and since. Both courses are already 10% full, and we are still awaiting the formal press release and for the community midwifery team to start promotion yet!
Sunday also marked the completion of the first part of training for our new Daisy Birthing teacher, Alison. Courses have been so successful that Steph cannot keep up with demand on her own, so we are extremely excited about Alison’s arrival. She will commence teaching in June which will allow us to offer more courses in even more locations.
On Monday and Tuesday evenings, Steph was out teaching her regular Daisy Birthing classes in Peterborough and St Ives. Steph teaches classes to around 40 pregnant ladies a week, as well as managing all the bookings and day-to-day admin of the company. And she looks after our two toddlers full time as well!
Little did we realise what more the week still held in store… At 10pm Wednesday evening, Steph arrived home from yet another Daisy Birthing class to the news that Dean had been invited down the next day onto The Vanessa Show on Channel 5 to talk about fathers at birth. Turns out a producer had heard his interview on The Baby Show website and wanted him there for a discussion segment about birth! How could we refuse…?!
So scrapping all previous arrangements for Thursday, Dean travelled to London to record the show. To say he was nervous would be a major understatement! He was petrified to be doing his first TV appearance only a few days after his very first ever live media interview! But, of course, he was also really excited. The people were brilliant and he had the pleasure of meeting and talking to Pearl Lowe and Christina Hopkinson, as part of the segment on the discussion of fathers at birth. They were lovely and certainly put Dean at ease (although nerves kicked back in once the cameras started rolling!). You can see his appearance here and judge for yourselves how Dean got on at The Vanessa Show.
Feel free to comment as we would love to hear your feedback. It was a long day though – Dean left home at 11.30am, and didn’t get home again until 8.30pm (luckily Thursdays are Steph’s evening off!)
But there was still work to be done… Friday saw us at a meeting at Peterborough Hospital to discuss some of the logistics of our partnership, and then followed by an agreement that we would produce contact and reference packs for the community midwives, so that became our focus on Saturday!
However, the support and excitement of what we are doing, coming direct from the midwives is so refreshing. It really is a pleasure to be working with them all.
And finally, we finished the week on Sunday with one of our Couples Antenatal Workshops in Kettering. Our classes are jointly run between the both of us, to make sure that we cover all the essential points from both the mum and birth partner perspective. It was a really great class – we thoroughly enjoyed it, and then arrived home in time to spend the remainder of the afternoon in the garden with our two children.
So a busy week made busier by some unforeseen media appearances! A great experience though and we look forward to seeing what the next few weeks brings us.
So that was our hectic week how was yours?
I read this article with great interest. A Manchester hospital is introducing tagging but security guards are no longer being employed or services decreased.
Is this another cost saving initiative that will go wrong or a clever idea?
My 3 day stay after the birth of my daughter was in a labour ward where visitors had to buzz to get in and staff had a code to tap in. To me this felt quite secure. Visitors had to report to a desk and I am pretty sure that a security guard was pacing the halls at night.
The tagging system discussed in the article does make me wonder how ‘safe’ this is, how secure and how reliable. Although the hospital still have their security measures, such as the ones I encountered above, how soon will staff become reliant or relaxed because they have this in place? Is this system really needed? No where are statistics shared on the effect this has on child abduction or the electronic waves pulsing next to baby’s skin.
Relying on electronics where a person can do a job is not always the way forward. Failures in systems, false alarms happen and although I am sure that the tags are probably put through their paces we cannot rely on them fully.
In the long run will this only cost more money?
Things are perking up here at WCHQ (that’s Weston Comms HQ, I’ve decided to give us a title…) Why? Because I’ve finally listened to what people are telling me. I know, funny eh? Yesterday Karlee Aiken, of Aiken Bodiestold me that she’d been waiting for me to call her as she was so keen to rebook her advertising in the Chelmsford New Baby Guide. She advertised in the New Baby Guide, and one other place in the last 12 months.
The Chelmsford New Baby Guide has worked so well for her business that it’s all she’s going to do for the next 12 months. That’s such a powerful testimonial isn’t it?
I was so pleased to hear Karlee tell me that. We’ve never actually met, but I’ve told so many people about her classes and what she does, as she’s a great example of really working positively with women to help them get out of the house and exercise whilst keeping their babies with them. I’d never told her this of course, as I didn’t want to sound too cheesy with a client…
So today I’m going to email three people with testimonials:
1. Debi Hogston of Waterbabies – for making my littlest excited at the prospect of “Debi swimming” rather than sobbing at the mention of the word swimming…
2. Tracey Jane Hughes of Bras4Mums – for uplifting my boobs (literally) and uplifiting my business (through her support and advice)
3. Natasha of Buxton Press – for being reliable, smart and cost effective printers
Actually, there’s a number 4. Weleda baby– Jacqueline told me that she’d finally tried the Weleda Baby range as I’d been “going on about it” – the calendula shampoo and body wash has sorted Samuel’s skin out nicely and the nappy cream is their no 1 choice now for bottom care. You can’t get much better than that can you? Wait, you can! You can get free stuff from them – check out their facebook page and see what you can win! I’ve had a lush Rose Soap. It is lovely…
Who could you write a testimonial for today? Who do you use, like or appreciate? Tell them about it!!