If you were thinking, “what next?” after your baby shower, or need a helping hand through the minefield of pregnancy and birth? Look no further…two lovely ladies, Simone and Gemma aka The Baby Planners could be just what you’re looking for!
The Baby Planners are Simone and Gemma, two Nannies with 20 years of experience between them. They have worked with large families, non-traditional families and families from a mixture of different faiths and cultures, as well as with twins and premature babies.
Gemma and Simone realised that using their expertise, knowledge and excellent contacts within the childcare industry they could provide advice and practical help to new parents, as well as save them time, money and energy when it came to researching products and services.
“From pregnancy to birth, through to that first day at school, The Baby Planners can be with you every step of the way. “
By giving you peace of mind that you have made the right choices for your family The Baby Planners ensure that you have a happy, healthy, worry free pregnancy and can relax and enjoy your new baby.
The Baby Planners know that pregnancy can be an exciting yet overwhelming time, from picking an antenatal class to decorating the nursery to deciding on a birth plan. They offer a wide variety of services to help you have a stress free, relaxing pregnancy.
As the girls were beautified by fabulous hair and make up artists Nibras and Sandra we had time for a quick chat (and some cupcake eating) before getting down to some serious posing with our fantastic photographer Loraine Ffrench.
Unsurprisingly, the Girls Playground is model Amelie’s favourite baby shower theme too. Complete with vintage pick and mix bar, popcorn, chocolate fountain, milkshakes or cocktails, it’s perfect for the less traditional girl who’s fun at heart – just like our Amelie! She likes the idea of having a baby shower and she’d definitely want “plenty of games and wouldn’t want to take myself too seriously.”
Febe is now 7 months pregnant and it suits her – she’s wearing a great outfit for the workplace – a wonderful wrap dress by Pretty Pregnant that comfortably compliments her growing shape, Luckily for her, she’s escaped the trials of morning sickness and has a wonderfully stress-free pregnancy, and is looking forward to being a mum and bringing in the new year her bundle of joy. Febe was worried that maternity clothes could look frumpy, but we think she looked amazing in this outfit – it’s great for everyday wear or even a Midweek Mini office baby shower.
Kelly, says, ‘I love the outfits – there’s so much more choice for women now when it comes to maternity clothes. Well dressed pregnant women look amazing!” She’s a big fan of our Midsummer Tea baby shower, is ideal for a traditional British take on a traditional baby shower, and fits the surroundings at Betty Blythe perfectly.
Hidden in a quiet Brook Green backstreet, the café and private tea room, inspired by Hollywood Starlet Betty Blythe pantry has a wardrobe full of chic dress-up clothes, picnic hampers overflowing with vintage accessories and can host parties of up to sixteen guests – great for a Before Baby shower, hen party or any other special get-together with your nearest and dearest.
We’ve scoured the web, asked mums, midwives, and mums-to-be and used our own experiences to come up with a list of unanimously great and useful essentials that mum-to-be must have for a beautiful and blissful labour.
We say that half of loving your labour is in the planning, (the other half is probably down to a calm attitude, luck and prayer), so don’t be caught out by leaving packing your bag to the last minute! Most importantly, don’t leave it to chance and let someone else pack it for you. Stressed boyfriend /husband /best friend packing hospital bag = angry woman in labour…a situation to be avoided at all costs, for your sanity and their safety….
So what would we recommend for a blissful birth? Here’s a list of our maternity must-have’s for labour…
Maternity nightdress and dressing gown set – Make sure this is comfortable enough for easy access breastfeeding (Baggy t-shirts will never do the trick and could prove awkward for you and any visitors in the hospital.) This is a great investment as a well chosen supersoft cotton stretchy ensemble will take you through pregnancy comfortably with your growing bump, will be smart for the hospital, and allow for months of easy access breastfeeding after birth.
Slippers – for all of that moving around you’ll be doing round the delivery room!
Maternity pads – we recommend at least a pack or two of long, soft and absorbent towels!
Towel and toiletries – shampoo, conditioner, bodywash, soap, lotion, facial moisturiser, deodorising wipes, toothbrush, toothpaste and large towel
Hairbrush, hairband and flannel– there is nothing worse than being hot, and sweaty with hair on your face so make sure you take a few bands to tie back hair and a damp flannel for your face
Labour massage oil– It’s about time your partner shared the hard work – make them feel useful by handing them a natural labour massage oil and letting them massage the areas that need it. In particular, Midwives have touted lavender & clary sage as found in our Birthing Oil as a special miracle pain relieving blend for labour, used for centuries to help ease pain and act as a uterine stimulant. Plus massage is a proven form of natural pain relief. We say it’s a must have: anything that could naturally help the pain gets our vote!
Cooling and refreshing spray – a labour mist spray is a maternity must have – you will get hot and bothered and our Birthing Mist is a blend perfect for labour. Just keep in the fridge till around your due date, and apply a natural blend of pure soothing neroli orange blossom and hormone balancing geranium. It smells so good you’ll want to use it all the time (trust us on this!) and can be spritzed on sheets, face or body for instant energizing.
Maternity knickers – disposables or dark coloured are great for the hospital
Breast pads – just in case your milk comes through, a couple of pairs of disposable breast pads might come in handy to save
Lip salve – Gas and air are a killer on the lips, so to ease dryness, take a fresh lipbalm to moisten. Our natural blend contains peppermint and shea butter to help ease any labour sickness.
So that’s everything for mum-to-be…all you’ve got to do is add in a beautiful newborn layette set of your choice (make sure it includes a hat/booties and mitts) , nappies, blanket, cotton wool for cleaning and wiping, plus the all important bits you’d never forget – a camera to catch those memories, birth plan, partner and a relaxed attitude) and you’re good to go!
Just so you’ve got one less thing to worry about, we’ve put all of the listed items for mum-to-be together for you in our luxury prepacked Love Your Labour Birthing Bag so that you can simply relax, revive, and refresh in labour with no hassle. It’s one less thing to worry about, leaving you time to concentrate on the important stuff: (being excited about your new arrival/ working out how to use your birthing ball/ choosing baby’s first outfit/ practicing your pelvic floor exercises!)
GET IN TOUCH: Take a picture with your Love Your Labour hospital bag and send it in to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet a photo to @beforebaby on Twitter and get a natural baby massage oil and bubble bath for free!