I cannot believe that Little B has hit the 6 month mark already. Time has flown and I am already cooing over friends’ newborns and eagerly awaiting my niece to be born so I can get my teeny person fix. For those out there expecting babes – 2014 is going to be a life changer.
Before Christmas, I had time to have a coffee with a couple of ladies who very much play a part in preparing the ladies of London for the arrival of their wee ones – the girls behind The Bump Class. Sisters Dr Chiara Hunt and Marina Fogle, inspired by their own prenatal experiences, launched their very own version of practical antenatal classes to prepare parents for the ‘birth and beyond’. Aided by their team of experts, which include a breastfeeding specialist, a physiotherapist and working midwife, The Bump Class offers non judgemental and unbiased advice covering all aspects leading up to childbirth but also crucially they focus on life at home once your baby has arrived. I totally subscribe to their ethos that the more knowledge you are armed with, the more informed decision you will be able to make. Their classes inspire that precious confidence so needed for any mummy-in-waiting. The support network and friendships built at the Bump Class far outlast the 8 weeks of the ante-natal course and a Father’s Evening should ensure no comedy fainting come delivery. So if you are excitedly expecting a new arrival this year then take a look and get involved.
Princess asked Marina…
What are your 3 favourite things in life?
Running around Hyde Park at sunrise on a frosty morning with my dog Maggi.
Taking the children for a ride around the fields in our ancient Land Rover with no roof, lovingly called Neville.
Snuggling up by the fire with the children in their pyjamas for a story before bed.
London’s best kept secret for kids?
On a sunny weekend, Brunch at The Drawing Room Café at Fulham Palace – there’s seating outside and wonderfully large lawn surrounded by ancient trees – a natural playground to keep your children entertained while adults have a relaxed brunch.
Best tip for impending motherhood?
Above all trust your instinct, that is what it’s there for.
The Bump Class
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8 week Course: £450 (small classes and each session is 1.5hrs)
Father’s Evening: £120 per couple for the 2 hr class
Paediatric First Aid: £75 per person
POA for Private Courses in the comfort of your own home
29 South Terrace
Nearest Tube: South Ken