Frequently asked questions

Baby Massage

When is the best age for Baby Massage?


Babies can receive nurturing touch and gentle strokes from when they are first new born (see newborn nurture workshop). However, it is advised that you don’t massage a baby with oil until at least 6 weeks. I recommend from 8 weeks in my classes, as this is after your post-natal check.




What oil should I use?


After at least 6 weeks, it is recommended that you use organic sunflower seed oil, or coconut oil. These are 100% natural and organic and will be easily absorbed in your baby’s skin. They also only carry a faint smell, are full of nutrients and are fine if your baby sucks their finger or thumb.




What do I need to bring with me?


A blanket or towel for baby to lie on and you might want to bring a small cushion to support your lower back. You may want to bring a toy or a teether to soothe baby. Comfortable clothes are recommended, as you will be sitting on the floor.




What happens if my baby cries, needs feeding or is asleep?


Classes are Baby-led, which means they are in control of the class. It is perfectly normal for your baby to cry because this is their only means of communicating and I encourage you to respond to them. They may just want to change position, be fed, changed or just want a cuddle and this is a normal part of my classes. It is through this that they learn how loved and important they are. We never massage on sleeping babies, so you are encouraged to join in with a spare doll or a cuddly toy until baby is ready.









Baby Yoga

When is the best age for Baby Yoga?


Yoga is suitable from 8 weeks onwards, although some poses are only suitable from 12 weeks. It is advisable to wait until you and your bay have had their 8 week post-natal health check.




What do I need to bring with me?


A blanket or towel for baby to lie on and you might want to bring a small cushion to support your lower back, because you will be lifting baby. You may want to bring a toy or a teether to soothe baby. Comfortable clothes are recommended, as you will be sitting on the floor at times and moving around.




What happens if my baby cries, needs feeding or is asleep?


Classes are Baby-led, which means they are in control of the class. It is perfectly normal for your baby to cry because this is their only means of communicating and I encourage you to respond to them. They may just want to change position, be fed, changed or just want a cuddle and this is a normal part of my classes. It is through this that they learn how loved and important they are. We never massage on sleeping babies, so you are encouraged to join in with a spare doll or a cuddly toy until baby is ready.




Do I need to have any experience of yoga?


Definitely not. You can be a beginner, advanced, or never have tried yoga before. Classes use yoga inspired poses for parents and the rest of the class is focused on the baby.





Hypnobirthing

When should I start classes?


It is recommended that you start the course anytime after your 20 week scan. The more time you have to practice the techniques, the better.




Is the course only for first time mums?


Absolutely not. Nestle and Nurture’s hypnobirthing course is for everyone. Whether it’s your first baby or your fifth, The Calm Birth Method will equip you with the tools for the empowering birth experience you deserve. In fact, our techniques have been proven to help mums who’ve had previous traumatic birth experiences overcome these to change their birth this time around.




I don’t have a birth partner, can I still attend the course?


Of course. It is recommended that you have someone to support you during your birth and this can be anyone that you feel comfortable with. This could be a friend, family member or doula.




I’m having twins can I still use hypnobirthing?


Yes! Knowing that you have options for how you give birth is often a revelation for twin mums-to-be. I will support your birth choices and help you prepare for the birth you want.




I have a really low pain threshold and am worried hypnobirthing won’t work for me.


It is of course possible to have a pain free birth but pain is obviously a very subjective word. As long as you spend time practicing the relaxation techniques, training your body to respond by relaxing all your muscles to allow it to do what it needs to do during birth, you will manage the discomfort. My course will give you so many tools and techniques to keep you calm and in control at each stage of your labour.




I’m having a planned caesarean birth, can I still use hypnobirthing?


Yes! There are huge benefits to using hypnobirthing with a planned abdominal birth including staying calm in the run up to your operation, and a faster recovery time. There are hypnobirthing tracks specifically for preparing for an abdominal birth. I can run a private course tailored exactly to your requirements so contact me to discuss how I can help you prepare for your birth.




I have done hypnobirthing before, do you run refresher courses?


Yes. This is a fully personalised course, where we will discuss your previous birth and tailor the course to your requirements.