I am delighted to have worked with some amazing families, here is what some of them have to say:

We were delighted with our private Birth Preparation Workshop. Melanie was very knowledgeable and informative but we felt she went above and beyond what you would expect, exploring previous birth experience, empowering us in preparation for our second birth. Melanie makes you feel empowered, relaxed and was very inclusive with regards to the role of the birth partner/father

Lisa and Martin

32 weeks pregnant - Private Birth Preparation Class

Big Steps Little Feet antenatal workshop exceeded our expectations as an antenatal class. Melanie made me feel really at ease. Big Steps Little Feet helped us realise that birth is a very natural experience and we are now really looking forward to the experience.
Laura and Phil

30 weeks pregnant - Private Birth Preparation Class

As a father it was really helpful and interesting to know all about the hormones in labour and birth and what they do, how they work. From all I have learned at the workshop I have a better understanding of what happens and how I can really help during the birth.

Dad to baby James - Group Birth Preparation Workshop

Melanie from Big Steps Little Feet came to our home for one to one Birth Preparation class. She fitted in with our work schedule. We covered so much and feel fully prepared for our baby’s birth in August. Melanie was kind, caring and soooo non judgemental. It was very special.

Lucy and Johnathan

36 weeks pregnant with baby Emma - Private Birth Preparation Workshop

Melanie is a true professional and our session with her completely exceeded our expectations. She listened to us patiently and gave us fantastic advice. We left the session feeling motivated and armed with the tools to tackle our specific challenges. Thank you for an amazing service. We would recommend Melanie and the services of Big Steps Little Feet to any parent who needs some open and honest perspective on any aspect of parenting.


Update 3 months later – Thank you so much Melanie it worked – stress has reduced in our home and we are finally getting some decent sleep!

Linda and Tony

Parents to 20 month old and 5 year old children - Toddler discipline 1:1 support

Melanie has been a great support to our family at different times. We have 2 children and as any parent will tell you having children can be emotionally very stressful especially when things don’t go according to what you read in the text books.  Melanie is by far the best Family specialist / Baby Specialist we have had the pleasure of being advised by.  Both of our children have been on the whole healthy however they both have had feeding issues which Melanie supported us through as well as our experience of post natal depression. Melanie’s advice and care are second to none and her ability to connect emotionally with us as parents is what sets her apart.  We have no hesitation in recommending her services to other parents.
Alicja and Richard Park

Mum and Dad of 2 children - Home Visits and Consultations

Thank you Melanie for all the support you have given me and my wife preparing for our birth. We were truly prepared for our birth experience in so many ways. Even when things were not going as expected we were able to stay calm and apply the principles of our learning with you to every step of the birth. The fact that you have been contactable and supportive along the way has been of enormous support to both of us. We feel truly blessed to have had such an amazing experience.

Paul and Darina following Big Steps Little Feet 1:1 birth preparation workshop – March 2016 – parents to Harry 8lbs 2 ozs

Paul and Darina

First time parents - 1:1 Birth Preparation

Our baby is due in eight weeks time and we have had some private antenatal workshops with Big Steps Little Feet, which covered the first steps in birth preparation. Melanie, is very empathetic, very knowledgeable, calm, patient and extremely friendly. She is very well balanced, covering things from the ladies and the mens perspective. Melanie has a very wide breadth of experience including, counselling and nursing – she brought in a whole host of things to the workshops. I thought Big Steps Little Feet workshop was really great and helped us bond as a couple.
27 Jan 2016

Mark and Liza

First time prints - 1:1 Birth Preparation at home.

Just wanted to thank you for all you did in helping us prepare for Dylans birth and the support you have given us afterwards. There was no comparison with our NCT class! We really enjoyed the workshop at the time but during and after the birth we realised all the difference it made and how prepared we really were. The midwives commented on my great skills in being such supportive birth partner to Liza. Your course has been second to none and I highly recommend the services of Big Steps Little Feet to any new parents to be.

Mark Bangham

After the baby! 1:1 Birth Preparation.

Pre Birth: Melanie was attentive to answer all our questions during the course and helped clear limiting beliefs. We feel a lot more confident and better equipped to take control over the birthing process, trusting that our instincts and newly acquired knowledge and techniques will lead us to a wonderful experience. Thank you Melanie!

Post Birth: Given that its mothering sunday weekend we are inspired to write you a note and thank you and your mothering energy. Your mothering instincts and nurturing care go way beyond your family and permeate the ones you touch, through your professionalism, your friendship and your love. Mattias and I would love to encourage you on your journey of the mothering instincts (gift enclosed) with forever grateful hearts and appreciation for having you as a motherly figure at this most special time. 

Helga - mum to Matthias

Birth Preparation (and doula)

Melanie helped me so much when my son was born and everything was new and scary! She made me feel much more confident and able to manage my anxiety – leaving me to enjoy my new baby much more than I had been, Definitely recommend to any new mothers

Hollie - mum to Raphael

New baby home visit and pop up weaning workshop at home

So much support that I got every appointment which has been invaluable after I had my second baby. I was feeling quite lonely and anxious. Mel is always helpful and caring. There are not many women out there like Mel…. I joined her Birth Trauma Group after two quite traumatic births and we have done some very useful exercises that have helped me enormously. I am extremely grateful for this as there has been no help out there for me previously and I was unable to have the space to work through my feelings around my children’s births. The non judgemental environment makes it easy to share, listen, support and work through feelings and issues.
I feel extremely lucky to have met Mel. I would highly recommend Big Steps Little Feet to anyone who is pregnant or who has a baby!


Abigail Halonen

An amazing organisation led by a truly inspirational lady that helped us in so many ways. Melanie was our doola, our nurse, our teacher and gave us a better way of parenting that went beyond anything NCT or any other organisation offered. As new parents we truly felt better prepared with Big feet little steps in our corner. There are some reviews you do that dont mean a lot, and there are others where you really want people to know about the real value and deep love of the service one gives in the hope that more people share the experience you went through…and yours is definitely the latter! I dont know what we wouldve done without you Melanie….youre the gift that keeps giving!!

Indi and Sevak Bola parents to Maskeen age 10 months

After having an independent midwife we knew that having continuity of care was something really important to my husband and I once our baby was born.

Our midwife recommended Melanie and from the moment we met her we knew she was going to be amazing support from the start. I suffer with PTSD after the birth and Melanie provided birth reflections sessions which has helped me begin to process my feelings, thank you! What struck me in one of our early telephone conversations that she asked how my husband was. No one asks how the dads are!

As a first time Mum you provided unprecedented support and healing.   Each appointment my mind was put to rest and I developed confidence and the ability to enjoy my baby. This was especially needed in the early days with a tiny premature baby! 

We really cannot thank you enough for your professionalism and knowledge with such compassion and kindness as always!”


Victoria Whicombe-Jones