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