The Postnatal Course
Having a new baby, whether it’s your first or not, can be a huge life adjustment. We often spend so long preparing for the birth that after the baby arrives, we can be left feeling at a loss. Postnatal care is so important, yet so often we are left to fend for ourselves with so many questions, no solid answers and no help in sight.
Welcome to the Raising Babies postnatal course! The in-person course gives you all the support you need, when you need it most. Open to mums and dads, we cover everything you want to know about the first months of your baby’s life, from sleep and infant first aid to baby milestones and play ideas, as well as a friendly group of new parent friends to share in the highs and lows with you.
Run by Sophie, ‘The Baby Expert’ (or @mummypickles as she is known to her 43,000+ online followers), a mummy to three, infant and early childhood development expert (BA certified), qualified first aid instructor and parenting expert for huge baby brands, Munchkin and Kiddylicious. The classes are designed to be reassuring, open and comforting, with all parenting styles welcomed.
So, come and join us for a warm drink, a delicious slice of cake and a good old chat about life beyond birth and raising babies.
Next course dates:
Monday 20th March - Monday 15th May (extra weeks account for bank holidays)
Monday 3rd July - Monday 7th August (TBC)
Monday 6th November - Monday 11th December (TBC)
Time: 11am - 1pm
Well House Yoga Space, HG3 2LN (accessible to Ilkley, Otley, Skipton, Harrogate and North Leeds within 20 minutes or less).
Free onsite parking available.
Who can attend? The course is for all parents, whether this is your first or newest baby. You can come on the course when your baby is any age, but we recommend starting between birth and 5 months.
Cost: £189 for the 6 week course, payable before the first session (payment options available, please ask).
To book onto a course, get in touch via our contact form.
Week 1: Talking about birth experiences, getting to know your baby and newborn baby care. Includes an introductory baby massage and reflexology session as well as time to eat cake (yum), drink hot drinks and have a catch up.
Week 2: How to calm a crying baby (covers colic, burping, reflux and looking out for allergies).
Includes a mini sensory session as well as time to eat cake and have a catch up.
Week 3: All about baby play! Ideas for how to play with your baby to encourage physical and mental development. Looking at milestones including rolling, crawling, 'sleeping through', speech and what to expect.
Includes a newborn photography session with local family photographer Tom Handbury, as well as the weekly cake and a catch up.
Week 4: Understanding baby sleep: nap routines and understanding what’s normal, establishing bedtime routines and looking for sleep cues.
Includes a baby footprint pottery session with Popolo Ceramico as well as the weekly cake and a catch up.
Week 5: Infant first aid essentials (covers infant CPR, choking, burns, seizures, fevers, head injuries and more) and recognising common childhood illnesses.
Includes an introductory baby sign language session as well as cake and a catch up.
Week 6: Postnatal support for new parents, a self-care session! Includes optional relaxation and beauty treatments as well as a postnatal yoga session with Head to Heal, focusing on regaining core strength and stretching out sore backs and shoulders!
Includes a goodbye party and a chance to form an ongoing support group with other course members.
Why choose us?
The specialist course content has been created by infant and child development expert, Sophie Pickles and is unlike anything else you will find throughout North and West Yorkshire.
Exclusively held at the beautiful Well House retreat, a stunning venue with relaxation areas, zen garden, sensory lighting and beautiful views of the surrounding countryside, each session has a welcoming, relaxed and informal atmosphere where you can learn, bond with your baby and feel supported at every step of your postnatal journey.
This is a fantastic chance to meet new friends for life with our small class sizes and our group course - everyone will start and finish at the same time. If you have already made friends on an antenatal or NCT course, why not book on together and continue your journey?
Expertly written course content (including one week dedicated to infant first aid)
Access to one-to-one personalised support and advice
Course content PDFs that you can access on your phone at any time
Newborn/baby photoshoot* with family photographer, Tom Handbury
Postnatal yoga session with local yoga teacher and holistic health care specialist, Dani Bedding
Baby footprint pottery painting with Popolo Ceramico*
Personal contact with and quick referrals to independent midwives and lactation consultants
Yummy homemade cake each week (allergies catered for) as well as tea, coffee and cold drinks
Free infant massage oil to continue your baby massage journey at home
New friends for life!
*Any items purchased will be an additional charge