Yaas! You’ve found us! Do it Like a Mother is a movement, created and curated to bring you the most empowered and connected experience of the whole thing- pregnancy, birth, mothering, and the pursuit of your passions alongside it all. Whatever stage you’re in right now, we’ve got stuff that could change your life. Allow us to peel off the societal BS, and reveal to you your own brilliance and capacity. You won’t look back.

Our values are Education, Equality, Empowerment, Community, Connection & Change​ and we’ve supported hundreds of women to step into them since 2013. We are better together. Want in? You can sit with us.

UPCOMING DILAm EVENTS

Dec
18
Tue
Lunch Club @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 18 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Come along with your bumps, babies and toddlers for cake, coffee and moral support. Bring your own lunch! Pre- and post-natal support provided by Steph and Chloe. Sling and cloth nappy advice and hire available as well as general parenting solidarity.

Free to attend (£2 voluntary donation to cover cost of refreshments)

No need to book, just drop in, or email steph@doitlikeamother.co.uk or coco@doitlikeamother.co.uk with any questions.

Dec
20
Thu
Cake Club @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 20 @ 12:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Come along with your babies and toddlers for cake, coffee and moral support. Sling advice and hire available as well as infant feeding support and general parenting solidarity. No judgment, just cake.

Free to attend (£2 voluntary donation to cover cost of refreshments)

No need to book, just drop in, or email lizzie@doitlikeamother.co.uk with any questions.

Jan
3
Thu
Cake Club @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Jan 3 @ 12:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Come along with your babies and toddlers for cake, coffee and moral support. Sling advice and hire available as well as infant feeding support and general parenting solidarity. No judgment, just cake.

Free to attend (£2 voluntary donation to cover cost of refreshments)

No need to book, just drop in, or email lizzie@doitlikeamother.co.uk with any questions.

Jan
8
Tue
Lunch Club @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Jan 8 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Come along with your bumps, babies and toddlers for cake, coffee and moral support. Bring your own lunch! Pre- and post-natal support provided by Steph and Chloe. Sling and cloth nappy advice and hire available as well as general parenting solidarity.

Free to attend (£2 voluntary donation to cover cost of refreshments)

No need to book, just drop in, or email steph@doitlikeamother.co.uk or coco@doitlikeamother.co.uk with any questions.

Jan
10
Thu
Cake Club @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Jan 10 @ 12:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Come along with your babies and toddlers for cake, coffee and moral support. Sling advice and hire available as well as infant feeding support and general parenting solidarity. No judgment, just cake.

Free to attend (£2 voluntary donation to cover cost of refreshments)

No need to book, just drop in, or email lizzie@doitlikeamother.co.uk with any questions.

Jan
15
Tue
Lunch Club @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Jan 15 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Come along with your bumps, babies and toddlers for cake, coffee and moral support. Bring your own lunch! Pre- and post-natal support provided by Steph and Chloe. Sling and cloth nappy advice and hire available as well as general parenting solidarity.

Free to attend (£2 voluntary donation to cover cost of refreshments)

No need to book, just drop in, or email steph@doitlikeamother.co.uk or coco@doitlikeamother.co.uk with any questions.

Jan
22
Tue
Lunch Club @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Jan 22 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Come along with your bumps, babies and toddlers for cake, coffee and moral support. Bring your own lunch! Pre- and post-natal support provided by Steph and Chloe. Sling and cloth nappy advice and hire available as well as general parenting solidarity.

Free to attend (£2 voluntary donation to cover cost of refreshments)

No need to book, just drop in, or email steph@doitlikeamother.co.uk or coco@doitlikeamother.co.uk with any questions.

Jan
24
Thu
Cake Club @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Jan 24 @ 12:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Come along with your babies and toddlers for cake, coffee and moral support. Sling advice and hire available as well as infant feeding support and general parenting solidarity. No judgment, just cake.

Free to attend (£2 voluntary donation to cover cost of refreshments)

No need to book, just drop in, or email lizzie@doitlikeamother.co.uk with any questions.

Jan
29
Tue
Lunch Club @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Jan 29 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Come along with your bumps, babies and toddlers for cake, coffee and moral support. Bring your own lunch! Pre- and post-natal support provided by Steph and Chloe. Sling and cloth nappy advice and hire available as well as general parenting solidarity.

Free to attend (£2 voluntary donation to cover cost of refreshments)

No need to book, just drop in, or email steph@doitlikeamother.co.uk or coco@doitlikeamother.co.uk with any questions.

Jan
31
Thu
Cake Club @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Jan 31 @ 12:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Come along with your babies and toddlers for cake, coffee and moral support. Sling advice and hire available as well as infant feeding support and general parenting solidarity. No judgment, just cake.

Free to attend (£2 voluntary donation to cover cost of refreshments)

No need to book, just drop in, or email lizzie@doitlikeamother.co.uk with any questions.

WHAT'S ON AT HQ THIS month

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
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Breakfast Birth Prep 9:00 am
Breakfast Birth Prep @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 1 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
 
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3
YOGA PARENTS 11:30 am
YOGA PARENTS @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 3 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Bring your babies! This class is for parents with new babies who wish to practice yoga without needing childcare.
YOGA PARENTS (moving babies) 12:30 pm
YOGA PARENTS (moving babies) @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 3 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
This class is for parents with babies that are walking and crawling, who wish to practice yoga without needing childcare.
YOGA TOTS 1:30 pm
YOGA TOTS @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 3 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Yoga for kids aged 2-4! Through stories, songs and games, this class will introduce children to some of the poses we practise in yoga. Using yoga techniques and philosophy we will encourage fine and gross[...]
Pregnancy Pilates 7:30 pm
Pregnancy Pilates @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 3 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Our pregnancy pilates classes incorporate conditioning of the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles, mobility work to ease aches and pains, stretching and strengthening of muscles to assist posture and breathing techniques. The classes are even[...]
Mixed Ability Pilates 8:30 pm
Mixed Ability Pilates @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 3 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Our Mixed Ability Pilates classes are exactly that; classes that are suitable for all levels and abilities, even those completely new to Pilates. The classes consist of controlled resistance exercises using body weight and some small[...]
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MASSAGE LIKE A MOTHER 9:30 am
MASSAGE LIKE A MOTHER @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 4 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
MASSAGE LIKE A MOTHER @ Do it Like a Mother HQ | Southend-on-Sea | England | United Kingdom
Bring your baby along to learn this soft developmental baby massage routine which teaches you different strokes, touches & techniques to relax them and develop their muscle strength & joint flexibility. The massage helps with[...]
Lunch Club 11:30 am
Lunch Club @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 4 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Come along with your bumps, babies and toddlers for cake, coffee and moral support. Bring your own lunch! Pre- and post-natal support provided by Steph and Chloe. Sling and cloth nappy advice and hire available[...]
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Pregnancy Yoga – Mind & Body Birth Prep 7:30 pm
Pregnancy Yoga – Mind & Body Birth Prep @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 5 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The class is suitable from 12-14 weeks pregnant regardless of previous yoga experience. The class will make you feel relaxed and can help you remain more comfortable in pregnancy.  You will learn techniques that will[...]
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Introduction to Postnatal Pilates 9:30 am
Introduction to Postnatal Pilates @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 6 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Our introduction to postnatal pilates course provides new mums in Essex with a toolkit of various tips to aid them in everyday tasks such as protecting your back when picking baby up. Each week, there[...]
Postnatal Pilates 10:30 am
Postnatal Pilates @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 6 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Postnatal Pilates is a six week follow-on course, designed to be followed after the Introduction to Postnatal Pilates Course. It’s a full Pilates session where we continue to work on healing the postnatal body and[...]
Cake Club 12:15 pm
Cake Club @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 6 @ 12:15 pm – 2:15 pm
Come along with your babies and toddlers for cake, coffee and moral support. Sling advice and hire available as well as infant feeding support and general parenting solidarity. No judgment, just cake. Free to attend[...]
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YOGA KIDS 4:00 pm
YOGA KIDS @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 7 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Yoga for kids aged 4-8. Using yoga poses and mindful exercises, I will introduce the children to the benefits of keeping your mind and body healthy ans strong. We will explore the capabilities of our[...]
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Breakfast Birth Prep 9:00 am
Breakfast Birth Prep @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 8 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
 
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YOGA PARENTS 11:30 am
YOGA PARENTS @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 10 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Bring your babies! This class is for parents with new babies who wish to practice yoga without needing childcare.
YOGA PARENTS (moving babies) 12:30 pm
YOGA PARENTS (moving babies) @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 10 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
This class is for parents with babies that are walking and crawling, who wish to practice yoga without needing childcare.
YOGA TOTS 1:30 pm
YOGA TOTS @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 10 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Yoga for kids aged 2-4! Through stories, songs and games, this class will introduce children to some of the poses we practise in yoga. Using yoga techniques and philosophy we will encourage fine and gross[...]
Pregnancy Pilates 7:30 pm
Pregnancy Pilates @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 10 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Our pregnancy pilates classes incorporate conditioning of the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles, mobility work to ease aches and pains, stretching and strengthening of muscles to assist posture and breathing techniques. The classes are even[...]
Mixed Ability Pilates 8:30 pm
Mixed Ability Pilates @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 10 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Our Mixed Ability Pilates classes are exactly that; classes that are suitable for all levels and abilities, even those completely new to Pilates. The classes consist of controlled resistance exercises using body weight and some small[...]
MASSAGE LIKE A MOTHER 9:30 am
MASSAGE LIKE A MOTHER @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 11 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
MASSAGE LIKE A MOTHER @ Do it Like a Mother HQ | Southend-on-Sea | England | United Kingdom
Bring your baby along to learn this soft developmental baby massage routine which teaches you different strokes, touches & techniques to relax them and develop their muscle strength & joint flexibility. The massage helps with[...]
Lunch Club 11:30 am
Lunch Club @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 11 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Come along with your bumps, babies and toddlers for cake, coffee and moral support. Bring your own lunch! Pre- and post-natal support provided by Steph and Chloe. Sling and cloth nappy advice and hire available[...]
Pregnancy Yoga – Mind & Body Birth Prep 7:30 pm
Pregnancy Yoga – Mind & Body Birth Prep @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The class is suitable from 12-14 weeks pregnant regardless of previous yoga experience. The class will make you feel relaxed and can help you remain more comfortable in pregnancy.  You will learn techniques that will[...]
Introduction to Postnatal Pilates 9:30 am
Introduction to Postnatal Pilates @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 13 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Our introduction to postnatal pilates course provides new mums in Essex with a toolkit of various tips to aid them in everyday tasks such as protecting your back when picking baby up. Each week, there[...]
Postnatal Pilates 10:30 am
Postnatal Pilates @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 13 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Postnatal Pilates is a six week follow-on course, designed to be followed after the Introduction to Postnatal Pilates Course. It’s a full Pilates session where we continue to work on healing the postnatal body and[...]
Cake Club 12:15 pm
Cake Club @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 13 @ 12:15 pm – 2:15 pm
Come along with your babies and toddlers for cake, coffee and moral support. Sling advice and hire available as well as infant feeding support and general parenting solidarity. No judgment, just cake. Free to attend[...]
YOGA KIDS 4:00 pm
YOGA KIDS @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 14 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Yoga for kids aged 4-8. Using yoga poses and mindful exercises, I will introduce the children to the benefits of keeping your mind and body healthy ans strong. We will explore the capabilities of our[...]
Breakfast Birth Prep 9:00 am
Breakfast Birth Prep @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 15 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
 
BABY BRUNCH FAMILY WORKSHOP 10:00 am
BABY BRUNCH FAMILY WORKSHOP @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
BABY BRUNCH FAMILY WORKSHOP @ Do it Like a Mother HQ | Southend-on-Sea | England | United Kingdom
A chance to get the daddies involved! The relationship between your tiny babies & their daddies is one which is so special & needs to be nurtured & encouraged. Parenthood needs to be about teamwork,[...]
WELCOME TO THE MOTHERHOOD WORKSHOP 9:30 am
WELCOME TO THE MOTHERHOOD WORKSHOP @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 17 @ 9:30 am – 11:15 am
Get to know your baby through The Holding Reassurance Programme where you learn a series of holding positions, strokes and gentle stretches to promote the importance of touch, to help relax and soothe baby, help[...]
YOGA PARENTS 11:30 am
YOGA PARENTS @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 17 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Bring your babies! This class is for parents with new babies who wish to practice yoga without needing childcare.
YOGA PARENTS (moving babies) 12:30 pm
YOGA PARENTS (moving babies) @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 17 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
This class is for parents with babies that are walking and crawling, who wish to practice yoga without needing childcare.
YOGA TOTS 1:30 pm
YOGA TOTS @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 17 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Yoga for kids aged 2-4! Through stories, songs and games, this class will introduce children to some of the poses we practise in yoga. Using yoga techniques and philosophy we will encourage fine and gross[...]
Pregnancy Pilates 7:30 pm
Pregnancy Pilates @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 17 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Our pregnancy pilates classes incorporate conditioning of the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles, mobility work to ease aches and pains, stretching and strengthening of muscles to assist posture and breathing techniques. The classes are even[...]
Mixed Ability Pilates 8:30 pm
Mixed Ability Pilates @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 17 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Our Mixed Ability Pilates classes are exactly that; classes that are suitable for all levels and abilities, even those completely new to Pilates. The classes consist of controlled resistance exercises using body weight and some small[...]
MASSAGE LIKE A MOTHER 9:30 am
MASSAGE LIKE A MOTHER @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 18 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
MASSAGE LIKE A MOTHER @ Do it Like a Mother HQ | Southend-on-Sea | England | United Kingdom
Bring your baby along to learn this soft developmental baby massage routine which teaches you different strokes, touches & techniques to relax them and develop their muscle strength & joint flexibility. The massage helps with[...]
Lunch Club 11:30 am
Lunch Club @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 18 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Come along with your bumps, babies and toddlers for cake, coffee and moral support. Bring your own lunch! Pre- and post-natal support provided by Steph and Chloe. Sling and cloth nappy advice and hire available[...]
Pregnancy Yoga – Mind & Body Birth Prep 7:30 pm
Pregnancy Yoga – Mind & Body Birth Prep @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The class is suitable from 12-14 weeks pregnant regardless of previous yoga experience. The class will make you feel relaxed and can help you remain more comfortable in pregnancy.  You will learn techniques that will[...]
Introduction to Postnatal Pilates 9:30 am
Introduction to Postnatal Pilates @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 20 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Our introduction to postnatal pilates course provides new mums in Essex with a toolkit of various tips to aid them in everyday tasks such as protecting your back when picking baby up. Each week, there[...]
Postnatal Pilates 10:30 am
Postnatal Pilates @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 20 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Postnatal Pilates is a six week follow-on course, designed to be followed after the Introduction to Postnatal Pilates Course. It’s a full Pilates session where we continue to work on healing the postnatal body and[...]
Cake Club 12:15 pm
Cake Club @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 20 @ 12:15 pm – 2:15 pm
Come along with your babies and toddlers for cake, coffee and moral support. Sling advice and hire available as well as infant feeding support and general parenting solidarity. No judgment, just cake. Free to attend[...]
YOGA KIDS 4:00 pm
YOGA KIDS @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 21 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Yoga for kids aged 4-8. Using yoga poses and mindful exercises, I will introduce the children to the benefits of keeping your mind and body healthy ans strong. We will explore the capabilities of our[...]
Breakfast Birth Prep 9:00 am
Breakfast Birth Prep @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 22 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
 
YOGA PARENTS 11:30 am
YOGA PARENTS @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 24 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Bring your babies! This class is for parents with new babies who wish to practice yoga without needing childcare.
YOGA PARENTS (moving babies) 12:30 pm
YOGA PARENTS (moving babies) @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 24 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
This class is for parents with babies that are walking and crawling, who wish to practice yoga without needing childcare.
YOGA TOTS 1:30 pm
YOGA TOTS @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 24 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Yoga for kids aged 2-4! Through stories, songs and games, this class will introduce children to some of the poses we practise in yoga. Using yoga techniques and philosophy we will encourage fine and gross[...]
Pregnancy Pilates 7:30 pm
Pregnancy Pilates @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 24 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Our pregnancy pilates classes incorporate conditioning of the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles, mobility work to ease aches and pains, stretching and strengthening of muscles to assist posture and breathing techniques. The classes are even[...]
Mixed Ability Pilates 8:30 pm
Mixed Ability Pilates @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 24 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Our Mixed Ability Pilates classes are exactly that; classes that are suitable for all levels and abilities, even those completely new to Pilates. The classes consist of controlled resistance exercises using body weight and some small[...]
MASSAGE LIKE A MOTHER 9:30 am
MASSAGE LIKE A MOTHER @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 25 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
MASSAGE LIKE A MOTHER @ Do it Like a Mother HQ | Southend-on-Sea | England | United Kingdom
Bring your baby along to learn this soft developmental baby massage routine which teaches you different strokes, touches & techniques to relax them and develop their muscle strength & joint flexibility. The massage helps with[...]
Pregnancy Yoga – Mind & Body Birth Prep 7:30 pm
Pregnancy Yoga – Mind & Body Birth Prep @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The class is suitable from 12-14 weeks pregnant regardless of previous yoga experience. The class will make you feel relaxed and can help you remain more comfortable in pregnancy.  You will learn techniques that will[...]
Introduction to Postnatal Pilates 9:30 am
Introduction to Postnatal Pilates @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 27 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Our introduction to postnatal pilates course provides new mums in Essex with a toolkit of various tips to aid them in everyday tasks such as protecting your back when picking baby up. Each week, there[...]
Postnatal Pilates 10:30 am
Postnatal Pilates @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 27 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Postnatal Pilates is a six week follow-on course, designed to be followed after the Introduction to Postnatal Pilates Course. It’s a full Pilates session where we continue to work on healing the postnatal body and[...]
YOGA KIDS 4:00 pm
YOGA KIDS @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 28 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Yoga for kids aged 4-8. Using yoga poses and mindful exercises, I will introduce the children to the benefits of keeping your mind and body healthy ans strong. We will explore the capabilities of our[...]
Breakfast Birth Prep 9:00 am
Breakfast Birth Prep @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 29 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
 
YOGA PARENTS 11:30 am
YOGA PARENTS @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 31 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Bring your babies! This class is for parents with new babies who wish to practice yoga without needing childcare.
YOGA PARENTS (moving babies) 12:30 pm
YOGA PARENTS (moving babies) @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 31 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
This class is for parents with babies that are walking and crawling, who wish to practice yoga without needing childcare.
YOGA TOTS 1:30 pm
YOGA TOTS @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 31 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Yoga for kids aged 2-4! Through stories, songs and games, this class will introduce children to some of the poses we practise in yoga. Using yoga techniques and philosophy we will encourage fine and gross[...]
Pregnancy Pilates 7:30 pm
Pregnancy Pilates @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 31 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Our pregnancy pilates classes incorporate conditioning of the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles, mobility work to ease aches and pains, stretching and strengthening of muscles to assist posture and breathing techniques. The classes are even[...]
Mixed Ability Pilates 8:30 pm
Mixed Ability Pilates @ Do it Like a Mother HQ
Dec 31 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Our Mixed Ability Pilates classes are exactly that; classes that are suitable for all levels and abilities, even those completely new to Pilates. The classes consist of controlled resistance exercises using body weight and some small[...]
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  • Day 15 of our #alternativechristmascalender from @coco_do.it.like.a.mother 
15 WAYS TO ENCOURAGE TUMMY TIME
The most important of all your babys milestones, tummy time exploration can begin  from birth, but as it's a learned skill rather than instinctive, it is up to us to enable baby to enjoy safe, supervised and awake time on their belly. •NEWBORNS👶
To help relieve physiological flexion in your newborn baby and give them that first crucial stretch to enable safe tummy time, follow 4 easy steps to encourage your baby to open up, help make friends with gravity and allow baby to lay comfortably on their belly. •TIGER IN THE TREE:🐯
This incredible hold will make the most fractious moments in your day so much calmer.  This hold allows baby to feel completely secure, whilst giving you access to their belly to massage and manipulate in order to relax your baby. By establishing this as a regular holding position you will also encourage baby to feel more comfortable in 'Superman' position. •CUDDLES & NAPS🤱🏻
Any time you baby lies on your chest you are encouraging them to become more comfortable on their front.  Sleep or awake, it all makes a huge difference. So cuddle that baby as much as you can. Let them sleep under your neck. They won't fit under their forever! •SUPPORT👶
From birth up until your baby is strong in their tummy time position, you should always use either a rolled up towel or nursing cushion under their armpits to support baby from underneath. This way they can sit in this position in comfort, begin to strengthen their head, neck, shoulders and core and see the world from a new perspective. •HEAD SUPPORT👶🤚
Particularly within the first 3 months, your baby will be trying to gain control of their head, so always use your hand to support behind, on  their shoulders and upper back whilst they're building the strength to hold themselves up on their own.  Cont in comments...
  • Yesterday was the greatest day I’ve ever had in my business, and I didn’t make a penny. .
This photo pretty much sums up why ❤️ I’ve gotta blog about it pronto, but for now let me say, commit to creating a reality that reflects your deepest desires for yourself, your family, your community, and the wider world. Go on. PLEASE. There’s no feeling like living inside of your dreams.
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With enormous thanks to everyone who came along in the morning, everyone who donated to our appeal, and the wonderful @annahirmisbaker for inspiring me to take it to the next level with her constant commitment to kindness.
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I am overflowing with gratitude. Gonna stop being so gushy now. Should probs through in an F bomb or 4 to balance it out. .
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#doitlikeamother #doitlikeamotherhood #thrivelikeamother #thrivenotsurvive #mindsetofgreatness #thanks #sayyestoyourself #womeninspiringwomen #womensupportwomen #femaleeconomy #womentogether #communityunity #unityinthecommunity #togetherwearestronger #breakthecycle #leighonsea #leighonseaessex #chalkwell #weatcliff #southend #essex
  • DAY 14 of the #doitlikeamother Alternative Advent - from @lizzie.do.it.like.a.mother 
14 days of FREE stretchy wrap hire for newborns 😍👶
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At Do It Like A Mother we are really pleased to be able to offer a two week free stretchy wrap hire to all parents of babes under 8 weeks of age. . 
Stretchy wraps are a fab first sling for new parents and little babies - soft and snuggly, secure and supportive. They are one long piece of stretchy fabric, usually made of cotton or bamboo viscose, approximately 4-5 metres long, with varying degrees of stretch! I prefer “two-way” stretchies, meaning that they stretch both vertically and horizontally, which makes them slightly easier to use, tie and tighten around baby. Our favourites in the sling library at the moment are @lifftslings @hanababyuk and @boba but we do have other brands available.
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One of the brilliant things about a stretchy wrap is that you can put it on, tighten it, tie and secure it BEFORE putting your baby into the sling. Once it’s on you can just slide baby in, secure the fabric around them and you’re good to go, rather than having to fasten buckles or tie knots around your baby. For new parents who aren’t yet used to handling their tiny newborn, this can be really helpful. .
Our stretchy wrap scheme allows you to come at the end of your pregnancy or any time in your baby’s first 8 weeks to try a wrap and take it home. We ask for a £20 deposit and at the end of 2 weeks (or from the date baby is born if you’re still expecting), you can either return the sling for a full refund, or choose to keep it for a 3 month “fourth trimester” hire, which conveniently costs £20. 😉 At that point, many of our families come back to see us, try something else (maybe a buckle carrier or woven wrap) and then go on to purchase their next stage sling. .
If you want to try a stretchy wrap before Christmas you have FOUR opportunities next week in which to do so! 😍 Welcome To The Motherhood with @coco_do.it.like.a.mother on Monday, Lunch Club Tuesday, Leigh Sling Library Wednesday or Cake Club on Thursday. Get in touch if you need any more info. 📲 #doitlikeamother #theresaslingforthat #doitlikeamotherhq #freestretchyhire #str
  • THANK YOU. Just incredible. Your generosity for our gift appeal for @sos_btc @do.it.like.a.mother_hq has blown me away. ❤️
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Mothering together makes everything a bit better, and I am so moved by the efforts made.
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With special thanks to @bookaliciousuk and @other.kids for extremely kind donations from their businesses. But truly, to each and every person who contributed anything at all, you have made SUCH a difference to families living amongst us. .
📷 @photography_by_petra and her infinite patience ✨
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#doitlikeamother #doitlikeamotherhood #locallove #community #breakthecycle
  • 🎅✨🥰DAY 13 ALTERNATIVE ADVENT
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13 affirmations for an empowered birth
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You might think it’s a load of crap- repeating statements you’d like to believe. Truth is- our thinking is largely automatic, habitual, programmed. We may not even be aware of our conditioned responses, and in birth, these expectations may sabotage our experience. Beliefs like- it’s soooo painful, traumatic, undignified, unmanageable, terrifying, and so on...
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Affirmations support you to shift your perspective, actually carving out new neural pathways in your brain with repetition, and enhanced by an emotional connection to the idea.
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Our feelings about birth aren’t necessarily dependent on what happens, more how we engage within the experience, and how we frame it. .
Ask yourself- what would I need to believe in order to feel great about birth?
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Here are 13 suggestions for you...
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My surges (contractions) cannot be stronger than me because they are me.
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I’m actually DOING it (like a mother). .
Each surge of my body brings my baby closer to me.
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I free myself from the expectations of others and prioritise my own wellbeing.
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My birth partner is by my side, and on my side.
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My birth partner is a limitless source of oxytocin- totally convenient.
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I am growing in confidence every day- it feels fantastic.
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My baby’s arrival will be at the right time for us.
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I am growing a human- getting it out has to be the easier bit. .
I am fully supported.
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All the strength I need is within me.
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I love my baby and my baby loves me.
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I’m already a mother, and I act with courage from that place.
  • Now look, full disclosure, I’m atheist AF. But I still thought I’d enjoy a couple of nativities this morning. See my stories to learn how that didn’t quite come together👀🤦🏻‍♀️
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It prompted me to think about how crucial it is for us to share these moments- where our hopes and expectations for how a situation will play out are met with a totally different reality.
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Your feed might be flooded with beaming shepherds and shining stars, and if your experience was less fulfilling, it’s easy to feel hard done by and to enhance your disappointment through comparison.
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I want you to know, everyone is having a mixed bag this Xmas period. For all the grotto snaps and skating shots there are plenty of mediocre, even miserable moments in family life for everyone. .
Look for the humour, be grateful when it’s good, surrender when it’s not quite how you hoped. Just think- Mary had to give birth in a stable- things could be worse 🤣🤪🐄🐑
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  • Day 12 ❤️👇🏻 For the first 12 weeks of your baby’s life it is normal for them to behave (or to want to be treated) as though they are still in the womb. 
Human babies are born far less developed and capable than any other mammal, due to their need to be born at a time in which their proportionally large heads are still able to fit through our biped pelvises. 
Because of this it is beneficial for us to replicate the womb environment closely, as they physically and emotionally develop ready to ‘wake up’ around the 3 month mark. This period is also a huge transition for mothers; a time for healing and recovery however you birthed your baby.
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Here are 12 ways in which you can support your baby, or be supported as a new mother during this time. For more details check my Facebook page as insta has kept this shorter! 
1.  GET A SLING – I can’t emphasise this one enough! 
2.  Skin to Skin Contact – It isn’t just for the first hours after birth, skin to skin contact is beneficial to humans of any age and is especially soothing during the fourth trimester.
3.  Read up on biologically normal infant sleep – Understand that it is NORMAL for your baby to fuss at being laid in a cot/moses basket/pram.
4.  Feed Baby On Demand – However you decide to feed your baby, allow them to guide you – expect them to feed little and often. 
5.  Day/Night – Accept that at least initially day and night will just be one continuous cycle of eat-sleep-poop repeat!
6.  Ask for Meals – guests want to come and see you all? Great, but don’t let them in if they’ve not brought you food!
7.  On the topic of food – prepare meals to freeze and stock the house up with healthy snacks before baby arrives.
8.  Let your partner bond with baby – sharing baths together, burping baby after a feed, changing nappies and taking baby for a walk in the pram / sling whilst you rest.
9.  Lower your expectations – accept that some days you will do nothing but keep the baby alive, that’s more than enough.
10.  Be kind to yourself with your body and recovery - It took 9 months to make this baby, expect it to take a while to get ‘back to normal’.
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Continued in comments!
  • I said brrrrrrr ❄️ anyone else totally unprepared for the dip today?! .
Popped into @thenookboutique and grabbed a hat and gloves by @misspompom1 ❤️
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Head into Chloe and grab a bargain whilst she’s still got stock. .
Got some beautiful Xmas bits in @natural_edge too. Such a joy to go broadway cruising KID FREE ❤️👌🏻
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