As a first-time mum, I can appreciate the struggles new mums face; whether that be whilst they are pregnant or during those first, tiring months. If there had been a local hub where I could access services for pregnancy, birth and the early years, I would have jumped at the chance to be involved with what was on offer.
The Nurturing Hearts Hub is based in Maidstone and supports the local community within Kent linking them with services through pregnancy, birth and the early years of their parenting journey, to help empower them and support them to confidently parent their way.
The House of Commons in February 2019, year recognised Unicefs research into the importance of the first 1001 days, from conception to two years. Which they say is a unique period of opportunity when the foundations of optimum health, growth, and neurodevelopment across the lifespan are established.
Keen to help families enjoy this phase, the owner of The Nuturing Hearts Hub, Claire stated that her reasons for opening the Hub stemmed from her own experience as a mum when she struggled adjusting to parenthood, being a young mum. Having five very different boys and different experiences both good and bad she’s got a wealth of experience to share. Having a baby with severe reflux who didn’t sleep which then led to five years of post natal depression and her marriage breaking down for a time, Claire wishes there had been a resource like this for her, instead she wasted years over a fear of asking for help.
Identifying that many other families were struggling too with the lack of support in the early years of parenting, The Nurturing Hearts Hub became Claire’s passion project, which she has now brought to life.
Claire said: “Protecting both infant and maternal mental health is at the heart of what I do. The impact of The Nurturing Hearts Hub is huge, to enable families to access support easily within one place. Supporting them with continued support through pregnancy, birth and beyond enables them to connect, to build relationships with their baby that are positive, so the babies grow with love, respect and gain that all important crucial emotional development within the early years which gives them the positive foundations as they grow. I adore what I do, the feeling I get from offering advice to a new mummy is just so empowering. I have big plans for the business and I just want to help mums feel that they are truly enough for their little one. Giving back to help vulnerable mums and their children escape domestic violence is on the cards too.”
Claire now runs her baby yoga and baby massage classes from the Hub, alongside other services for families embarking on their journey throughout pregnancy and the early years.
The Hub is a beautiful space with large spacious rooms and even a “lounge” style area with a fireplace and sofas. Claire has big plans for the hub and with the potential the venue has to offer, I can see the Hub being a huge success.
Within the Hub there will also be an element of ensuring mums are able to look after themselves too with self care, with beauty and wellness services available whilst baby is looked after by registered professional.
If you would like more information about the Hub and it’s services click here