Blue Skies Centre and Play Cafe- Featured business

Have you visited Blue Skies yet?  A gem hidden away in the centre of Cheltenham, a perfect place to sit and enjoy a drink and home made piece of cake while your little ones play.

There will be even more reason to visit next week as it is International Babywearing week.  With the expertise of Nicole, owner and babywearing consultant, on hand there isn’t a better place to go to find out more.

She say’s ‘Here in Gloucestershire we are planning a week of events to celebrate! The first event we would like to announce is a free talk on Monday 6th October, from 11:30am – 12:30pm. ‘Introduction to Slings’ will give an overview of the range of slings available, important information about sling safety, and an insight into baby physiology. This talk would be suitable for expectant parents, or those with a child aged from newborn to toddler. This will be a relaxed talk, with demonstrations, and you are very welcome to bring your children along. It will be held at Blue Skies Play Cafe, and is free! Please let us know if you would like to come along!’

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Natural Essence Photography-Featured Business This Week

Natural Essence Photography is run by Zoë and specialises in newborn shoots, which take place in a beautiful purpose built studio at Zoe’s home near Gloucester. She has a relaxed approach to her photo shoots, helping mum and baby to feel really special, as she works her magic.

Zoe graduated from a London university with a BA hons, majoring in Photography in 1996. She has a real passion for photographing people, capturing expressions and emotions that reflect the true person.

Zoe says ‘ I am very fortunate to be in a job that I really enjoy, it allows me to be creative and work with wonderful people of all ages and backgrounds. Not all of us feel confident in front of the camera, and often find it hard to like a portrait of ourselves due to this. It’s my job to create a relaxed fun environment and gain your trust allowing you to feel at ease and be yourself.’

These beautiful images show what Zoe can do, and she captures these precious early moments effortlessly.

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Click on the pictures to visit Zoe’s site and view more of her work.

Have you heard about Mini Moments?

Mini Moments was set up in 2012 with a main aim of providing parents with a local non-franchised company committed to providing quality support and courses that empower mums and dads on their journey into parenthood though mini moments of special time with each other and their new babies. In simple to nurture nature.


More about Emma, the force behind Mini Moments-

Emma is fully qualified and insured to provide families with support as a Birth & Postnatal Doula and teach Birthlight™ Pregnancy Yoga, Infant (Baby) Massage, Baby Yoga and Rhythm Kids®. She is the Gloucestershire Doula UK representative and a member of IPTI. Her training has been chosen for the quality and the commitment to continuing professional development that each training provider was able to offer. Emma also sits on Gloucestershire’s Maternity Liaison Services Committee (MLSC), representing parents and fellow Doulas and other maternity professionals. She is also a volunteer for Cheltenham NCT representing parent users on two Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust committees (Maternity Patient Information Group and the Maternity Forum).

Emma’s antenatal training (Pregnancy Yoga for Maternity Professionals and Birth & Postnatal Doula) was done with Birthlight™ and Nurturing Birth. She continues to enhance her training by attending CPD workshops and courses with Birthlight™, other providers and is a member of Doula UK. All of the training providers that Emma chooses are committed to enhancing and supporting the wellbeing of women and their partners through the journey of pregnancy and birth, and to help parents make a smooth transition into parenthood and relax in shared enjoyment of their new life together. Birthlight™ Pregnancy Yoga has professional accreditation with the Royal College of Midwives and FEDANT.

Her postnatal training ranges from premature babies through to babies that are just learning to crawl (Baby Massage, Baby Yoga and Rhythm Kids®) was with Touch-Learn Ltd who are accredited by the Guild of Sensory Development, University of Wolverhampton, CThA and IPTI. This training provider was chosen as they cover aspects on their course which many others do not include and it was felt that these qualities were vital in supporting parents with every aspect that may arise during the time the parent and baby attended the courses.

Emma holds an enhanced DBS certificate (previously known as a CRB) and she is a qualified teacher (PGCE) with over 13 years of experience in education. Alongside this she has coached a wide variety of aged children and adults in a variety of activities. Emma has two sons, Jake and Scott who are very different characters and who continue to provide a lot of inspiration and experience that have enhanced the classes. Emma also has a BSc (Hons) in Biology with Food Science and Nutrition.