Dear all – What a year!
What a year it has been for us all. This time last year we would never have expected to have been subjected to such restrictions and challenges. Sadly, for many of us, there has been heartache and huge amounts of stress. We have all been impacted in one way or another, having to change so much about the way we live and work and be us.
I for one have found it rather difficult as not really ideal circumstances for launching a new venture! Especially as I firmly believed that starting the Underwood Baby Academy was such a good idea – within our limited maternity service provision. I cannot complain though and feel that what we have done, albeit mainly virtually – apart for the amazing pregnancy yoga has been hugely beneficial to most of you. I also feel proud to say, that, after 9 months of intense practice, I – Sally Underwood – have become quite a skilled Zoomer!
When we started within the academy, our aim was simply to make the whole birth experience better for pregnant women and their partners. The business has grown over the year and although I would personally have loved to have taught more parents face to face, I realise that what we have provided to date has been fundamentally good and that so many couples have benefitted.
This year has certainly tested us – whilst fuelling the fire to help mothers achieve the birth they want – despite the unexpected and devasting obstacles Covid has thrown their way.
In the last few days, the NHS thankfully changed their guidelines on how NHS providers can support pregnant women during the pandemic – which you can read here. This states “a woman should have access to support from a person of her choosing at all stages of her maternity journey and that all trusts should facilitate this as quickly as possible”…Finally! Such amazing progress for mothers and their birth partners and I truly believe this will make the world of difference for parents. You can read the RCOG response to this here.
Thank you all for being part of us and for joining in with our pregnancy related sessions over the past year. Next year will be so different – we hope!
Christmas wishes and all the best for 2021!
Laura and I really do look forward to seeing you all soon.