Libby Ruth is a practitioner from Basingstoke and mum to four children aged 13, 11, 9 and 4.

I am…

An antenatal practitioner teaching Relax, Stretch and Breathe classes and Mother and Baby Yoga. On top of this, I am training to do Yoga for Pregnancy as well as Baby Massage.

My typical day…

On my big teaching day I get up and with my husband organise our four children in time to have my eldest one on the bus for 7.30am. I then take the dog and we walk to drop my youngest at nursery and the other two to school. I have my 10,000 steps done before I even get to work!

After this, I drive into town for my first of three Mother and Baby yoga sessions. The sessions are an hour and a half long and include loads for mums and babies from relaxation and yoga poses for mum & baby to bubbles, singing and parachute poses for mums!

I try to squeeze in a snack between each one and of course, lunch. If I’m lucky, which I usually am, I arrive home to a meal cooked by my mum. You see this has to be a team effort and I really couldn’t do this job without her and my husband’s support. She will often pick the children up from school and take them home to have dinner. In the evenings we take the children to running club and are home by about 7.30pm.

I came to do this role…

I attended NCT antenatal classes myself and became an NCT volunteer because I was new to the area and thought it would be a good way to make friends - it was! I am a stay at home mum but wanted to do something that was just for me and would help other parents have a positive birth experience so I started training as an antenatal teacher. 

Most memorable work moment…

It’s so hard to choose because I really do enjoy them all.  I suppose it would be at my Relax, Stretch and Breathe sessions where a mother recently was going to have a breach baby and together we really worked through this and different possible solutions. She also went to a chiropractor and then eventually had the birth that she wanted which was really great to hear.

At classes like Relax, Stretch and Breathe I really build relationships with mums-to-be and they even keep in touch with me after the birth, sometimes emailing me for signposting about themselves or their baby as they have built trust in me.

The best part of my job…

Is getting to nurture the mothers at this time. It is my natural instinct to “mother the mothers” and I’m passionate about supporting women to have a positive birth experience.

The worst part of my job…

For every hour I spend teaching I have to spend another doing admin work such as replying to emails or taking session bookings. I love teaching the classes but it can be hard to take myself away from the laptop and switch off.

I would advise anyone thinking of applying to study with NCT College…

That you have to work as a team. It’s a real team effort with me, my mum and husband and that support network is necessary. But I love being an antenatal teacher, it's a flexible job that I can fit around my family. I get to choose when I want to work so I don’t during the school holidays or in autumn when I’m busy with the children’s birthdays.

Interested in supporting new and expectant parents?

There's still time to apply to train as an antenatal teacher with NCT College.

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