The idea for bump & glide came about after the realisation that there is so much postnatal care and support out there for babies but nowhere near enough for mothers.
After having my two children, who are eighteen months apart, I realised that there's a whole group of people out there who just aren't getting the care and support they need at a time when they need it most: Mothers.
Carrying and growing a baby, giving birth, then caring for that gorgeous but demanding little human 24/7, takes time, energy and resources from the mother. Time, energy and resources which need to be replenished, and yet society today wrongly portrays that the most important thing after having a baby is to 'shift that baby weight', 'get back into those skinny jeans' and to just well, 'get on with it'.
I became a mother for the first time nearly 5 years ago now and practised hypnobirthing techniques during both my first and subsequent labour but following the birth of my first child, I felt let down by the support available. Hypnobirthing allowed me, and my husband, to know what to expect in terms of our choices, our rights and various techniques to use during labour, and hand on heart, I can't imagine how it would have been without having had this knowledge. However, I had that feeling of 'I wish someone had told me...' and 'Why didn't anyone check this before..', in the weeks and months that followed.
I have been amazed, confused, upset and frustrated about the fact that women are being let down. My strongest emotion now though is passion. I am, and have always been, passionate about people, helping people and I'm now dedicated to hopefully making a difference to how women experience their entrance into motherhood, a story which should have a better first chapter for us all.
Let's continue to help each other and make a difference where we can.
Serena Williams, Dip HB (KGH)
Founder of bump & glide