I created the Blossom & Berry Nurture Foundation when I was 40 because I wanted to give back all the amazing time, love and energy I had received from my work as a baby massage & yoga instructor. I have created and support a number of initiatives within the community both in the UK and overseas to help provide support and education to parents, baby massage training and classes to those who may not be able to access these vital services.
As Blossom & Berry develops and grows, it’s my goal and responsiblity to give back to society and help make an impact in the world. I support the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development with a focus on Goal 3 which promotes good health and wellbeing for all. I have voluntary projects in a number of different settings around the world to help provide education around nurturing touch and early childhood development and to empower and support vulnerable mothers. I want to play my part in elevating communities out of poverty. In direct response to this I am the co founder of the charity Love Support Unite alongside my work at Blossom & Berry. This has been one of the greatest joys of my life.
Nurturing care means that babies and children have a loving and secure relationship with a care giver that ensures that their needs are met, they feel safe and secure, they are provided with care that supports their health and nutrition and they are protected from risks and violence.
Studies have shown that the long term benefits of this include better health and wealth outcomes, less social tensions and greater opportunites for education and learning (Lancet 2016)
Giving birth in Malawi has many challenges for women;
Most mothers in rural Malawi have very little possessions and so Nurture Packs are designed to give mothers a basic pack to help them recover from childbirth and provide care for their babies. When I visited local midwifery centres close to Lilongwe, it was clear that the staff struggled with resources to support new mothers and babies. The things we take for granted after giving birth are a luxury for many new mothers in Malawi. Every item makes a difference to a new mother & baby.
Nurture Packs are designed to give mothers a sense of dignity as they begin motherhood and to help support new baby care, health & wellbeing. These items can save lives and prevent illness and complications after birth.