Hi My name is Kirstie and I am the owner and founder of little Legs. If someone had told me when I was in the throes of my postnatal depression that one day I’d be running a business to support and encourage others going through the same challenges, I would have not have believed them.
Living with, and battling my way through PND after the birth of my two children was anything but easy. It was especially hard for my family. It is not a fun disease to have to deal with, but one thing that I learned through my own experience is that having PND is not something to be ashamed of. It is not something that I, or anyone else, can control. It is a condition caused by an imbalance of hormones, and it happens to more women than care to admit it.
Following that tough period of my life, I realised I wanted to do something to help people going through something similar. One of the positives from having PND came in the form of developing an affinity with anyone going through not only the same condition, but any kind of mental health issues.
To cut a long story short, I was able to get my health back on track through a combination of medical support, the patience and understanding of those around me and … doing baby yoga and baby massage with my own children.
As I came out of the dark place that PND had taken me to, the concept for a business that supported other mums in the local community started to bubble away in my mind. Baby yoga and baby massage – as well as the supportive network that I built through doing the classes – had given me the quality time to bond with my children, and I knew that this was how I could reach out to new parents. I soon qualified in baby massage, baby, toddler and child yoga and mindfulness and recently become a qualified Zumbini instructor.
I am so determined and passionate to support people and build a community and so honoured and privileged to have been asked to sponsor this award by Club UK.