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Ally Baker

Clinical Psychologist, Certified Joimove Babies Instructor

Ally Baker / Joimove Babies 

As a new mum with a 10 week old baby, I would like to say how brilliant it is to do Joimove Babies training at this time. I started my training in the late stages of pregnancy and thoroughly enjoyed my first training session with Selen Yilmaz. I was lucky enough to organise another face to face training session with Selen, and this went fantastically well for both me and the baby. It is a great time to test out routines, as having a real live newborn helps you to understand how group participants will be feeling and to make sure that the dancing works well with babywearing.

The baby was happy in the sling and enjoyed the music and movement while awake. It helped to settle the baby and she slept well for more than half of the training session. There were a couple of murmurs from her, but when Selen chose right moves immediately that got us moving around the room, the baby quickly settled again. It also helped to space out the feeds to a better time interval than would normally happen at that time of day.

As for me, I instantly felt better and brighter than I had in weeks. The music and dancing made me almost instantly smile from head to toe and I could feel the benefit of endorphins flowing through my body. The first weeks with a baby can be hard and thereโ€™s a lot of sitting and feeding and a sore achy body from carrying and bad feeding positions. The dance helped me to gently stretch out my muscles and improve posture. Beneficial for body, mind and mood!!!

Selenโ€™s positivity was inspirational and help from Joimove team was great. I now feel positive and capable of soon becoming a Joimove instructor. I look forward to spreading positive feelings by running groups for other parent and babies and making the postnatal period more pleasurable for both parties.

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