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Alexis Stickland & Beccy Hands - Midwife & doula duo

Alexis Stickland and Beccy Hands Pregnancy, Birth & Postnatal Care Expert

Expecting a baby? With our expert team, we’ll guide you through every step of this exciting journey, from common symptoms and your changing body, through to what to pack in your hospital bag and what to expect during labour.

We also cover postnatal care for both mum and baby – after all, you’ve both gone through the most emotional and physically taxing experience of your lives. Our midwife and doula duo are on hand with a whole host of tools, tips and advice to support you.
Alexis Stickland

Alexis has been a registered midwife for over a decade, and in recent years, she has taken her passion for supporting parents-to-be further, specialising in antenatal education and hypnobirthing.

Alexis is a member of the association of Hypnobirthing midwives. When it comes to motherhood, she believes with a passion that knowledge is power. The birth of a baby changes everything and we need to support and empower women on this incredible journey.

Beccy Hands

After a busy and exhausting career as a producer in the TV & Film industry, Beccy decided to take a bit of a leap of faith in 2000 and re-train as a remedial massage therapist, specialising in pre-and postnatal clinical massage.

During this time, she also trained as a birth and postnatal Doula, working with midwives & physios across Asia and South America. This is where she really started to understand the importance of nurturing new mums, mentally and physically. This has been the driving force for much of her postnatal work over the years, supporting women during pregnancy and the postnatal period and encouraging new mums to really take time out to rest and recoup after childbirth.

Alexis and Beccy are the duo behind The Mother Box – a complete package of pregnancy, birth and postnatal gifts, courses and workshops carefully created to nurture, heal and empower new mums.

Everything every mum needs to know about the postnatal period can also be found in their The Little Book of Self-Care for New Mums; a handy survival guide to becoming a new mum.

For lots more support and advice, visit @the_mother_box on Instagram.

Excerpt from The Little Book of Self Care for New Mums by Beccy Hands & Alexis Stickland (Vermillion, £12.99).

Alongside the adjustments you are making, your little one is adjusting to life on the other side too! The 12 weeks following birth have now become known as ‘The Fourth Trimester’, and it really makes perfect sense that your baby…
Around the three to four month mark, some new mums may be thriving. Others, not so much. Aside from the more ‘common’ things many experience, like sleep deprivation, some may be experiencing feelings they didn’t expect to have as a…
If you’re not ok, say We know that during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period SO much is changing for a woman that it is hardly surprising that she may feel her mental health is affected. Feeling a little anxious…
Beccy and Alexis share their favourite 10 instant mood lifts for new mums: 1. The Ocean Breath Sometimes it can feel like life is coming at us from every direction. If and when you feel this way, stop what you…
So, you’ve been sent home from hospital, or discharged from the midwife with a reminder that, you can in fact get pregnant when breastfeeding, so it would be wise to use a barrier method until you work out what other…
Becky and Alexis share some of their top self-care tips for new mums during the 4th trimester: 1. Slow it down First week in bed, second on the sofa. We know resting as a new mum sounds like an oxymoron-…
The female body is incredible. When you break it down and really consider it, the fact that you had the ability to grow an actual human being from scratch is mind blowing. Even more fascinating still is the fact that…
You’ve waited for this very moment for what feels like an age but now it’s here you might suddenly feel not so sure that you’re ready! But nerves are natural and the months of anticipation have come to an end…
Giving birth is such a momentous occasion and your incredible body really is put through its paces! Recovering from giving birth is another thing in itself. You are coming to terms mentally and physically with a huge amount of change.…
A typical pregnancy lasts between 37 and 42 weeks from the first day of your last period up to the day your baby is born. Now is the time to get prepared to discuss everything in ‘weeks’ but don’t worry…
As soon as you find out the wonderful news that you are pregnant, first thing’s first (after some of the excitement has slightly subsided) you will need to let your GP know. So, get yourself booked in with your doctor…
Antenatal classes are booked according to your due date and designed to bring you up to speed on your rapidly growing bump and prepare you for birth and all those exciting milestones beyond! Whilst these classes are not compulsory, lots…
Your body will go through many changes during pregnancy, some will be very common symptoms (or complaints!), some changes may be more of a cause for concern whilst others are natural and healthy – even if they do feel a…
Although most pregnancies will be complication free, it is always worth being in the know when it comes to certain pregnancy-specific medical conditions. This way, at least you are aware of the signs and symptoms to be on the lookout…
There’s no doubt that you and your bump will benefit from some exercise. What you do will be determined in part by what you did before. Find something you enjoy, as long as there isn’t a risk of you falling…
Whether it’s planning a holiday, a wedding, re-decorating the spare room or even just a free weekend, who doesn’t love a bit of planning! And a birth plan is something both exciting and hugely valuable when you are preparing for…
Whether you’re planning to give birth in the hospital or at home, whatever the plan, it’s a good idea to pack a hospital bag in advance so that you are prepared for any eventuality. Packing for labour Hospitals can often…
In a strange course of events, as you near the end of your pregnancy – a time when your focus should be on resting up (with your feet up), you might all of a sudden find yourself with bursts of…
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