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All About Mandy

Welcome,

I'm Mandy and I'm so pleased that you found your way here...

I am the founder of Mother For Life. I’m also a mum of two daughters, a healer and an expert in all things touching the wellbeing of mothers. I am a mentor, a guide and here to make sure that you believe in your own ability to mother in a way that fills you with happiness and joy. I know it’s tough. I also know that, with the right support, you have it in you to shine!

I guide mothers and babies through every stage of their conception, birth and beyond journey. What that means is that everything I do is centred around the physical and emotional health of mums and babies. I hold safe spaces for you and your baby so that you never feel alone. Life throws us challenges and I’m here to make sure that you come through all of them with sparkle and joy!

Now the official bit:

I am an energy guide and healer, a 200-hours certified yoga teacher who specialises in pregnancy and postnatal yoga. A Birthlight postnatal yoga teacher, Spinning Babies techniques trained guide, postnatal doula and a passionate baby massage teacher. I have an LLB Hons degree and LPC.

I am a qualified Women’s Emotional Health Coach.

Mandy Rees, Mother For Life

As Seen In...

Birthlight
baby show
icandy
harvey nichols
john lewis
independent yoga network
Wheel of Yoga
Great Run
Evening Mail
heart radio
capital radio
find us on hoop

My Why

I started my professional life as a real-estate lawyer at an international law firm; I did escape from that dark side. I am the mum of two wonderful daughters, Grace and Neave. I know how amazing, scary, empowering and overwhelming motherhood can be; it’s challenges took me completely by surprise and scared me to my core. I have been where you are now. I understand how you’re feeling.

I've guided hundreds of mums and babies through pregnancy and birth and been there to support even more women in their postnatal journey. I founded Mother For Life because I believe in women and mothers and I want you to believe in yourself as well. The more mothers value themselves and embrace their own self-care and self-worth, the happier their families are.

As mothers, we are given the responsibility of nurturing the future; our children. There is nothing more important than that. Yet, don’t you feel that motherhood is undervalued and unappreciated? I do and I think that’s why we hold back from asking for our own needs to be met and respected. That’s why many of us are unhappy with the way motherhood has changed us. We’re crying out for someone to notice what we do and to notice us. I am here to make sure that you are noticed and that you feel no guilt in still being the woman you want to be alongside the mother.

Mandy Rees, Mother For Life

Mother For Life

Honouring every mother

Where did all this begin…

My journey into motherhood was a tough one. I suffered with anxiety and post-natal depression after I had Grace. I never thought of myself as an overly anxious person so this was not something I expected to happen to me. My expectations were too high and felt disappointed with the mother I was. It was the hardest thing I had ever done and I felt that I had failed. I felt lost and I was so lonely.

When I had the opportunity to change careers, I knew that I wanted to work with mums and their babies. I had to do something that made every mum feel valued, confident and herself again - to lose the fog and see the sunshine in her life once more. I am genuinely invested in ensuring mothers like you are supported. I don’t want you to feel as I did.

I had practised yoga since my student days. Through yoga I was able to find peace, headspace and also my own self-belief again.

It became clear to me

that yoga, flow and breath would help mums and their babies during pregnancy and for life

So I trained to be a yoga and baby massage teacher.

I also wanted to create a community. This was my main goal. I didn't have one when Grace was born and I know my mental health suffered because it was missing. Spend any time with me and you become part of our circle and we hold you and your baby safely in our arms.

I encourage openness in the safety of the spaces I create. There is time after every class to talk with other mums and to make those really important friendships. We hold regular meet-ups outside classes as well as women's circles which is where the magic really happens. There is a space for you within Mother For Life whether you love everything about motherhood or find it really challenging.

My greatest joys are being able to spend time with my girls and the beautiful, empowered mothers in my classes. Watching you all grow is simply amazing.

I have created what I needed as a new, anxious and overwhelmed mum. My classes and circles are here for you to rediscover your joy and your future. Imagine living in colour again and chasing the clouds away. I want you to live with sparkle!

Mandy Rees, Mother For Life
Mandy,
Mandy, Keri
Mandy, daughters
Mandy and family

Giving Back

I have supported Acacia Family Support through my running and also held classes in their centres to help new mums. Acacia is a Birmingham based charity providing support to families struggling with anxiety and depression.

Currently, I’m fundraising for Woodland House, a brand-new, purpose-built centre close to Birmingham Women's Hospital for parents coping with the devastating loss of their baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death. I aim to raise £10,000 over the next five years.

I hold regular donation sessions at our meetups and also contribute monthly to support communities in Malawi through the charity Love Support Unite.

I volunteer at Birmingham Women’s Hospital. I spend time on the neonatal ward with families and their tiny babies helping them to heal by sharing the loving touch of baby massage.

Mandy Rees, Mother For Life

What our mums say...

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Absolutely love her classes

I returned to Mandy's pregnancy yoga classes following my second pregnancy as I absolutely loved her classes first time round and made some solid friendships. 
Mandy creates such a welcoming and safe environment. She is passionate about ensuring mums and mums to be have a support network alongside the yoga which is so vital. Her classes provide opportunities for open discussion around pregnancy/childbirth/motherhood and no question is out of bounds!
Following the birth of my daughter, I went on to attend baby massage and baby yoga classes, both of which I can thoroughly recommend. Baby massage has given me some really helpful techniques to manage baby's trapped wind and has also helped me deepen the bond with my little ones. Baby yoga was surprisingly more relaxing than I expected! I have made some amazing friendships that have continued post classes. I would definitely recommend Mandy's classes. She is so honest and puts her heart and soul into her classes. 

Suzanne

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Fantastic!

I did want to say thank you. Your classes are fantastic - you explain everything so clearly and know which achy bits to work on. It has made me think that I should find a ‘normal’ (ie not postnatal) yoga class post-lockdown, but finding the time will be a big challenge! I also think that what you do for mums is great and I hope that you will be able to start your classes in person again soon. If I come across any mums to be or new mums I will certainly recommend you, although Arlo was a late (and very happy) addition to our family and most of the mums I know have kids at school now. That’s been another positive for me actually - being able to connect with people going through the baby/pregnancy stage as otherwise it would have been very easy to neglect that side of my life with the demands of having other young children. One of the unforeseen bonuses of Mandy's classes was that my baby always slept for three hours afterwards!

Beth

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Mandy understands that babies have their own minds...

Mandy was extremely friendly and made me feel at ease so quickly. Which was fantastic as I was nervous being the youngest mum in the room. It was good to introduce everybody and nice for Mandy to explain she understands babies have their own minds so if we wanted to we could feed or change nappies just simply watch.

And she really meant it. 

Having tea and cake at the end of each session made you stay and engage with the mums.  I loved how Mandy explained all the benefits of the different massages e.g. winds/sinuses  Oh and one final thing I loved the goody bag! Couldn’t rate the class highly enough.

Leanne

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Mandy really encourages everyone

I first attended Mandy’s pregnancy yoga classes when I was pregnant with my first baby, the yoga helped hugely with my pregnancy aches and pains but most of all the support and encouragement from both Mandy and the rest of the group was amazing. Mandy really encourages everyone to engage with each other which wasn’t something that I had experienced in other groups I attended, it meant that I felt safe in asking that daft question or verbalising my fears! I then went on to attend baby massage and postnatal yoga with my first baby and again the support and ability to engage with other new moms was fantastic! I have recently had my second baby and attended pregnancy yoga, whilst I had less concerns and worries about pregnancy and birth the classes gave me a dedicated hour to have just for me...which was so important and you don’t get much time to yourself when you are running around after a toddler! I am now attending postnatal yoga and although this is having to be done via zoom Mandy has continued to provide a safe environment and an opportunity to engage with other Moms! Thank you Mandy you help me keep my sanity!

Ann-Marie

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SO glad I'd found Mandy and her classes

I had previously been to a few different yoga classes and found them a bit intense and not what I was looking for. I heard about Mandy's prenatal yoga classes through a friend and it sounded just what I was looking for. From the first session I was SO glad I'd found Mandy and her classes. They are way more than a yoga class - meditation, breathing exercises, relaxation and a chance to chat to other expectant mums and soak in Mandy's wisdom. The jammie dodgers are a welcome bonus to the class too! Since lockdown the classes were via zoom and this worked really well and I still had the same sense of connection and relaxation I got from the in person class. Between classes I also did Mandy's yoga sessions on her website which really helped me stay relaxed and helped my aches and pains. I also made sure I regularly listened to her audio relaxations which helped me stay calm and grounded in those final weeks. Above all of this, Mandy has been a wonderful support and checked in with me after the birth of my daughter and during our hospital stay - Mandy really does go above and beyond and puts out some brilliant online content. I can't thank her enough!

Georgina

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I feel empowered as a pregnant woman and as a future mum

I signed up to the class to get to meet local expectant mums with the side benefit of a nice stretch.  I did meet some lovely local mums and found it so helpful to have a space where you could talk about any issues and get advice or support. What really surprised me was how much I valued the yoga and stretching but mostly the breathing exercises. It gave me a toolkit of things to do during pregnancy and also in Labour and has made me feel excited for the birth! Mandy’s affirmations during the rest time have really spoken to me and made me feel empowered as a pregnant woman and as a future mum.

 The class was so beneficial to me, to have a space just for me to enjoy my pregnancy and learn about the things I can do in birth to help it be a positive event. Thank you!

Emma

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Every class provides a relaxed and friendly environment

I first attended baby massage classes when my son was 3 months old, and then went on to do mum and baby yoga, and I’m on my 4th block of classes now (my son is now 9 months old!) Every class provides a relaxed and friendly environment, great yoga for post pregnancy, focussing on pelvic floor exercises and breathing, and a general feel good hour where you can forget about the outside world. The cake and tea are a bonus at the end of the classes and I have met some really lovely moms through attending. Mandy has a special gift at teaching and she never fails to create a relaxed environment for the babies, who all seem fixated by her presence. I am so glad I found her classes as Wednesdays are my favourite days of the week! Cannot recommend enough.

Gee

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Mandy is such a positive influence

I went to Mandy's pregnancy yoga class for a block of 8 lessons. I enjoyed it so much that I kept going for another two blocks. You may think you're going for yoga, but it's so much more. Mandy is such a positive influence on how you feel about your pregnancy, birth and parenting. I gained friends, lost any fear of giving birth and am looking forward to joining one of her baby classes with my newborn.

Aswalia