There will be times as a pre/postnatal specialist, where it’s necessary for you to say:
“Hands up! I honestly don’t know.”
And, actually that’s completely fine.
There’s a growing trend across ‘Specialists’ in this industry to: educate yourself, get hands on, go on every training course going….in the hope that you’ll be able to solve ALL of your pre/postnatal clients’ problems.
Unfortunately, this really isn’t true.
Due to changes in recent legislation (Children and Disabled Persons Act), if you’re planning on running a postnatal class where mums bring their babies along with them, there are a few points for consideration before you begin.
Put simply, YOU as the Instructor in this environment, are responsible for each babies’ safety.
Not the mum.
It’s important therefore, that you don’t put a baby in a comprising or unsafe position, whilst their mother exercises.
One of the most commonly asked questions I field from Fitness Instructors, Pilates Teachers and Personal Trainers is:
“Claire, I’ve just found out I’m pregnant. It’s early days, but I just wanted to check with you – what do I need to stop doing to keep things safe for me whilst I continue to teach?”
So, to help any FitPros out there who are a) either in the early stages of pregnancy or b) trying to conceive, let me shed some light on the situation for you.
Setting up an outdoor buggy class for new mums is a brilliant way of training, for them, for their babies and for you too.
But, beware! There are certain qualifications and insurance boundaries you need to adhere to when running outdoor exercise classes for new mums.
To be honest, I tend to try and avoid answering this question directly because:
a) it was like a million years ago (!), and
b) I’m of the firm opinion that it doesn’t really matter which training provider you do your qualification with.
Point b) above is a fairly sweeping statement, I think you’d agree, but what I’m saying here is, as an Ante/Postnatal Fitness Expert, there are literally hundreds of training providers in the UK offering the Level 3 certificate, and to get to where I am today, it wasn’t based on who I trained with initially.