Before our babies, Nyree and I were just two friends who loved to eat (give us sushi or dim sum any day), drink and go to concerts. We met six years ago at a Natural hair event when Nyree had just moved here from the US. I fell pregnant six months after Nyree, and as exciting as it was — we both realised that we hadn’t been given a heads up on the realities of giving birth and the aftercare. We both had different birth experiences and this gave us a rich perspective on how challenging recovery can be. It enabled us to share our stories, and when we spoke to other women, we realised that there was definitely a lack of information out there!

As beautiful and joyful as it is having a baby, the topic of becoming a mother is such an overwhelming and complex issue. Not many discuss the realities of the postpartum period (the first six to 12 weeks following childbirth and beyond) which is a very crucial time in respects to mental and emotional wellbeing. We combined our lived experiences as mothers and professionals, Nyree’s background in product development and Anisah’s project management skills to create the Mum Bub Hub solution: This is a solution for pregnant women and new mothers — we offer carefully created natural products with simple plant-based ingredients to help women heal, rest and recover immediately after childbirth. To complement this we deliver community workshops concerning pregnancy, wellbeing and postpartum recovery. It’s a self-care regime that is readily available —we know how tough it can be and this is why we created this platform.

We want to empower women and their friends and partners, to have those missed conversation around pregnancy and the recovery period. So many of us get confused because society and more recently social media has moulded its own opinions and views on what childbirth is like. From our choices on how to feed our babies to our physical appearance post-birth and even our parenting style. We believe that nothing should alter what natural means to us as individuals. If it’s safe and feels instinctive to you then you should feel empowered to follow through with your decisions, opinion or lifestyle choice. It’s about understanding that we are all living a shared experience, however, there are intricacies that make our stories worth sharing. We are encouraging mothers to start this dialogue and to recognise and accept that we all have different ways of doing things.