Mums to be, new mums, older mums and grandparents will breathe a sigh of relief as Stockport is soon to welcome the epitome of self-care that is The Mama Sanctuary. The brainchild of Mumtobe.com founder and mum to six, Rachael Kirkwood, The Mama Sanctuary will be a place like no other, a place for you to visit, shop, get your hair and nails done, check-in on your mental and physical wellbeing and enjoy a rare “hot” brew, all with little ones in tow in a safe and non-judgemental environment.
Set in a two-storey building between the new Redrock Development and Stockport’s upcoming Old Town area, The Mama Sanctuary will be a beautiful space that all mums want to attend - the pretty pink and floral interior has been designed by Rachael to create a relaxing, luxurious and indulgent space where you can get a break from typical mum life and escape the four walls without the guilt of leaving the children with family or a babysitter. With ample parking at the Redrock multi-storey car park across the road, and Sainsbury’s and Asda car parks nearby, getting to us is also super simple.
As a mum it can often be isolating and difficult to leave the house, take care of yourself in the way you did before children and meet or catch up with mum friends. That’s why we’ve thought of everything to make this possible. Our luxurious hair and beauty salon will have sociable booths where you can get your nails done while chatting to a friend or another like-minded mummy, two treatment rooms offering a wide range of relaxing services including pregnancy massage, waxing, facials and lashes, as well as a wheelchair-friendly hair station, nail bar and treatment room.
The salon will put the needs of you and your baby first, sourcing hair and skin products that contain no harmful chemicals and are vegan, cruelty-free and non-toxic. We’ll be using cult brands The Gel Bottle and Nailberry for all nail treatments which are renowned for their safe, ’5 FREE' & '12 FREE’ toxin-free properties. We have sourced ammonia-free hair dyes - meaning no strong, offensive smells (for sensitive pregnant noses!) and a safer way to colour hair during pregnancy. The salon will also offer children’s haircuts for those wishing to fill two needs with one deed!
While you enjoy some much needed “me time”, our friendly and professional childcare staff will take care of your little ones in the well-equipped, soundproofed creche - there will also be a chill-out area for older children with TV & computer games. Your kids will love it. If you wish to put your little ones into the creche you can check on them on our baby monitors. Or, if you prefer to keep baby close by we have ample space for bouncers to be positioned next to treatment chairs and staff who are ready and willing to pick up and soothe unsettled babies when your hands are tied. Childcare will be free for the first child for the duration of your salon session and £3 per hour for an extra child. Bookings will be required to ensure there is space in the creche - you're welcome to call on the day to see if we have any last minute cancellations. Older children are also welcome after school to watch tv or play on the Xbox while you enjoy your treatment. As well as top-notch childcare, we also have everything you need for a no-hassle visit including baby changing facilities, a perfect prep machine and bottle warming facilities if needed.
As a mum of 6 (including four who are under 3 years old!) founder Rachael Kirkwood understands how difficult it can be to take time out for yourself, to visit the hairdressers or to get your nails done. She also suffered with postnatal depression when her twins were born. Her daughter was only 9 months old when she welcomed 2 tiny babies at 34 weeks. Getting out of the house was a nightmare:
“This is something I've dreamt about for a long time - as a mum, I still want to look nice. Being a mum can be very challenging, lonely - you often feel like you've lost your identity and can struggle to get out of the house with a baby or toddler. Sometimes what you imagined motherhood to be, turns out completely different. Little things like not being able to get out of the house to do something for yourself can contribute to postnatal depression. As Giovanna Fletcher says "A happy mum makes a happy baby" your wellbeing matters. Thinking about going to a salon with a baby has always given me a great deal of anxiety. What would I do if they cried, what would I do if my nails were wet and I couldn't pick her up, what about the toxic smell? You don’t need to worry about any of those things - we’ve got it all covered.”
“This will be a place you can go to, where other mums are in the same boat. You can still look nice, and you can bring baby with you. Not all new mums want to leave their baby with someone else. Here you will have the option. Nobody is going to judge you for still wanting to look nice - who says becoming a mum means you have to stop doing everything you did before. I’ve designed the whole building myself - I hope you love it. I hope it brings lots of mums together, gives you the chance to meet some new friends, makes your life a little bit easier and gives you the chance to relax.”
The Mama Sanctuary will offer you more than just a beauty salon with childcare and shopping, it will offer an all-round immersive experience, a place you can visit to feel at home, not judged and comfortable with or without your little ones – a place where no one will stop and stare if your baby has a 20 minute meltdown or your toddler refuses to get off the floor ☺
Women’s health will also be at the heart of what The Mama Sanctuary offers. It will provide a safe and non-threatening space for the community offering life-saving advice for postnatal depression, free Midwife drop-in clinics, breast checks and more. By offering such services The Mama Sanctuary will act as a hub to support you along every step of your pregnancy and motherhood journey. We are hoping to pitch to investors to offer ultrasound services and open Mama Sanctuaries in other locations.
Also on the ground floor, Mollie & Oli will be opening their first UK store, offering you a relaxing shopping experience for 100% handmade in the UK products. Devised by founder Rachael, the brand sells baby & toddler clothing, nursery interiors and accessories, linen ring slings, new baby gifts and beautifully printed fabrics designed by Rachael herself. Look out for the special pre-packed goodie bags which include the essentials: Hospital Bag Essentials, Newborn Essentials and Baby Shower Essentials. No more last-minute shopping for maternity pads and lip balm! With the ethos of helping other mums and mums in business too, The Mama Sanctuary will also be stocking other small, independent brands. If you have a small mum and baby business and would like to stock your products in the Mama Sanctuary on a commission basis, please email email@example.com. We already have a huge list of interested businesses - applications close on the 15th of October 2019.
That’s not all, the spacious first floor will also host regular pregnancy, antenatal classes, baby first aid courses, hypnobirthing courses, maternity photography, sling libraries, mum and baby classes and more. At the weekend, the same space can be hired out for special events.
And before you leave don’t forget to dip into the free mum & baby product sample jars dotted around The Mama Sanctuary. If you have a mum or baby business and would like to hire the event space or send some samples for us to offer to mums please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to know when we begin taking bookings and for the latest news on the launch of The Mama Sanctuary visit www.mumtobe.com and join our email list - we will email you when our booking system is up and running.
We look forward to welcoming you to our sanctuary :) We are aiming to open towards the end of November 2019. If you’re not in Manchester, do not worry - we will be bringing the Mama Sanctuary to other Cities.
Are you a hairdresser, beauty therapist or work in childcare? We’re hiring!
We are currently recruiting for the following positions at The Mama Sanctuary:
Hairstylist x 1
Children's Hairdresser x 1
Salon Manager x 1
Nail/Beauty Therapists x 2 (experience with The Gel Bottle polishes is preferred, but not necessary. Training can be provided)
Lash Technician x 1
Childcare Professionals x 2
We will consider renting hair chairs and nail stations to successful candidates who we feel will fit well with our brand. Please email your CV to email@example.com with some photos of your work.
If you’re a charity and would like to work with us to offer Postnatal support please email firstname.lastname@example.org