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Local, up to date and current directory for baby businesses in Suffolk.

So you’ve stumbled across The Baby Experts website or Facebook page and maybe considering coming on board as an advertiser.

I thought I would take some time to let you know what I think are the top 5 reasons to advertise with us.

1) Because we aren’t a free directory.

I know, I know, that wasn’t what you were expecting to be number 1 was it? Well there’s good reason why we charge a very small fee to advertise with us. That reason is because the free directories are full to the brim of businesses that are no longer trading. Everyone who starts a business whacks there listings up here, there and everywhere and when their business changes or they unfortunately stop trading they have no incentive to take the adverts down.
When I started The Baby Experts I trawled through Netmums and emailed every pregnancy, birth and baby related business on there and was genuinely shocked at how many emails bounced back. Can you imagine how frustrating this would be for our potential clients??
With a small advertising fee starting at £1 a month, it helps keep the listings up to date and current. If someone stops paying their invoice, their listings get taken down. Simple!

2) We don’t list in alphabetical order. 

As a business owner I found it frustrating when I was listed on a directory and then a new business would open up and would be above me on the listings, just because their business name came before mine in the alphabet!
Here at The Baby Experts our advertisers are listed in the order in which they signed up.

3) We create a sense of community amongst the advertisers. 

It can be a lonely place being self employed. When I set up Inner Calm Birth I remember how much time I spent in front of my laptop on my own trying to get my business out there. We have a private Facebook group that all advertisers are invited to join. Here we all discuss any challenges we are currently having, helping each other out and this is also where we arrange nights out too. This Facebook group is also perfect for when I am writing blogs to go up on the website, quite often I will put shout outs for advertisers current promotions, events and information so I can see whats happening and promote that for you.

4) An easy to navigate website. 

One of the things that frustrated me the most about the other directories, was how hard they were to navigate. I genuinely struggled to find my own advert for Inner Calm Birth on Netmums. There seemed to be absolutely no sense in how the website was laid out. (If you have a spare 10 mins head to www.netmums.com/westsuffolk and see if you can find your advert, if you stumble across my advert could you let me know how to get to it!!)
Having struggled with the other directories this made me ensure that The Baby Experts website would be easy to navigate, making sure your potential clients are able to find your listing quickly and easily.

5) We’re not all about the mums! 

The majority of pregnancy, birth, baby and child related websites and Facebook pages are aimed at mums. I’m very aware that dads are very much on this parenting journey just as much as mums are. Our website and Facebook page are aimed at both mums and dads.

OK, ok I know I said 5 reasons but this next one couldn’t be left out.

6) We give back.

A percentage of all advertising fees go into a fund to help support pregnant women in our refuges throughout Suffolk. Quite often these women are moved away from their friends and family for their own safety. This will often mean that these women face the prospect of giving birth alone. The fund pays for a hypnobirthing teacher in the area to go into the refuge and teach the pregnant woman the tools and techniques she will need to give birth calmly and confidently. These women have had their power taken away from them by abusive partners, by doing this we give them back their power to give birth in an empowered way.

A little about me. 

Im Vicky, a wife and mum to two little ones. Hattie my 1 year old and Arthur who is 4. As well as running The Baby Experts I also have another business called Inner Calm Birth. I am an experienced birth consultant who is accredited to teach The Wise Hippo Birthing programme. I also specialise in teaching women who are looking to VBAC or have a cesarean section.
As well as The Wise Hippo I am also qualified as a birth trauma specialist, I work with couples who have suffered birth trauma. By using hypnosis techniques I can help these couples sever the negative emotions they have attached to a previous birth.
I am passionate about helping fellow business owners get their businesses out in front of the right people. I know how it feels to sit behind your laptop night after night advertising and promoting your business. If I can help take some of that pressure away and help fill your diary then I am a very happy bunny!

About Vicky Barbour-Andrews

The Baby Experts - All round crazy lady, owner of two businesses, two little people and a husband. I am one of those people who just doesn't stop. On both of my maternity leaves I have chosen to start up a new businesses with my new 'spare time'. Some may call me crazy, some may call me stupid but to me I am just me, take me as I am as I do anything for a hassle free life as I believe it is for the living and enjoying - grab it by the balls people as we don't know how long we have here!


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