Tiffany Norris is the one and only concierge for parenthood in the UK today.Acting as a baby’s personal assistant, on-call therapist and social director, Tiffany strives to be the ultimate parent protector, peacekeeper and negotiator when it comes to bringing a new tiny human into the world. Where demands go way beyond late-night food cravings and into the luxurious world of the super-rich, Tiffany is on hand to help with all kinds of seemingly impossible requests.
From opulent nurseries and stylists for new-borns to 3am calls worrying about just not being enough, Tiffany also shares her own rollercoaster journey to motherhood, as well as speaking honestly about her post-natal depression. Secrets of the Mummy Concierge reminds us all that being a new parent is one of the hardest jobs on earth.
And luckily, The Mummy Concierge is here to help.
Ok, hold on tight because The Mummy Concierge will open your eyes to the outlandish ideas, requests from mummies, and mummies to be that had money to burn and a need to outdo one another within their social circle.
Tiffany North was our wonderful guide, her eye for seeing the humour, but also the seriousness was admirable and the personal aspects of her own path to motherhood told with care and poignancy.
The opening chapter was jaw dropping funny but also a what the heck moment as a new mum readied herself for that perfect portrait to announce the birth of her baby. I won’t spoil it by saying what that funny moment was but let’s just say I was amazed. There were many more such moments, and i did think how lucky those women were to have such options, the private hospital, maternity nurses and nannies. Did it make me jealous that my simple NHS births were that simple? Maybe a little bit, on the whole my experience was a good one although a night time nurse would have gone down very well!!
You may think North was being quite indulgent in the manner with which she talked about the opulent nurseries, the members only Mummy and baby clubs, the endless private treatments to make pregnancy that little bit more bearable but it couldn’t have been further from the truth. Underneath it all there was a seriousness, heartache, and the knowledge that no matter how much money an individual may have the need for a baby, the loss is the same for everyone. Indeed the authors own journey to motherhood was anything but straight forward and I loved that her numerous failed IVF treatments added that raw personal touch to her narrative.
The toll it took on her mental health, her relationship with her husband and that all encompassing sorrow at watching friends, relatives fall pregnant at the drop of a hat, of women pushing prams were an integral and unflinching part of her book. Her own personal experience lent itself to her new business and the relate ability to her clients made me wish that she had been my Mummy Concierge. Her empathy, understanding and professionalism shone through, she was a friend not just a person providing a service.
It was lovely to read that she realised her dream of becoming a mummy and I do so hope her potential and old clients realise she is probably priceless.
The Mummy Concierge was a joy to read, lighthearted, serious, full of wonderful insight.
I would like to thank Blink Publishing for a copy of The Secrets Of The Mummy Concierge to read and review and to Compulsive Readers for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour.
About the author
Tiffany Norris is a no-nonsense mummy concierge, journalist and pregnancy guru who has worked with hundreds of pregnant mothers, and supports every woman who needs her help with tips and guidance – and sometimes just a listening ear. She is a journalist and presenter for Mumsnet, has written for Cosmo and Grazia and is an expert for The Baby Show. Tiffany owns and runs The Mummy Masterclasses parenting workshops for soon-to-be and new parents. She was the winner of the prestigious Jacqueline Gold women in Business award and has won the Theo Pathetis small business award. Tiffany would love to hear from you – do say hi to her or find out more on: INSTAGRAM, TWITTER and on her WEBSITE