nordicstork was founded by Leah Anidi-Ryz in 2020, a blessed Mum of three with a penchant for all things Scandi and natural.
Leah's background is in User Experience Design, Research and Product Design. It was through combining this skillset and passion for helping children learn and develop through play, that nordicstork was born.
Baby Daniel was born on June 5th 2020 at 18.02. He was born at term (39 weeks and 2 days) but was unexpectedly very little. It was a huge surprise for everyone as he had been measuring big in utero. Leah also had a small hamorrage during the surgery.
All was well at first but at 20 hours old, Daniel couldn't manage his blood sugar levels and became at risk of brain damage. He was rushed to Supportive Care, leaving Leah with just his baby hat for comfort. Other women were happily wheeled in joyously with their own bundles.
Leah recalls not knowing a pain like it.
"You just feel like your whole soul has been ripped out of you. I just couldn't talk - actually, I couldn't breathe. It probably wasn't helped by my hormones, but I wouldn't wish that pain on anyone"
Despite having just had major abdominal surgery, Leah visited Daniel constantly day and night in an attempt to breastfeed him - something that Leah wasn't able to do when her four year old twins were born and was therefore extra important to her.
Daniel was being tube fed in order to get his blood sugar levels up, which was completely necessary, though admittedly difficult for Leah to witness and accept.
Once home, there was certainly an adjustment phase to be had. Daniel's siblings, Jacob and Ruby, had not seen their Mummy in over a week, for her to then arrive home with an 'imposter'. It was during lockdown and Daniel and Leah had not been allowed any visitors.
"The wonderful midwives became my friend, family, therapist and support system, all wrapped up in one"
Leah escalated her plans for nordicstork shortly after Daniel came home. In some ways, it was a welcome distraction from the trauma that she'd gone through, which of course did eventually catch up with her a few weeks later, but is now firmly in the past. After-all, Daniel had become quite the "chunk".
Now having known what it feels like to have a poorly child, Leah is committed to building a company that gives back to other children and families that are not as lucky as her own.
"Our customers are free to buy anywhere they like, but they've told us that they love giving back through their purchases through nordicstork and it costs them nothing extra to make an impact"
Stay safe, from all of us at nordicstork