Pregnancy & Birth

Becoming a mother is a transformational rite of passage and our aim is for you to have the best possible experience.

Find out about our Nesters & Nestlings groups, workshops & classes, online resource library, and our Hire, Borrow, Buy service all on this page.

Our Pregnancy & Beyond Support Group can help you focus on having the best possible experience as you prepare for birth and parenting, and also meet people within a like-minded community.

It is open to all women and non-binary parents. Many women start coming in pregnancy and then continue after their baby has arrived as we support the transition to motherhood, also known as the matrescence. There is a closed WhatsApp group for people to connect in-between sessions.

Nesters Pregnancy & Beyond Group: Every Tuesday from 7.30pm

Week 1: In person at The Beacon Community Centre, Exeter.

Week 2: Online on ZOOM

For your home-birth experience

HIRE, BORROW & BUY


Hire is available for 6 weeks from 37 weeks pregnant. Should you require for a longer period then please ask. We offer discounts to those on low income and/or benefits. This has been possible thanks to funding gratefully received from Exeter City Council.


Our ever-growing list of materials to help you navigate through motherhood.

Pregnancy & Birth Resources

Local Groups

The Nesting Group –  Perinatal Peer Support. Fortnightly in-person in Exeter, and alternative weeks online. https://thenestsw.org/events/ 

Pregnancy Yoga. Mondays online. https://thenestsw.org/events/

Exeter Home Birth Group http://www.exeterhomebirth.com/

Exeter Babies, for real nappies, peer breastfeeding support and playgroups in Exeter http://www.exeterbabies.co.uk/

Exmouth ‘Bosom Buddies’ Breastfeeding support https://www.facebook.com/exmouthbosombuddies/

Websites

Doula UK: http://doula.org.uk/

List of local doulas covering Exeter, put in your postcode to find who covers your area: https://doula.org.uk/find-a-doula/

AIMS (wealth of information on all aspects of maternity provision): http://aims.org.uk/

Birth Choices UK: http://www.birthchoiceuk.com/BirthChoiceUKFrame.htm?http://www.birthchoiceuk.com/Antenatal.htm

BellyBelly (pregnancy, birth & baby resource): http://www.bellybelly.com.au/

Spinning Babies (a must visit website): http://www.spinningbabies.com/more-info/for-pregnancy

Independent Midwives UK: http://www.independentmidwives.org.uk/

IPEN Independent Placenta Encapsulation Network: http://www.placentanetwork.com/

Hormones: http://www.essexmums.org/pregnancy-hormones.html

Breech Birth: http://www.breechbirth.ca/Welcome.html

Birthing supplies: http://www.homebirthsupplies.co.uk/

TEDX talks on pregnancy, birth & doulas http://www.hellosunshineok.com/blog/2015/7/21/ted-talks-for-pregnancy-and-birth

JUNO magazine: http://www.junomagazine.com/ – for a free copy enter the code: UDC31187 on this page: http://shop.junopublishing.co.uk/contact-us/get-a-free-copy/

Homebirth: http://www.homebirth.org.uk/

Breastfeeding

Association of Breastfeeding Mothers: http://abm.me.uk tel: 0300 330 5453

Breastfeeding Network: http://www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk/ 0300100 0212

La Leche League: http://www.lalecheleague.org/

NCT: http://www.nct.org.uk/parenting/breastfeeding-concerns

Sleep & breastfeeding: http://www.analyticalarmadillo.co.uk/2010/11/breastfeeding-moms-dont-get-less-sleep.html?m=1

Exeter Babies, for real nappies, peer breastfeeding support and playgroups in Exeter http://www.exeterbabies.co.uk/

Exmouth ‘Bosom Buddies’ Breastfeeding support https://www.facebook.com/exmouthbosombuddies/

Mental Health Support

Mind: https://www.mind.org.uk/. Info-line: 0300 123 3393, Text: 86463

Action on Postpartum Psychosis (APP), Information and support for anyone affected by postpartum psychosis: https://www.app-network.org/

Anxiety UK, Advice and support for people living with anxiety: https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/

The Association for Post Natal Illness, Provides support for women experiencing postnatal depression: https://apni.org/

Birth Trauma Association, Support for anyone affected by birth trauma, including partners: https://birthtraumaassociation.org.uk/

Family Action, Supports families of any kind, including with mental health problems: https://www.family-action.org.uk/

Family Lives, Information and support for parents and families: https://www.familylives.org.uk/

Fatherhood Institute, Information, research and training to support fathers and their families: http://www.fatherhoodinstitute.org/

The Lullaby Trust, 0808 802 6868 (Bereavement support), 0808 802 6869 (Information & advice), Information and support for people affected by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS): https://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/

Maternal OCD, Information and support for people experiencing perinatal OCD, and their families: https://maternalocd.org/

The Miscarriage Association, 01924 200799, Information and support for anyone affected by miscarriage, molar pregnancy or ectopic pregnancy: https://www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk/

No Panic, 0844 967 4848, Provides a helpline, step-by-step programmes, and support for people with anxiety disorders: https://nopanic.org.uk/

PANDAS Foundation, Information and support for anyone experiencing a mental health problem during or after pregnancy: https://www.pandasfoundation.org.uk/

PND & Me, Online network connecting people with experience of perinatal mental health problems through Twitter. http://pndandme.co.uk/

Sands, Information and support for anyone affected by the death of a baby: https://sands.org.uk/

Tommy’s, Information and support for people affected by stillbirth, miscarriage and premature birth: https://www.tommys.org/

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