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

Some people come only online, or only in person or a mixture of both. It’s up to you.

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 carefully curated list of materials to help you navigate through motherhood.

Resources

Local Groups

The Nesters Group – for Pregnancy and Beyond. In-person in Exeter, and alternative weeks online. https://thenestsw.org/events/ 

Pregnancy Yoga. Wednesdays 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/

Talkworks for wellbeing in parenthood groups:  https://www.talkworks.dpt.nhs.uk/workshops/wellbeing-for-parenthood

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/

Parenting

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

Parenting by Connection: https://www.handinhandparenting.org/who-we-are/our-approach/

Childs 1st year: http://www.naturalchild.org/jan_hunt/babyspeaks.html

Natural Parenting UK: www.natural-parenting.com

Steve Biddulph http://www.stevebiddulph.com/Site_1/Home.html

The Informed Parent: http://www.informedparent.co.uk/

Baby Loss

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/

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

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

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

Mental Health Support

Talkworks parental mental health info:  https://www.talkworks.dpt.nhs.uk/parental-support-for-mental-health

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/

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

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/

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