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 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. 

Pregnancy Yoga. Mondays online.

Exeter Home Birth Group

Exeter Babies, for real nappies, peer breastfeeding support and playgroups in Exeter

Exmouth ‘Bosom Buddies’ Breastfeeding support


Doula UK:

List of local doulas covering Exeter, put in your postcode to find who covers your area:

AIMS (wealth of information on all aspects of maternity provision):

Birth Choices UK:

BellyBelly (pregnancy, birth & baby resource):

Spinning Babies (a must visit website):

Independent Midwives UK:

IPEN Independent Placenta Encapsulation Network:


Breech Birth:

Birthing supplies:

TEDX talks on pregnancy, birth & doulas

JUNO magazine: – for a free copy enter the code: UDC31187 on this page:



Association of Breastfeeding Mothers: tel: 0300 330 5453

Breastfeeding Network: 0300100 0212

La Leche League:


Sleep & breastfeeding:

Exeter Babies, for real nappies, peer breastfeeding support and playgroups in Exeter

Exmouth ‘Bosom Buddies’ Breastfeeding support

Mental Health Support

Mind: Info-line: 0300 123 3393, Text: 86463

Action on Postpartum Psychosis (APP), Information and support for anyone affected by postpartum psychosis:

Anxiety UK, Advice and support for people living with anxiety:

The Association for Post Natal Illness, Provides support for women experiencing postnatal depression:

Birth Trauma Association, Support for anyone affected by birth trauma, including partners:

Family Action, Supports families of any kind, including with mental health problems:

Family Lives, Information and support for parents and families:

Fatherhood Institute, Information, research and training to support fathers and their families:

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):

Maternal OCD, Information and support for people experiencing perinatal OCD, and their families:

The Miscarriage Association, 01924 200799, Information and support for anyone affected by miscarriage, molar pregnancy or ectopic pregnancy:

No Panic, 0844 967 4848, Provides a helpline, step-by-step programmes, and support for people with anxiety disorders:

PANDAS Foundation, Information and support for anyone experiencing a mental health problem during or after pregnancy:

PND & Me, Online network connecting people with experience of perinatal mental health problems through Twitter.

Sands, Information and support for anyone affected by the death of a baby:

Tommy’s, Information and support for people affected by stillbirth, miscarriage and premature birth:

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