A group of women in the Richmondshire involved in supporting pregnant or new mothers have set up a network to help women make more informed choices.
There are five groups in all and women are welcome to attend them for free free.
The group who launched the network include Tracey Smith, a midwife who also runs hypnobirthing classes. Kate Airey runs prenatal and postnatal pilates classes.
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Beth O’Shea-Godbolt is a breast feeding counsellor who runs a breast feeding support group in Catterick Garrison.
Ros Webb is a young mother who has started a breast feeding support group in Leyburn while Lesley Hilton is a birth and postnatal doula.
The groups are:
Positive Birth Movement – a group connecting pregnant women to share stories, expertise and positivity about childbirth. The group aims to “challenges the epidemic of negativity and fear around birth”.
It is part of an international movement to help women have a positive experience however they give birth. They meet the first Sunday of each month (except for Easter when it will be 8th April.) https://www.facebook.com/Positive-Birth-Group-Bedale-Catterick-Leyburn-and-Richmond-1912745948795770/
Homebirth Support Group – to inform and empower those wanting to know more about birthing in the comfort of your own home.
Meetings will be on the third Sunday of each month. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1800575433580570/about/
Postnatal Cafe – A drop in to provide support and company to any woman who needs it during the postnatal period.
Come and talk to other friendly women about feeding (breast or bottle), weaning, anxiety, depression or anything else that is on your mind. While eating cake at a real cafe in Catterick Garrison
Meeting weekly on a Monday morning. https://www.facebook.com/Postnatal-cafe-Bedale-Catterick-Richmond-and-Leyburn-391580777918433/
Catterick Breastfeeding Support meets weekly on Wednesday mornings –https://www.facebook.com/groups/1874749922598111/about/
And the Leyburn and surrounding areas Breastfeeding Support Group meets weekly on a Thursday morning. https://www.facebook.com/groups/2000825473490002/about/
Full details of the groups and contacts can be found on the Facebook pages.