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Positive Birth & Parents Talking Group

My doula friend, Grace, and I host this informal group in Caversham on the third Thursday of each month, 10-12 at Sibling's Home.Please see our Positive Birth Group Reading Facebook page for dates.

 

The Positive Birth Movement is a 'grass roots movement, spreading positivity about childbirth via a global network of free Positive Birth groups, linked up by social media. We aim to challenge the current epidemic of negativity around childbirth by bringing women together.' There is lots of great information and birth stories on the PB site.

 

You are welcome to come and talk about different options for your baby's birth, your anxieties or to talk about how things went differently from planned. You do not need to have had a 'positive birth' to come - it's all subjective anyway! A caeserean birth may be very positive in some circumstances and a home birth might be quite unexpected and unwanted in another. When talking about positive birth we are focusing on choice!

 

We run this combined with a Parents Talking group, inspired by Naomi Stadlen's Mothers Talking meetings in London.  I thoroughly recommend her wonderful and insightful book What Mothers Do.  The aim is to provide a space where parents can talk about their experience of parenting, without judgement and indepth. It is different from meeting at a playgroup where you may not feel comfortable talking about the deeper feelings you have about parenting, particularly if it is a new experience!

 

What happens?

We come together with our bumps, babies and pre-schoolers to talk in an informal group, over a cup of tea and biscuits. The Positive Birth Movement provide a monthly theme, but the group is there to respond to whatever comes up in the moment. We started with only a Positive Birth Group, but found that women tended to come only once to gather information and there wasn't an opportunity to build up relationships. By hosting the Parents Talking group at the same time, it provides a reason to keep coming together, sharing and supporting.

 

You can feed your babies, stay for as little or as long as you want.

 

Please contact me by email or Grace through the PB Facebook page for details of the venue.

 

We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Birth & Parent Group

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