**Update from late March 2019**
Sadly, despite ours and Action for Children’s (who run the Children’s Centre) wishes we have lost our venue as West Exe Nursery are unable to accommodate us. Therefore we are no longer able to offer this group and support in St Thomas at the moment. If you have suggestions for an amazing central venue in St Thomas do contact us and we may look at returning. In the meantime if you need breastfeeding support there is a West of Exe Breastfeeding Support Group at St Thomas Tots, on Thursdays from 9.30-11 in the St Thomas Centre, and you can always find Gill and Jen at The Baby Room on Wednesdays 9.30-2.30 and Fridays 12-2.30 (the A bus from St Thomas is just a short walk).
(Photo credit to the wonderful Paula Fernley – please check out her website if you are looking for baby photos).
We have been talking about it for a long time, and we are so pleased to announce that Nappuccino is coming to St Thomas!
Following lengthy talks with Children’s Centre, Devon County Council, Commissioners and anyone else who wanted to chip in we will be running the group at The Hall in West Exe Children’s Centre on Cowick Street.
Breastfeeding support from trained peer supporters, sling and nappy advice from Gillian Travis and Jen Harris. Breastpump hire too!!
Tea and cake, listening ears and a warm welcome!.
Jen and Gill are still based at The Baby Room, so we will be bringing a small selection of slings and nappies. If you are hoping for us to bring anything in particular please let us know in advance!
The group will run on Fridays from 9.30-11.30am (then we will be dashing across town to do Nappuccino in The Baby Room from 12.00-2.30 – no rest for us!)
We’re proud to announce that recently we’ve won a couple of prizes at the Baby Room! The Green Vase was presented to Jen in March. It is a Recycle Devon Thank You Award for the category Local Recycling Hero. She was nominated by lots of you for her sterling work in the community talking about rubbish! Jen can tell you about composting, recycling, reducing food waste, and making small changes that make a big difference. (And of course cloth nappies!!) Her family of four throw away just one large crisp packet of rubbish in their black bin every two weeks! While that amount of rubbish can feel impossible when you are currently putting out two or three black bags you may be surprised how much you can reduce your waste. Check out this Devon Live article about Jen and her family, and take a look at the Zero Waste in Exeter, local Freecycle, and Compost Connections Facebook groups for more ideas.
Our second prize was especially for us as a venue. We won a Feed with Confidence Award, which is very beautiful and a bit tricky to photograph! This acknowledges the hard work of our breastfeeding peer supporters and ourselves Jen and Gill for creating a lovely, friendly and safe space here at The Baby Room to feed your babies. And of course massive acknowledgement must go to the hard work and determination of you Exeter breastfeeding mummies – you couldn’t do it without YOU and never forget that!! Jen and Gill are both breastfeeding peer supporters and we usually have one or two others by our side at the Nappuccino Groups so never be afraid to ask for support!
One of the wonderful things about having our own venue is the ability to hold extra events. The Pudding Club is one of these. The Pudding Club is a special antenatal class devised by Jen and Gill. We know that conventional antenatal classes and programmes are often geared towards preparing for labour and delivery, so we don’t spend much time talking about birth. What we are interested in is what happens next.
After all these months of growing and preparing you suddenly have a whole new person to get to know. And no one warned you they would have opinions!
At the Pudding Club we talk a lot about normal newborn behaviour and what to expect from your little one. Jen will give a run through nappy demos including different types of nappy and how to use them, and some useful tips on routines and methods. Gill will show you a variety of different slings and some tips on how/when to use them. We also chat about breastfeeding and will answer your questions as best we can on all these subjects.
But I nearly forgot the most important part!! To help sustain us all through the evening – we will bring a selection of homemade desserts to enjoy while we chat!
We welcome couples for £20 or individuals for £12.50. If you’d like to come along message us here, and we’ll look forward to seeing you this Thursday (14th June) at 7pm.