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Bump Club

29 April @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Monthly evening sessions for expectant parents in the Didcot area to meet, build support networks, and prepare for life with a new baby.

These sessions are for you to get to know other expectant parents in the Didcot area, to build support networks, and get ready for life with your new baby.

Becoming a parent is the most wonderful, overwhelming, rewarding, hardest rollercoaster ride of many of our lives. Nothing can truly prepare you for it and your journey will be unique, but we aim to help you get off to a confident and positive start with your little one. We will give you honest, evidence-based, non-judgemental information about what to expect in the early weeks with a new baby. We hope you will feel empowered and supported to make informed choices that feel right for your family.

This is not a class! The sessions are held in a relaxed and informal format. On arrival you can grab a hot drink and a place at cafe style tables. Once everyone is settled in the facilitators, Lisa & Kath, lead a short discussion. You are welcome to ask questions, pitch in with your experiences if this is not your first baby, or just listen. We rotate around four different discussion topics:
Got Milk? – busting some myths about breastfeeding and formula and empowering you to make informed feeding choices.
Loved Up – looking at the so called “love hormone” Oxytocin’s role in birth, breastfeeding, bonding and brain development.
Cache & Carry – how human biology explains normal baby behaviour.
Is it SB or BS? – looking at the evidence behind the claims made by some popular baby items to see whether they are the best thing since Sliced Bread or marketing BS!

The discussion is followed by plenty of time to chat to other attendees. You can also take a look at our selection of baby carriers and try them on with our demo doll Diddy (who does weigh as much an an actual baby!) and browse our library of excellent evidence based books which are available for you to borrow. You will receive a little bag of info and lovely things to take away and have the option to join a Bump Clubbers WhatsApp group. 

NOTE: We concentrate on the baby bit. If you would like to attend birth preparation classes, there are free online classes offered by Oxford University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-maternity-team-at-oxford-university-hospitals-59696993133).

We touch on information about feeding choices in some of the topics, but also recommend Oxfordshire Breastfeeding Support’s free monthly ‘Preparing to Breastfeed’ Zoom workshop for more depth(https://www.oxbreastfeedingsupport.org/index.php/services/antenatal).

When can I start coming?

If you start coming from around 24 weeks of your pregnancy you should be able to fit in all four topics, as well as have time to get to know your fellow Bump Clubbers. However if you just drop on to one or two sessions that’s absolutely fine.

How much does it cost?

We ask that you make a pay-what-you-feel donation of £5-10 per person, however if this would prevent you from coming please just enter whatever donation you feel able to make.

Larger donations are greatly appreciated if you would like to “pay-it-forward” and help fund future sessions to support other local familes.

We aim to raise most of our funding from grants, but this is an ongoing challenge and your donations make a vital contribution to us being able to run the group.

Can my partner/mum/friend come too?

Yes. Partners, or any other family member or friend who will be supporting you, are very welcome. Attending solo is fine and not at all unusual too!

Can I come if it’s not my first baby?

Yes! The group is open to all parents and it’s great if you can share your experiences with others.

Where are the sessions?

The Community Station, Royal Scot House (the SOHA building ), Didcot, OX11 7NN.

Note that the entrance is at the rear of the building from Lydalls Road.

Who are we?

Didcot Baby Monday is a parent-led non-profit community group, running since 2015. We hold a weekly drop-in group for local parents with young babies to meet, share experiences, make new friends, and find support (including trained breastfeeding support). You are very welcome to come along to this group too before your baby arrives, if you have the opportunity to.

Bump Club sessions are facilitated by Kath and Lisa.

Kath is DBM’s group chair, a Breastfeeding Counsellor, lapsed accountant, and mum of 3 (including twins).

Lisa is a Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) with over 20 years’ experience supporting families to meet their personal breastfeeding/chest-feeding goals, and mum of 2 daughters and 2 dog babies.

We look forward to welcoming you to the group!

Details

Date:
29 April
Time:
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Website:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bump-club-tickets-826961332607

Venue

Royal Scot House. OX11 7NN. (Entrance at the rear of the building on Lydalls Road)
Lydalls Road
Didcot, England OX11 7NN United Kingdom

Organiser

Didcot Baby Monday
View Organiser Website

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