Mother & Baby
Postnatal Wellbeing Group in Birmingham
Mum & Baby Circle: Monday 10am – 12 noon
Mums need support because motherhood isn’t something we should be doing alone. This is why this postnatal wellbeing group in Birmingham was created.
My years of working with parents and babies and my own experiences as a mum have shown me again and again that when mums and babies come together magical things do happen, such as motherhood becoming a shared experience that doesn’t feel so tricky. I’ve seen first-hand how being part of a mindful and compassionate mum and baby group after birth helps parents adjust to this change in their lives and makes life with a new baby feel more ‘normal’.
The Mother and Baby Circle is a postnatal wellbeing group in Birmingham with a difference. It combines a little bit of everything you need in your life with your baby but are too busy to create. There are elements of baby massage, yoga, relaxation and wellbeing. It is where you and your baby grow your roots and find a welcoming, supportive, calm and reassuring space to belong in your early months of motherhood.
It’s very much baby led but the emphasis is on you; what you need and how you want to feel as a mum whether for the first or fourth time. You cannot pour from an empty cup – I know that you want to pour all your love into your baby but you must save some for yourself. It can feel really hard to do this unless you set aside time for just that thing; self-care, connection and an understanding of where you are right now and what it is you need. The Mum and Baby Circle helps you create strong mothering foundations.
You will meet other mums who truly understand the challenges and joys of motherhood. They are going through what you are going through and they get it. Postnatal support from other mums is essential and makes you feel so much better about everything.
Our Mother Circle has a magical way of fostering meaningful friendships and connections with fellow mums. It gives you a network of support that extends beyond the Circle itself. We stay in touch via a WhatsApp group and lots of mums meet up outside the Circle. These ladies serve as a vital lifeline, offering support and solace when needed. Think of them as your fellow motherhood cheerleading squad.
The Mother Circle allows you to express your thoughts, worries, and experiences without worrying about what anyone there is going to think. No-one judges anyone. This provides you with a safe emotional release and reduces any anxieties you have. It is postnatal support for you without any expectations and neither do we tell you what to do.
It provides an opportunity for emotional healing. You can explore your feelings and receive support from others who have faced similar challenges. For example, we may talk about relationship challenges or the loss of identity many people feel after they have a baby. We talk about things that so many women experience but may not have thought about before they became a mum.
The Mother Circle is always safe and confidential. We build trust in each other so that you can open up honestly if you want to, safe in the knowledge that your thoughts and stories will be respected and kept confidential.
Each of the 6 Circles in the block includes an element of the following;
Movement: postnatal yoga sequences to strengthen your body. This includes stretching to help with carrying, feeding and generally looking after your baby. Easy to follow postures that bring energy into your body and help her to recover from pregnancy and birth. This is about honouring your body and all that she does. It is about feeling movement again and connecting with your body now that she is coming back to you.
Baby massage: massage that promotes bonding with your baby at a deeper level. Loving touch that welcomes and settles your baby into this world and helps with digestion, sleep, body awareness and strength. It’s about time and acceptance of where you and your baby are. It’s about love created in moments of connection, both physical and emotional.
Breathwork: a celebration of the space within your body to breathe again. Breathing exercises that promote physical and emotional wellness and energise your body when she needs it the most. A celebration of being alive and a knowing that your body must be nourished and nurtured to allow her to feel fully awake again.
Wellbeing: mindful exercises that bring you into the moment so that you are fully present with yourself and your baby. Time to tone down the voice in your head and replace the chatter with words of kindness and understanding.
Relaxation: guided relaxations and meditations so that you rest – proper switching off rest – that gives your body and soul that quiet space they need. This is letting go. This is learning to relax with your baby so that it becomes natural and easy to do when you are at home without feeling guilty about it. This is acceptance that letting go is part of the key to being a strong and compassionate parent.
Community: a safe environment where you and your baby are seen, heard, accepted, loved and respected. This is not about baring your soul to strangers. This is about being part of organic, group-led conversations so that you can reflect on where you are, what you need and ask questions of other mums, and me, if you want to. It is dedicated time away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
The essence of the Mother and Baby Circle is to introduce you to lifelong yoga, massage and wellbeing practices that promote touch, connection, stillness and presence. It’s about stripping everything back to nothing and giving you space to pause, take a breath and reset. It is time to learn, to allow and to ’be’ in the safest of spaces where you feel accepted as you are.
Over the 6 weeks you will meet a group of other mums who become your friends to learn from, lean on and grow with. It is a positive space to share and talk if you wish to. Think of it as your mothering forum where no question is a silly question, no judgements are made and where you draw on the collective knowledge of other mums who ‘get it’.
The greatest gift you can give yourself and your baby is time without life’s interruptions. The Mother Circle gives you that time.
We offer encouragement and inspiration to each other during this important postnatal time. As mums, we witness the strength and resilience each other has which helps us to see that we can also get through our own challenges.
What other mums think
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How To Book
The Circle starting on 8 January is full. The next Circle starts at 10:00am on Monday 19 February.
Each Circle takes place in The Pod, Moseley B13. There is free parking right outside and also a covered space next to the Pod to leave buggies and pushchairs.
Each 6 week block costs £120. This is £20 per two hour Circle. Each week you receive a thoughtful gift or wellbeing resource as well as hot drinks, cakes and biscuits. All dietary requirements are catered for.
Please drop me a message by using the form below and I will be in touch with more specific details about the Circle and availability.
Future Circle dates:
2024 Circle Two: 19 & 26 February, 4, 11, 18 and 25 March.
2024 Circle Three: 15, 22 & 29 April, & 7 May (this is a Tuesday), 13 & 20 May.
2024 Circle Four: 3, 10, 17 & 24 June, 1 & 8 July.