“Social isolation putting first-time mums at risk”
Following on from the feature on This Morning today 12th Feb 2015.
“It takes 1 person to start it” Denise Robertson (I love Denise)
I suppose I am one of these people…
I started a group in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire called ‘Mum to Mum MK’
I then created ‘Milton Keynes Mums’ collating all our best bits
I donate my time to help a special charity by #CharityBlogging
We have raised £2,760 so far on this project and we also raise awareness for local charities.
We aim to offer ‘Non Judgemental’ support.
Guide new mothers to other ‘friendly’ Facebook, on-line, local and national groups.
We share useful links, and offer advice where we can.
Our local group has helped so many and we have received some lovely feedback.
You could do this too.
Being a mum can be very isolating, so make the most of Netmums to find new friends.
“Use our meet a mum boards to make new friends or why not try a Netmums meet up? These are informal get-togethers – at the park or the local soft-play centre”.
Find other mums, mums-to-be and activity buddies on your local meet a mum board
New! Special Connections board
How the board works
Find your local ‘meetups’
Local meetups photos
Video: finding and making friends
“The centres are open to all parents, carers and children and many of the services are free. You can get help and advice on child and family health, parenting, money, training and employment”
Our Libraries in Milton Keynes Host great events for young families.
“Becoming a parent is a life-altering experience that begins the moment you learn you are pregnant. From bonding with your baby to adjusting to caring for a newborn, here’s what you need to know”.
“During the early days with your newborn, it’s normal to feel quite isolated. Just getting out of the house can be hard enough. The thought of being sociable and making new friends can seem impossible”.
“Don’t worry, the great thing about meeting other new mums is that they know just how you feel. Here’s how other BabyCentre members found their new ‘mum’ friends”.
“If you don’t go to antenatal classes, which I didn’t with my second baby, ask your health visitor about postnatal groups in your area. Not only are these places to meet other new mums but they give you lots of useful information on weaning, nappies, sleep routines and more. I found them invaluable.”
“Because NCT has nearly 60 years experience in supporting new mums and dads, you can rely on our range of courses to support you through pregnancy, birth and your new life as a parent”.
“NCT turned my life around. If offered me support, friendships and a social life, confidence and hope. I now have two beautiful children and my work with NCT continues. Thank you to NCT for helping me to reach my potential in many ways”
30 tips for first-time parents
“Your life for the next two years will feel similar to a constant hangover. Don’t worry, go with it, even try to enjoy it – it will get better. Don’t listen to the advice gurus that use the principles of puppy training… the ones where you have to open the nursery curtains at 8.23am every day. Respond to your baby’s needs when required and give them all the love you can manage through your constant hangover. Social life? Forget it”.
Gilly Beddows, Manchester
“This is not a competition. I had friends who were constantly boasting of their children’s achievements and I would worry if my daughter wasn’t doing the same. By the time she was two I had enough of the boasting and realised that children do things in their own time. Ignore the bragging and the boasting”.
Deborah Kirwan-Devlin, Lymington, UK
“Those who truly understand what you are going through as a new parent will not offer advice but empathy, a meal, and/or respite from your new bundle of joy in order for you to get a nap“.
Valerie, Cleveland, US
Explains postnatal depression, including possible causes and how you can access treatment and support.
Includes tips for helping yourself, and guidance for friends and family.
“We are two North London mums who want to share our experiences of motherhood with others; our unique postnatal courses bring new mums together in a sociable and fun environment”.
How we can help
“People contact us about all aspects of family life that include all stages of a child’s development, issues with schools and parenting/relationship support. We also respond when life becomes more complicated and provide support around family breakdown, aggression in the home, bullying at school, teenage risky behaviour and mental health concerns of both parents and their children. We provide a 24 hour helpline, advice website, email service, live chat and parenting/relationship support groups”.
“Family Lives offers a confidential helpline service which is free from landlines and most mobiles (previously known as Parentline). Please call us on 0808 800 2222 for information, advice, guidance and support on any aspect of parenting and family life, including bullying”.
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