Colchester Positive Birth Group is here!!!!
Woohoo. So many of you have been asking when the Positive Birth Group is starting up again. I’ve been working so hard behind the scenes to secure a venue and finally can announce that we’ve got a dream space lined up for you. Coffee Hog Cafe is a lovely little independent coffee shop just off Mersea Road.
It’s out of town, has parking directly outside (on street) with a two hour window, it sells great coffee & cakes, and best of all has a play area for toddlers and pre-schoolers to entertain themselves during our meetup.
Our first meeting is going to be a little bit of a free-for-all. Of course, discussion will always be guided by the conversation that naturally flows, however I’d love a good mix of pregnant women and those who have had positive experiences of birth that they’d like to share. Too many negative stories are passed around, and I’ll happily share my own positive birth experience too!
Going forward with the group, it’s my intention to bring along some of the fabulous birth workers that we have in and around the area so that you can learn what’s actually available and out there to help you throughout pregnancy and the postnatal period. This is the reason that I decided not to go with the Positive Birth Movement group (which was my inital plan).
The PBM is a wonderful organisation, but one of the rules of operating a PBM group is that you’re not allowed to have guest speakers and/or promote local business. That really goes heavily against my own personal beliefs: if you don’t know what’s out there, you can’t decide which services you would like to take advantage of. I really believe there’s a lot more support available than you can get through the NHS, and essentially, it’s your choice whether you’d like to spend your money on those services or not.
I’m also a huge supporter of small businesses, especially those that are driven by passion. Let’s face it – most of us who are involved in the birth world have a real personal drive to help shape experiences for women. Often based on our own experiences, good or not so good.
Please help me to spread the word of our first meet up by sharing with your friends in person, on social media, and also at your antenatal groups. I’d also really appreciate it if you could tell your midwife and health visitor that this group is going ahead because I’d love for more women to have a Positive Birth.
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