What is Motherspace? (see foot for page for MotherWalk)
Motherspace is a drop-in group that takes place on Monday afternoons. The group is a place for women to come with their baby until he/she is crawling. Grandmothers and lesbian partners are also welcome to come along with the mum and new baby. The group is facilitated and mums are introduced to each other to help make friends. The relaxed, informal atmosphere helps mothers to feel comfortable – to share their highs and lows of parenting. We know that keeping to a time schedule with a baby can be tricky so mums are welcome anytime between 2.30-4.30pm usually.
However, as government guidelines are restricting us from meeting face to face at present, we are offering Motherspace online at two 40 minute sessions (2.30 & 3.30) and you are welcome to join Gail and the other ladies online. To access the sessions, please email us on: firstname.lastname@example.org for the link to the online session.
Certain dates are earmarked for talks that centre around a specific topic of babycare and these dates will be posted on our general Facebook page as well as on our website. On these dates the format of Motherspace will differ from the sessions but you are still welcome to come along and enjoy refreshments and the space.
How will it benefit me?
The group gives mums an opportunity to meet with other women in those first few months after birth. Mums can share experiences and tips; ideas can be bounced off other mums. The group is an opportunity to receive information and support while making new friends. There is a Facebook group that is just for women who attend Motherspace. This enables mums to contact each other and meet up outwith the session if they wish to do so.
Will it benefit my baby?
Babies are social little people and it is never too soon to make friends. Friends made in the early days are friends to play with in the park in the future. Babies can be fascinated by other babies. Often they will look at each other, reach out and sometimes make sounds to get the attention of the other babies in the room.
Motherspace is facilitated by Gail who has many years experience of working with groups in a post-natal environment. Women are introduced to each other and are offered a hot drink and biscuits. Although the group is unstructured, Gail finds out if there are any particular parenting issues that mums are facing and leads the discussion around these.
If women attending the group identify that they would like a more structured session from time to time eg a discussion around weaning, Gail identifies a date and this is made available to mums via the Facebook group and the PPC website.
Motherspace is a free drop-in group but we welcome donations to cover resources used and in days of meeting face to face we asked for a suggested donation of £2 but whilst online, we just want to remind everyone that we are still working hard behind the scenes and if you have attended the group for some time and feel inclined, we welcome any donation, however, small which will go towards supporting other families who require concessions to attend groups. Please email our friendly office team if you would like to make a donation, or use the bank details you may already have for other groups you attend at the PPC and mark the reference as MS donation.
There is a Facebook group that mums who attend Motherspace are able to join. Dates on when particular topics will run are posted on this and also it can be used to keep in contact with everything in the group outwith the meetings.
What Women think about the sessions:
“There is a good balance between it being relaxed and structured. It is nice to feel a bit taken care of and being offered tea and biscuits.”
“It’s a nice balance, not a class but not just a social. There is no pressure to do anything which allows it to be very baby-led, so it makes it ok to come even if you are having a rubbish day.”
“You can come with or without a problem to share and you don’t need to fit into any criteria. It’s a very non-judgmental space.”
“I enjoy the session as it’s nice and relaxed and informal. It’s a chance to hear how other people are dealing with parenthood. It’s good to know that you are usually all going through the same thing!”
We are launching an additional weekly outdoor Motherspace for January 2021-March 2021 to help mums with babies under 6 months old to meet and find support during the restrictions of Coronavirus.
When: Thursdays at either 10-11am or 11.15am-12.15pm
Where: Meet at the Pavilion in the Meadows (at the foot of Marchmont Road / beside Jawbone Walk)
Who: Facilitated by Daisy Dinwoodie
What: A gentle walk with your babies lasting around an hour (but you can depart when you like) facilitated by a birth educator and a chance to meet other mums.
Cost: Free! This group is fully funded by National Lottery Community Funds.
How: As we are restricted to 6 mums plus a facilitator, we do need to ask you to book a ticket via eventbrite see link here.
We ask that you book one ticket per week so that as many mums as possible can join. Also if you can’t make it please let us know, or cancel your ticket for the same reason as before.