To find out more about the groups please email the postnatal group leaders by clicking on the group name.
"Personally I have found the group great for getting to know people that live close by, the other groups and activities I go to cover a larger geographical area but everyone in this group is pretty much within walking distance, so it makes a nice change to be able to walk to the coffee mornings rather than having to get in the car. Hopefully this may also mean we may keep in touch even when we go back to work and also bump into each other on Chapel A!" Rachel.
"Its a great way to get out and meet new mums and babies and swap stories and advice" Abi
"The group is fantastic, really good to see other mums with babies of different ages. A good chance for my only baby to socialise with other babies and for me to realise I am not neurotic and other mums share the same worries. It is very well run and organised, thanks Ange you're doing a great job!" Karen
"I started coming to the coffee mornings when my little one was 8 weeks old and the youngest in the group. It has been a life saver in those days when i just needed to be out of the house in order to feel less alone and more 'normal'! Now my little one is 8 months old and is one of the oldest in the group and we both still enjoy meeting up regularly with everyone. The coffee mornings are a great way to meeting other local mums and is fantastic for supporting you in those early difficult months. I have made some good friends through the coffee mornings and have even started to socialise again with their help!" Nita
NCT Next Steps group meets every Wednesday from 10.30am - 12.30pm. The group is for older babies from when they start being mobile please. The group meets at the Chapel Allerton Children's Centre, Blake Grove, Chapel Allerton LS7 3NB
The Cross Gates group currently has 21 people on the email distribution list although, thankfully, the most we have ever had at one time has been around 14! We've started holding an extra Friday morning meeting once a month to cater for those mums who work on Wednesdays. We also have social nights out on a six-weekly basis.
"I moved to the area after seven years away and did not feel I knew, or connected with anyone. I emailed the group and was sent a list of dates and addresses of meetings. I arrived at my first meeting a little shy, and did not know how I would be received. I needn't have worried everyone was very welcoming and friendly, and I particularly enjoy the thriving night life of the group! Recently I have been involved in training to be a Breast feeding buddy, and this has given me a renewed confidence to approach the workplace again, and I also feel I am going to contribute to something very worthwhile. This is all thanks to the crossgates nct, and their commitment to the NCT."
"I started going to the Crossgates group just after it first started up and have found it to be very friendly and welcoming. They have regular trips out to play centres, parks etc and also regular nights out too. The group was a real support to me when my now toddler was a baby and I was in need of advice and reassurance. I've also made some good friends." Mandy
A new group has started in Horsforth. Meetings are on Wednesdays from 9.30am 'til 11am or thereabouts. Please contact Fran by clicking on the Horsforth link.
"As a first time mum, I was nervous about leaving the house with my
new baby but this group is a relaxed and friendly group with babies of
many different ages. It's good to get together and have a good chat,
sharing concerns and tips in a warm and open atmosphere." Anna
"After moving into a new area 2 years ago, and working full time since, the NCT coffee mornings have enabled me to meet other people and to find out about the support and leisure services in my area. As a result of these mornings my baby and I are now enrolled on a baby massage class, have a baby yoga class to look forward to and are in the process of signing up for baby swimming classes!" Deborah
"An invaluable source of friendship, support and knowledge of the local area (the latter being very useful if you need a good plumber!) " Anne
"Everyone at the NCT postnatal group has made me feel very welcome.
It's great to meet up with mums with children of different ages and get
tips on what to expect in the next few months/years! It's also a great
reason to get out of the house, epecially in the difficult first few
months!" Kathryn Finn
"For the first 8 weeks after Frederick's birth, I felt most comfortable at home and didn't miss anything. At first, my partner was still on paternity leave and we really enjoyed this intense family time. Then my Mom came to stay with us, and it was nice to have someone around. Only when they all went, back home or back to work, I realized that the only "real" conversation I had during the day was with the check-out girl in Sainsbury's or the quick phone chat with my friend in London, which had to be well timed between feeds and Freddie's sleep. I then decided to find out about my local NCT-postnatal group. Before the first meeting, I felt a little apprehensive, but I received a very warm welcome. It is such a diverse, bubbly group, and everyone is easy to chat to. Obviously we talk a lot about our children, and I find it helpful to hear the stories, tips and topics of the older toddlers and how their mummy's cope with teething, fevers, sleep deprivation, nurseries etc. So, for me it's brilliant to have other mothers in the same situation to talk with, and to get to know new people. I also think it's great to meet with so many other children: Frederick is always fascinated by the noise level, by their abilities and attention and I think it is good for him to observe and be around other kids. And in a few months, he will be able to try out different toys and enjoy playing with the other children. It's nice to meet in each others' houses: it just makes me realize that there are children living in all areas of Pudsey, and it helps to discover new streets, playgrounds or footpaths on my walk with the pram. The weekly meetings help me to structure my week, and after each meeting, I already look forward to the following. And Frederick's nap on Monday afternoons is always longer than on the other days. :):)"
Weetwood and Far Headingley
If you live in Menston or Guiseley please contact Eleanor at the Wharfedale branch.
If there isn't a postnatal group in your area and you would like to set one up please ring Monica on 0870 421 4548 or email her at email@example.com
In addition there are a number of baby cafes/ breastfeeding groups across Leeds. Please click here for more details.
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