Stripey Stork Wish list

I wish we had something similar to this but closer to home!

Stripey Stork wish-list (March 2017)

  • Cots and cot beds (with all fittings and assembly instructions)
  • High chairs (especially IKEA Antilop type)
  • Baby baths (free standing rather than over-the-bath style)
  • Girls clothes 4-10 years
  • Moses baskets (and folding stands)

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Domestic Violence in North Hampshire

Louise recently asked the NHM Community on “Louise nhm Smith” for advice for a local lady suffering domestic violence and in need of support.

The responses were heart-warming, and the offers of individual help were amazing to read. In the hopes that this information can help others who find themselves in a similar situation, this post has been put together.

Please note that we are not experts in Domestic Violence and have only tried to put together the information that the NHM Community provided us with, in the hope of helping others in this awful situation.

Thank you to all those who provided input and for showing true community and thank you to J who put this post together on NHM.

Immediate Assistance

Women’s Aid is the national charity working to end domestic abuse against women and children. They offer a Freephone 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline run in partnership between Women’s Aid & Refuge – 0808 2000 247. Their online services also include The Survivors Forum and The Hideout.

Refuge is a national charity providing specialist support for women and children experiencing domestic violence with a network of refuges across the country. They offer many services including child support workers and outreach services (for women who choose not to go into a refuge or leave their home). Their Freephone Helpline is in partnership with Women’s Aid above.

Domestic Abuse Support Hantsweb is a confidential help service for women, men, children and young people experiencing domestic abuse in Hampshire, available on the council website.

Victim Support, Hampshire and Isle of Wight is an independent charity funded by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police Commissioner.

Support and Information

The Survivor’s Handbook is an online guide on the Women’s Aid website providing practical support and information for women experiencing domestic abuse, with simple guidance on every aspect of seeking support.

Further Support

Taking Steps is a local charity based project, founded by a lady called Gerrie Jordan, offering support for men and women who have experienced domestic abuse.

The You Trust is a charity working in Hampshire and Dorset in a number of specialist areas, from Learning Disabilities to Mental Health and Domestic Violence and Abuse.

North Hants Domestic Violence project on Sarum Hill, 01256 816004.

Practical and Legal Advice

Basingstoke and Tadley Citizens Advice Bureau offers free, independent, impartial and confidential advice.

Assistance with Family Life

The Safe is a local charity offering practical, emotional and social support.

Home Start is a family support charity, with local offices helping families with young children deal with whatever life throws at them.

Counselling

There are many counselling services across North Hampshire, the above organisations should be able to put you in touch with those most relevant. There are also a few examples below:

Relate is a charity aimed at helping people make the most of their couple and family relationships, past, present or future. There is a fee involved, although there is also a free online Live Chat service.

Cedar Tree Counselling is a counselling service located in central Basingstoke, providing affordable, professional counselling for the whole community.

Top Tips

It’s worth considering clearing your browser history after researching your options.

If deciding to leave, do not be alone when breaking the news, or leave when they are out. Make sure there are people with you either way.

Reach out to your local community centre, there may be groups behind the scenes who may be able to offer support.

Are there any other comments you would add? 

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Baby Weighing Clinics in Basingstoke (Last updated June 2017)

Monday

9.30am – 11.30am, Christ Church Hall, Reading Road, Chineham RG24 8LT – 1st & 3rd Mon of each month (breastfeeding consultant weekly)
1.30pm – 2.45pm, Gillies Health Centre, Sullivan Road, Brighton Hill RG22 4EH – 2nd & 4th Mon each month

9.30am – 11am, Odiham Cottage Hospital (Rosefield Day Centre), Buryfields, Odiham RG29 1NE – 2nd & 4th Mon of each month

Tuesday

10am – 11.30am, Gill Nethercott Centre, Whitchurch RG28 7HP – 1st Tues of each month
2pm – 3pm, Woolton Hill Surgery, Trade Street, Woolton Hill RG20 9UL – 3rd Tues of each month

2pm – 3.30pm, Hook Surgery, Reading Road, Hook RG27 9ED – 1st & 3rd Tues of each month

Wednesday

9.30am – 11am, Clift Meadow Pavilion, Minchens Lane, Bramley RG26 5BH – 2nd Weds in month, Stay & Play session
9.30am – 11.30am, Rooksdown Community Centre, Park Prewett Road, Rooksdown RG24 9RG – 3rd Weds each month
10am – 11:30am, Popley Fields Community Centre, Carpenters Down, Popley RG24 9AE – WEEKLY
10.30am – 12pm, Hatch Warren Community Centre, Longcross lane RG22 4XF – 2nd & 4th Weds each month
1.30pm – 3pm, Tadley Community Centre, New Church Road, Tadley RG26 4HN – WEEKLY
2pm – 3.30pm, St Leonards Centre, Rectory Road, Oakley RG23 7ED – 1st Weds of each month

Thursday

9.30am – 10.30am, Bishop’s Green Community Centre, Beech Road, Bishop’s Green RG20 4AD – 2nd Thurs of each month
1.30pm – 2.45pm, Westside Community Centre, Paddock Road, South Ham  RG22 6QB – 1st & 3rd Thurs of each month
2pm – 3.30pm, Kingsclere Medical Practice, North Street, Kingsclere RG20 5QY – 4th Thurs of each month

1.30pm – 3pm, St John’s Church Fleet road, Hartley Wintney RG27 8ED – 2nd & 4th Thurs of each month

Friday

9:30am – 11am, Overton Community Centre, WInchester Street, Overton RG25 3HS – 3rd Fri each month
10am – 11.30am, Basingstoke Discovery Centre (town centre Library), Festival Place RG21 7LS – WEEKLY

9.30am – 11am, The HIVE, located in the Welfare and Community Centre (WACC) on Kersley Crescent, Odiham – 1st Fri of each month

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Baby & Me Course – PND

“Baby and Me” FREE course. Open to parents with baby/babies under 1 ideally, although open to being flexible on this.

This is really for anyone who perhaps is struggling with their emotional health. You don’t need a PND diagnosis, we all know lots of people are un-diagnosed. This is also open for anyone who is generally just finding things difficult.

This is FREE currently (donations for refreshments appreciated).

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Want to get the Spark back in your life?

This is for you if you can answer Yes to any of the following…

  • Are you feeling that there has to be more to life than this?
  • The same day in and day out?
  • Do you miss the old you that used to have fun?
  • Are you tired of this and ready to do something about it?

Imagine a life where you are doing things that YOU enjoy. Enjoying time with people that love and value you… Creating a life that you can’t even imagine at the moment… but soon will with my help.

This is for Mums that want a change.

You know it’s not working for you but you need help and strategies to getting your life back or discovering a new one that works even better.

It can be difficult becoming a mother and often we lose ourselves… let’s make changes that work for us before we lose our sanity!!

There are only two places available for these sessions and there is no cost involved.

Please email me at hello@tamaravanlint.com to apply for a place.

The commitment is 2 sessions without children. (Because of the nature of coaching I will require that you are totally committed and present. This is a gift to you and I ask that, if need be, you find childcare arrangements.) 

The first is exploring where we are and where we want to be… and coming up with a plan. This can last up to 1 and 1/2 hours. Then you go and implement it.

We can meet the next week or 2 weeks after that for a quick 1/2 hour  to see what worked, what didn’t and make some tweaks.

You will go away with some tools and tips to begin living a happier life.

And everyone knows a happy mum is a happy family. xxx

Be Inspired!

Tamara Vanlint

Speaker, Life Alignment Mentor and Essence Illuminator
 
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Pregnancy Yoga Course

Calling all “Mums to be”!

Expecting a happy event – make it even happier with Pregnancy Yoga. My special brand of pregnancy yoga returns  with a small group focus.

Safely exercise and stretch with your baby to help their development and yours,  relax and connect with your growing child and learn breathing and relaxation techniques for a more comfortable labour.

New six week pregnancy yoga course on Saturdays 10-11am starting on 18th March – just a couple of spaces left.

Contact me if you are interested yogawithgloria@gmail.com or see website for details http://www.yogawithgloria.co.uk/pregnancy-yoga

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NHM Readers: Companies to sponsor a child

I recently asked the Friends of  my “Louise nhm Smith” profile on Facebook if they could help as I have been thinking about sponsoring a disadvantaged child for a while and wondered if anyone already did it and if they do, which companies they recommend.

These were the responses I received. They are in no particular order. Thank you to Shona for putting this post together! 

NHM Readers recommend charities to sponsor children

Tarran said: I used to sponsor a little boy in Kenya, called Michael. this was with Plan UK.

Liz said: I use Plan UK, you get updates from the child and family. We choose a child the same age as our daughter, we recently received a picture from her which was lovely 🙂

Christa said: I sponsor a little girl in Ethiopia through world vision and get regular updates and photos. X

Gillian said: We sponsor a little boy in Haiti with compassion uk also a little girl in Uganda with amigos ????

Murshida said:  I sponsored 2 kids World vision and Plan UK are both very good!

Samantha said: Hi, I have just started sponsoring a little boy in Kenya through ‘Compassion’. X

Jessica said: I sponsor a little girl in Kenya through a charity called Awaken Love

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NHM Readers Recommend Newborn Classes to Meet other Mums

I recently asked the Friends of  my “Louise nhm Smith” profile on Facebook for their suggestions on classes to go to with a newborn to meet other mums. (Thank you very much to everyone who responded and thank you to Shona for putting this post together!!) 

These were the responses I received.

NHM Readers Recommend Newborn Classes to Meet other Mums

NCT Early Days

Becky said: Doesn’t necessarily count as a ‘class’ perhaps, but I found the NCT Early Days course really useful for meeting Mums with other newborns

Fiona said: I would echo this. I met a great group of mums on the course and we still meet now 3 years on

Corissa said: Absolutely NCT Early Days. Our group are still close friends almost two years after we met.

Naomi also recommends NCT Early Days.

Alexandra said: NCT courses for new mums such as early days, baby massage etc just because the groups are smaller and more intimate.

Diana also recommends NCT Early Days

Information on NCT Early Days: This is a group that meets in a supportive, relaxed and friendly atmosphere to openly talk about life as a mum. You can discuss challenges, tips and the reality over the expectations you had/have. You will meet other parents, make friends and gain support and tips. Courses run over 4-6 weekly sessions for new mums. They are aimed at new mums with babies under 6months. There is a fee for this course – enquire and book via link below.

NCT Early Days

Baby Sensory

Lucy, Sarah, Diana, Verity and Caroline recommend Baby Sensory.

Information on Baby Sensory: These are nationwide so have a look online for your local session as there are quite a few in Basingstoke. They offer a musical world of sensory experiences for both parents and children. There are light shows, bells, bubbles, puppets and signing to name but a few of the activities. The class is split into three phases so there is a free play session in the middle where you can play with the toys and activities set out and sit and talk to other mums and dads. Sessions run term time only and the course is £70 per term you wish to take up.

Baby Sensory

NCT Mother and Baby Yoga

Claire said: NCT Yoga with baby, met some lovely mummies there.

Information on NCT Mother and Baby Yoga: These sessions are designed to ease yourself back into exercise after birth. Yoga helps to stretch, strengthen and tone your body. You must have had your 6/8 week check with your doctor prior to starting. There is a fee for this course – enquire and book via link below.

NCT Mother and Baby Yoga

Fitmama at Studio 41

Wendy recommends the Post Natal Class at Studio 41.

Information on Fitmama: These sessions are known for giving women a safe return into fitness following birth through pelvic floor and core repair, nutritional coaching and support for sleep deprivation. Courses can be started as early as 3-4 weeks depending on delivery type and recover. Baby can go with you too! The charge for this course is £50.

Fitmama

Newborn to Parenting at the Hurst

Samantha said: Newborn to Parenting at the Hurst was brilliant. Definitely recommend it.

Information on Newborn to Parenting: This is a 6 week course aimed at helping parents to find their feet in the early weeks and months. Contact the centre for more details at the link below.

Newborn to Parenting

Caterpillar Music in Chineham

Jaz and Verity recommend Caterpillar music in Chineham.

Information on Caterpillar Music: These are music sessions on weekly which include themes, colourful instruments and puppets. Check out your nearest class and timetable by checking the link below.

Caterpillar Music

NorthHantsMum has also found these groups/classes you may be interested in looking into:

NCT Coffee groups

Basingstoke NCT runs coffee groups that meet regularly to support parents-to be and parents. Anyone is welcome, you don’t have to be a member of NCT and is open from pregnancy right up to pre-school age. Opportunities to meet other people and talk to them about their experiences and make new friends.

No fee to attend, there is a collection towards the work the NCT do.

NCT Coffee Groups

Little Tots Poppins

This is an Art and Messy session followed by Music and Movement.You don’t register, just pop in. The sessions are run on Thursday mornings from 9.30am to 11am and costs £3 per session. The sessions are term time only.

Little Tots Stoney Heath, White Lion Court, Hollybush Farm, Stoney Heath, Ramsdell, Tadley, RG26 5SL. 01256851398

Poppins

Little Munchkins Baby

These are Baby Massage and Baby Yoga classes which help you to feel relaxed, happy and confident with your baby. Baby massage helps build bonds and will help you become more in tune and confident with your baby’s needs. The course is taught in 5 weekly session (1 hour long each session). Suitable from birth. It runs on a Tuesday from 11am to 12pm at Tadley Community Centre.

Little Munchkins Baby

Tots Play

This is a 6 week course suitable from birth to 6 months. You learn fun ways to play and communicate with your baby using massage, music, signing and is also a great way to meet other mums. The class runs from 11.20am to 12.20pm and you must book in advance.

Tots Play

Barn Tots

This is a friendly play session from birth to pre-school. They meet at Viables Community Centre on Tuesdays from 10am to 12pm and Thursdays from 9.45am to 11.45am. It is term time only. There are different toys each week and a great soft play area for babies. There is singing and storytime and music and movement too. It costs £2 per session and includes refreshments for adults and a cold drink, fruit and biscuits for the children.

Barn Tots

Active Mums

This is an hour long class which starts with a warm up walk which moves up to a power walk. There are exercises throughout the class to strengthen and tone. The route is suitable for any buggy and it’s a great session to get some exercise and meet other mums. The classes run at 11am on a Monday and Wednesday at Basing Wood. It is all year round and no booking is required. 1 session is £4 or you can book 10 sessions online for £35.

Active Mums

Also check out:

Children’s Centres – Cluster A

Children’s Centres – Cluster B

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NorthHantsMum Facebook Groups for you to Join!

Over the past few years I’ve set up several groups on Facebook for all sorts of different segments of parents in North Hampshire.

Several have flourished so I thought I would share them with you again, so you can see if any are relevant to you.

Many parents have also met face to face via these groups, so if you are looking to meet other parents who have some of the same interests as you please add me as a friend at “Louise nhm Smith” on Facebook and then message me to let me know which groups you would like to join.

They are all either a “closed” status or “secret” status so people cannot see what has been posted.

If they are “secret” only those in the group can find the group, so no one will know you have been added unless they are already part of the group.

If you would like to be added any of them, please email me at NorthHantsMum@gmail.com (I can’t keep track on facebook!).

Feel free to invite anyone else who you think may benefit.

These groups are a great way to meet like minded parents!

NorthHantsMum Networks

Below is a summary of the latest groups:

Mum Businesses

  • NHM Publicity for Local Businesses – Support Local Business
  • NHM Mum’s running Small Businesses

Parents

  • Pregnancy – for pregnant Mum’s
  • Babies – for Mum’s with babies under a year old
  • Toddlers – for Mum’s of Toddlers
  • NHM Miscarriage, fertility, still birth group
  • NHM Single/Lone Parents
  • NHM Fans of “The Secret”
  • NHM Buddies -(a great way to meet other local Mum’s)
  • NHM a safe inclusive groups for Mummies who don’t know anyone
  • NHM Positivity club (we post up when great things happen to us, so as to share a bit more happiness in the world)
  • NHM Cinema Club (every month we meet face to face and go to the cinema as a group)
  • NHM Book Club (every month we choose a book to read and read as a group (online) and discuss)
  • NHM Dad’s Club (a group for Dad’s who support NHM)
  • Babysitting in Basingstoke (a great way to find a local babysitter)
  • NHM Homeschooling network
  • NHM Top Money Saving Tips for parents
  • NHM Shift Parents (a group specifically for parents who work shifts)
  • NHM Fitness Team
  • and finally all of the NHM Parents network/regional groups, e.g. North West Basingstoke, South East Basingstoke, Rural North Hampshire, etc. etc.

Are there any other groups that you think should be created?

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Post Natal Depression Seminar – Tuesday 13th September 2016

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Post Natal Depression – can be somewhat of a Taboo subject. We all know someone who has suffered with it or just post natal blues!

Or even if it isn’t PND, we all know someone who has suffered with anxiety or another type of depression.

The thing is, depression and anxiety all works the same way biochemically. So, can be addressed also in the same way.

So next month, myself, Farah Fonseca, and good friend Kevin Waite, will be taking a seminar on this topic. Kevin suffers with Bi-Polar so mental health is a subject close to his heart.

He will be taking a 30 minute Mindfulness/Yoga class at the end for everyone to show you an alternative and effective way to de-stress.

Tickets are £10 per person and the event is being held at Everest Community

Academy, Tuesday 13th September 7.30-8.30pm.

Please message Farah on farah@fonsecafitness.co.uk to reserve your space!

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