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Any North Lancashire/South Cumbria Mums-to Be Out There?

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BadMissM Thu 03-Jan-13 13:31:03

Have tried the Lancashire local board, but one I'd blown off the inches of dust looked into it properly there was a big aft nothing going on there. Just wondered if there were any mums-to-be in the North Lancs/South Cumbria who'd like to chat, share experiences, and maybe meet up? smile

nuttymoo1980 Thu 03-Jan-13 16:00:26

hiya. im actually west cumbria but closeish wink wink im 32 n pregnant with our first after trying for nearly 5 years so as u can imagine we are over the moon!! had an early scan last friday after I had a little bit of spotting but all has settled now and it wad amazing to see the little heartbeat. im 10 weeks tomorrow and got my booking in appt next Friday with the midwife then hopefully not long for my scan. its a killer not being able to tell anyone. only told my mum and hubbys parents so far. how are you doing? do u have any symptoms? I have a bit of nausea in the morning and at night but thats about it. im tired a lot bug think cold miserable days dont help do they?? take care. xsmile

Oodhousekeeping Thu 03-Jan-13 16:41:58

There's not a lot of MNers in the area( as you may have guessed!). I saw a few around Lancaster planning a meet up last year and there's a few more Cumbrians joined recently but not compared to other areas!

BadMissM Thu 03-Jan-13 20:32:11

You can say that again.... there's absolutely nothing going on on the local board at all....

I was thinking of going to the NCT classes in Lancaster...but as they are about £200.00, I've had to think again.

I'm 45 (eep) and pg with DC2. I'm 11 weeks, and have my scan tomorrow....

hopeful92 Thu 03-Jan-13 20:49:09

Im in South Cumbria smile first baby, planned, n i'm 19+3. Thinking of joining "aqua-natal" soon, not sure though.

nananaps Thu 03-Jan-13 20:57:16

Hi, im near Blackpool so a bit far out.
Im 42 and 36 weeks preganant with dc 2.
Havent found anyone near here tbh.

Neiffer Thu 03-Jan-13 21:05:26

I'm south cumbria, pregnant with dc2 13 weeks, 32. Aqua natal is brill, I'm starting in a few weeks once I feel more pregnant! I wanted to join nct first time round but nearest class is miles away so pointless really. Lots of good baby groups for making friends etc tho smile

hugahuddy Fri 04-Jan-13 12:50:06

I'm in lancaster, 32 and 35 weeks pregnant with first baby! Still deciding where to give birth so any opinions welcomed! If you google baby maze lancaster there are some details of classes, meet ups and aquanatal classes.

EddieIzzardIsOrange Fri 04-Jan-13 12:56:27

Hello! Also in Lancaster

I have a (very nearly) 2 year old and am 19 weeks pregnant again

BadMissM I did NCT with DS in Lancaster, they do reduced rates if you cant afford the full price (which is petty hefty!) but I would recommend them, I did my classes in the chapel at the University, is that where you're looking at?

hugahuddy Where are you deciding between? I had DS at the RLI (no choice, that was a high risk pregnancy) and am planning a home birth this time, anything I could help answer?

BadMissM Fri 04-Jan-13 17:25:11

Hi EddieIzzardIs I'm in sunny Morecambe. I was looking at the ones at the Uni, but they have nothing up about reduced rates at all... might give them a ring... I would really like to do them because all the RLI ones are in the afternoon and DH can't come....

hugahuddy I'm having to go with the RLI as am too high-risk to go anywhere else....

neiffer and hopeful are you far away from Lancaster?

nananaps There are trains!

Scroobius Fri 04-Jan-13 17:57:20

Bad the advertised RLI ones are in the afternoons but when you put in the form that the midwife gives you they actually do them evenings and weekends as well. I've just got my letter for a Sunday class at the end of the month.
I'm hoping for a home birth just because I don't like hospitals but I've heard Helme Chase in Kendal is very good.

BadMissM Fri 04-Jan-13 18:02:24

scroobius aaaaaah! The midwife's given me absolutely nothing so far.... Not particularly impressed. Helme Chase is supposed to be good as long as nothing goes wrong, but have had a couple of friends that have had to be ferried back and forth from Helme Chase-RLI because it did....

Neiffer Fri 04-Jan-13 18:53:24

I'm near barrow in Furness, nearest hospital furness general. On the info I received at booking in it said not to expect to get into the rli if you were in its catchment due to too many babies! Did you guys get that?

Scroobius Fri 04-Jan-13 19:09:28

Bad I wouldn't worry too much depending on how far along you are. I got given a pack with everything in at my after 12 week scan appt but don't think you need to hand in your classes form until after 20 weeks. I'm 31 weeks now and only just been told which class I'm booked for.
That's why I decided on home rather than Helme Chase; I'm only 10 mins away from the RLI do probably in a better position staying here.
Neiffer I didn't hear that but I do live quite close to the hospital and I pretty much said straight away that I wanted to stay at home.

BadMissM Fri 04-Jan-13 19:29:31

Neiffer Gosh, hadn't heard that..... hope I do at least get into the RLI... haven't had it yet. Mind you, not having booking-in appt until 17 January...which will be about 14 weeks for me.

scroobius had my 12 weeks scan today... and got nothing!
I'd guess you were better at home than Helme Chase if you're that close!

EddieIzzardIsOrange Fri 04-Jan-13 19:48:48

BadMissM The letter we got for nhs classes invited us to ones held Wednesday evenings but due to our jobs (youth work) we wouldnt have been able to make it anyway (and they ran from mid-december to the end of jan and DS was due mid-jan so would have had him before he end of the course anyway!)

Nct ones were 2 full days on a Saturday in about November so plenty enough time before and one optional morning on breastfeeding the week after

On this link it gives the costs and says "There are reduced price options with up to 90% off the full price for those on low income or certain benefits. Please ask your course organiser for more details. You can also pay for your course in instalments" so there may be some leeway?

hopeful92 Fri 04-Jan-13 23:13:06

BadMissM I'm about 25 mins drive from Lancaster, will be having my baby at RLI rather than the smaller unit at my local hospital

hopeful92 Fri 04-Jan-13 23:15:27

Helme Chase is closest to me but I would rather be at RLI incase anything goes wrong as if it does you have to go to RLI anyway!

BadMissM Fri 04-Jan-13 23:41:59

EddieIzzard Have just emailed NCT to crawl ask nicely whether they will consider doing any reductions...

hopeful When's the baby due? I'm not till July...

EddieIzzardIsOrange Sat 05-Jan-13 14:18:18

BadMissM They should be alright, I always thought they were pretty reasonable about understanding not everyone has over £200 to spend on classes at an already pretty expensive time! Fx they say its ok...

Was just going to ask everyones due dates?

Mines anywhere between 31st of May and 7th of June (GP/Consultant/my dates/all the different scans have all said slightly different things!)

BadMissM Sat 05-Jan-13 20:46:47

EddieIzzard My due date equally variable...told 22nd July, 24 July, and 29th July yesterday at scan.

Urgh, at scan yesterday also told they don't do combined nuchal scan in our PCT. Apparently, if I want it I have to go to Manchester or Leeds, not referred by them, but pay £180 for it. That's reassuring at 45. Then got shouted at when I said their crappy blood test late on was late, and that if I didn't really want an amnio I was stupid.... even though I had told them I had a stillbirth due to a botched amnio....

PaleHousewifeOfCumbriaCounty Sat 05-Jan-13 21:49:24

Hi ladies, im in barrow, just had my third baby.

Thats weird about the nuchal, BadMissM, i had one done here for my last pregnancy. Just read an interesting post on the antenatal tests board about a chromosome blood test thats now available, might be of interest to you

Oodhousekeeping Sat 05-Jan-13 23:45:01

Ive not had nuchal in any pregnancy. Though I didn't have a 12 week scan last time either as they decided 9 weeks ish was ok as a measurement.

PaleHousewifeOfCumbriaCounty Sun 06-Jan-13 08:28:07

Here in barrow they said upon booking in that i would have to pay privately for nuchal scan, then did anyway at 12 wk

madamecake Sun 06-Jan-13 10:41:00

Hi, I'm in south Cumbria! Expecting dc2 in May.
Had dd in helme chase, although she did have problems, so were transferred to RLI, but the midwives at helme chase were fantastic, ambulance was there within minutes and only took twenty minutes to get her to Lancaster.
We didn't bother with NCT classes last time, or rather I couldn't be bothered driving to Lancaster after work, so did the parent craft classes in helme chase.

Sammi7169 Sun 06-Jan-13 13:55:26

Am just outside of black pool, due 11/3/13, going to blackpool vic hospital.Am amazed at the number of local-ish ladies on here, thought it was just me!

BadMissM Sun 06-Jan-13 15:04:43

Hi Palehousewife. Yep, they told me they didn't do them here, but they 'might be reconsidering' after April, but that 'would be too late for me'. Luckily, I hadn't trusted our local PCT as far as I could throw them (was just a hunch), and I went and had the Harmony Test (The new blood test for Downs) in London a week ago, and am going back for the nuchal part and the results next Monday. If I'd waited on the PCT I would have been out of time... Am now really glad I went...

Had 12 week scan on Friday, which is when I asked.... but I don't have booking in appt until 2 weeks time....

Had DD abroad, so really different set up. Am still reeling in shock that no-one has really physically examined me yet... in France lots of scans, blood tests, examinations.

I'm just really surprised because of my age they haven't offered anything... in France got tests just because I was over 30, let alone 45.

madamecake They won't let me near Helme Chase, I ring whistes and bells! smile

PaleHousewifeOfCumbriaCounty Sun 06-Jan-13 21:31:07

This test sounds amazing, a real revolution. Have you thought about home birth, BadMissM ?

BadMissM Mon 07-Jan-13 15:19:23

PaleHousewife had considered it, but am a bit far from the RLI if anything goes wrong...also nearly died last time, plus my age, so I thought I would ask for an ELCS. I'd rather have a well-planned ELCS than a rushed and unplanned EMCS.

When I had DD, nearly died despite being in state of the art French hospital...

The Harmony Test is an amazing jump....the place where I had it also gives all funds made to try and get it for the NHS www.fetalmedicine.com/fmc/

This explains it better: www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2197881/New-blood-test-Downs-lowers-risk-miscarriage-Screening-accurate-safer-babies.html

Good job I didnt depend on the local PCT really....

BadMissM Mon 07-Jan-13 15:58:39

OK everyone...have also set up a thread on Mumsnet local for us to carry on chatting!


See you over there!

BadMissM Thu 10-Jan-13 21:05:52

OK Ladies...if you want to carry on chatting, I've set up a thread on Mumsnet Local to carry on the chat and revive the boards over there! Maybe evn set up some meet-ups?


BadMissM Sat 12-Jan-13 19:43:05

In case this has dropped out of chat again. Any North Lancashire or South Cumbria Mums-to-Be, we are carrying on the chat over on the local board at: [[http://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/local_lancashire/1653481-Mums-to-Be-North-Lancs-and-Cumbria ]]

BadMissM Mon 21-Jan-13 10:52:19

OK, the North Lancs/South Cumbria mums are discussing a possible meet-up.... so far, ideas are - Lancaster on 10 February at about 10.30am.....

We are carrying on the discussion at: www.mumsnet.com/Talk/local_lancashire/1653481-Mums-to-Be-North-Lancs-and-Cumbria

BadMissM Mon 21-Jan-13 10:54:20

The place we'd thought of is The Novel Cafe in Lancaster... has space for play for LOs too....


BadMissM Mon 21-Jan-13 14:03:31

Okeydokey folks...The meet-up is now officially on the Meet-Ups Board for North Lancs, and can be found here local.mumsnet.com/lancashire/group-meet-ups/north-lancs It will be taking place at the Novel Cafe, Lancaster, on Friday 10 February at 10.30 am, so if you fancy coming along, join the list!!!

BadMissM Fri 25-Jan-13 12:36:45

Right. Meet-Up. 10 February, 10.30am, Novel Cafe, Lancaster.

Details on Meet-ups Board HERE: local.mumsnet.com/lancashire/group-meet-ups/north-lancs

BadMissM Tue 29-Jan-13 11:24:38

The time is nigh(ish). You couldn't tell I'm getting a bit excited or anything....
The meet-ups board is here[[ local.mumsnet.com/lancashire/group-meet-ups/north-lancs]] if you want to add yourself, but even if you don't get time, feel free to come along!

Friday 10 February, 10.30am, Novel Cafe, Lancaster.

Or if you want to join in the discussion in North Lancs/South Cumbria, it's here [[ www.mumsnet.com/Talk/local_lancashire/1653481-Mums-to-Be-North-Lancs-and-Cumbria]]

Oodsigma Thu 31-Jan-13 13:42:36

Thought you might be interested in this

hospital closure

BadMissM Thu 31-Jan-13 20:18:09

This is disgraceful...they are already overcrowded at Lancaster...and with the new midwife led-unit at Barrow...what happens if it goes wrong...airlifting them to Lancaster? Not good....

Oodsigma Thu 31-Jan-13 20:23:14

Spoke to one of the maternity matrons earlier. It's being reviewed in 2 weeks but they are prepared for a month.
Low risk from Lancaster will be sent to kendal or barrow to make room.
If we have any dodgy weather again it's going to be v dangerous since there was no way out of Furness last week in the snow.

PaleHousewifeOfCumbriaCounty Fri 01-Feb-13 12:37:59

Cant believe theyve done this...

Oodsigma Fri 01-Feb-13 13:33:33

Meeting 6pm at Greengate school in Barrow tonight. Saw it on twitter.

BadMissM Fri 01-Feb-13 16:01:56

I am a complete idiot who can't even read the calendar properly. I blame it on pregnancy brain....

The meet up is Friday, fine, 10.30, fine....but the 8th February, not the 10th (which would be a Sunday....) So please change the date in your diaries!!!

The meet-ups board is here[[ local.mumsnet.com/lancashire/group-meet-ups/north-lancs]] if you want to add yourself, but even if you don't get time, feel free to come along!

Friday 8 February, 10.30am, Novel Cafe, Lancaster.

Or if you want to join in the discussion in North Lancs/South Cumbria, it's here [[ www.mumsnet.com/Talk/local_lancashire/1653481-Mums-to-Be-North-Lancs-and-Cumbria]]

Kafri Fri 01-Feb-13 20:23:21

Hi all, i'm not quite local - Chorley. Also not pg - had ds 6 weeks ago so i'm technically gatecrashing but thought i'd say hi anyway.

BadMissM Sat 02-Feb-13 15:16:16

Kafri You're still more than welcome in our chat, and at the meet-up if you can make it!!!

Oodsigma Mon 04-Feb-13 19:23:38

Update on FGH/RLI ambulance problem

BadMissM Wed 06-Feb-13 19:01:15

Oodsigma Thanks!

Just to repeat myself AGAIN...

I am a complete idiot who can't even read the calendar properly. I blame it on pregnancy brain....blush Sorry to have muddled everyone up.... thanks

The meet up is Friday, fine, 10.30, fine....*but the 8th February, not the 10th* (which would be a Sunday....) So please change the date in your diaries!!!

The meet-ups board is here local.mumsnet.com/lancashire/group-meet-ups/north-lancs if you want to add yourself, but even if you don't get time, feel free to come along!

brew Friday 8 February, 10.30am, Novel Cafe, Lancaster. smile

Or if you want to join in the discussion in North Lancs/South Cumbria, it's here www.mumsnet.com/Talk/local_lancashire/1653481-Mums-to-Be-North-Lancs-and-Cumbria

BadMissM Fri 08-Feb-13 17:35:15

Thanks to everyone who made it to the first North Lancs/South Cumbria Meet-Up today. Was lovely to meet you, Flo and Sammit! If anyone has any suggestions for places to meet up or ideas for the next meet-up....feel free to post!

BadMissM Mon 25-Mar-13 20:22:19

Hello again, North Lancs/South Cumbria Mums-to-be and Mums! We are thinking about having another meet-up on Friday 3 April if anyone would like to come...we are trying to decide on the venue. We met in the Novel Cafe in Lancaster last time.



BadMissM Mon 25-Mar-13 20:22:59

BTW, the time we had thought of was about 10.30-11.00 to give people time to get there...

BadMissM Sun 31-Mar-13 14:00:14

Next meet-up Wednesday 3 April, 10.30am, The Novel Cafe, New St, Lancaster See you there!!!!

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