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KacyB Tue 05-Feb-08 22:37:38


I am due to give birth at the end of May this year... it's my first child and, though I'm 35, I'm pretty clueless!!

My husband works away Monday to Friday so I am struggling to find any ante natal classes, as I don't have a partner. I am booked on a one day course in April, but would really like to find a weekly course where I can meet people..

I'm in the Hemel Hempstead area... Can anyone suggest anything?

thanks, Kacy

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BigBadMouse Tue 05-Feb-08 22:49:29

Your Midwife should be able to point you in the direction of some groups you can attend.

I'm not in that area but would think you should have some ante natal swimming classes locally which run every week. Not parenting classes as such but great for meeting mums to be in your area.

Does that answer help? Hope so smile

KacyB Tue 05-Feb-08 22:51:22

Thanks BBM... that's just the sort of thing I need....

I'll ask about those!!!

Thank you! grin

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BigBadMouse Tue 05-Feb-08 23:24:43

Thats OK, I'm a 'hermit' myself and probably really only exist on MN and not in RL anymore since I spend most of my time on here grin So, in that sense, I'm probably not the best person to answer your question.....

KacyB Tue 05-Feb-08 23:29:40

I only joined tonight and am addicted already!

I should be asleep! I have to go to work early tomorrow!!!

I have taken your advice though and checked out some links. Haven't found any swimming classes I could get to yet (only ones were mid week and I have a less than helpful employer!!!) but I did find a birth cafe in Kings Langley so I am going to give that a try!

I'm afraid I am a bit of a hermit too... I don't usually mind, but have been feeling a bit more isolated now I'm expecting!

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BigBadMouse Tue 05-Feb-08 23:41:14

Oh yeah, kids are great for making you feel isolated - strange but true.

I think I had a small social life before I had mine (seems so long ago I can't remember grin). I didn't go on maternity leave until I was 40 weeks with DD1 so it was a pain that all the antenatal stuff was mid week angry. Its really helpful to get new mum friends who are expecting at the same time as you. With DD1 I was very isolated, I made (a little bit) more effort to mix with other mums when DD2 was born and that made it all so much easier. Have you looked to se if there are any mums on here who are local to you.

I have no idea what a 'birth cafe' is!!! Sounds like it should have easy clean floors though grin. I am in Cornwall so we don't have things like that smile

KacyB Tue 05-Feb-08 23:47:30

I have no idea what a birth cafe is either, but I'll let you know when I find out!!!!

I haven't really found any local mums yet, but I'm not due for another 4 months, so I think I have a little bit of time!!

Wow,,, I cna't believe you stayed at work until week 48 - I thought I was being a martyr working up until week 38!! grin

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BigBadMouse Tue 05-Feb-08 23:51:44

Week 40 grin. Just didn't want to sit around waiting at home. Was certain she would be late but labour started on due date - she was born 3 days later (yay envy).

Yeah, you have plenty of time yet to find new mummies. My DC3 is due in May. Have you been on the due May 08 thread yet? It's sooo busy on there I can't keep up with all the gossip.

KacyB Tue 05-Feb-08 23:58:22

Nope, not found that thread yet and I think it had better wait until tomorrow... must sleep!!!!

3 day labour..... shock

Thanks ever so much!

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BigBadMouse Wed 06-Feb-08 00:04:49

yeah me too...DH doesn't like me staying up chatting all night. See you on the May o8 thread (part of the ante natal thread groups I think)

Have a nice day at work tomorrow grin and let me know what a 'birth cafe' is! 3 day labour was fine I'm a wimp - if I can cope anyone can wink

BigBadMouse Wed 06-Feb-08 00:06:36

here it is - saves you hunting about when you could be chatting grin

LOVEMYMUM Fri 08-Feb-08 19:24:23

I went to my ante-natal classes on my own cos DH is a medical person who knows all the theory. You don't necessarily need to go with someone.

Casserole Sat 15-Mar-08 19:50:50

KacyB - I'm 30 and due 5th May, and lives just outside HH (Apsley). I know the birth cafe you're talking about, though haven't been there - did you go and what was it like?

It's my first and I'm pretty clueless too - fancy coffee sometime?

Casserole Fri 28-Mar-08 15:24:29

KacyB - email me on if you're interested in meeting up with me and a couple of other MNetters for coffee in the next few weeks

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