Hi, I'm new to this group and new to Bridgend, south wales!! I'm due in February 2010 and would really like to meet other mums and find out about classes / activities available in my area. Haven't met a midwife yet, 12 weeks and not yet had my booking??? any advice info appreciated :-)
I'd investigate NCT ante-natal classes. They cost a bit, and the actualy childbirth advice is a perhaps a bit lentil-weavery, but the girls I met on my NCT class are like family to me now, and we all agree we don't know what we'd have done through those early months without all the support we gave each other.
Easily the best few hundred squid I ever spent. And I think the NCT will subsidise those on lower income (if indeed that is your situation I've no idea you might be millionaires!) but I'm under-correction on that one.
Worth looking into and it's good to book early if you do decide to go for it - they get booked up.
For me it was mostly NCT classes and aquanatal (though didn't really stay in touch for long with people from that). But it was mostly in the last few months before the birth that I started meeting other mums-to-be.
I am also living in Bridgend. My baby is born and is now 8 months old. I am the first of my friends to have a baby (even though I am 33!) so I know its really important to be able to meet other Mums for a bit of support, help and advice.
There do not seem to be many groups around but I would go to ante-natal classes at the hospital where you may meet other Mums and Dads.
We could always meet up for a chat and a coffee, just contact me