Hitchin’s Pregnancy Club to help bring parents-to-be together

The Pregnancy Club is a new collaboration between four pregnancy, birth and baby service providers.

The Pregnancy Club is a new collaboration between four pregnancy, birth and baby service providers. Picture: The Pregnancy Club - Credit: Archant

Four businesswomen working in pregnancy, birth and baby services have come together in Hitchin to create a Pregnancy Club for parents-to-be.

Pregnancy Club co-creators Isabelle Maguire, Kerry Fox, Jo Diplock and Ria Olivera (clockwise from t

Pregnancy Club co-creators Isabelle Maguire, Kerry Fox, Jo Diplock and Ria Olivera (clockwise from top left). Picture: The Pregnancy Club - Credit: Archant

The club – co-founded by Isabelle Maguire, Kerry Fox, Ria Oliver and Jo Diplock – is to launch at the Secret Garden play area and café in Sun Street next Saturday.

Isabelle is the owner of the Secret Garden and provider of MamaBabyBliss services, including pregnancy yoga, massage and more.

Kerry is a doula and director of Birth And Baby Information, Education, Support – BABIES – which offers support and guidance before and after birth.

Ria is a hypnobirthing teacher and Jo is a nutritionist and postnatal fitness expert.


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Kerry said: “We wanted to offer something unusual, where expectant parents could meet other parents-to-be in a more social way.

“Many people make friends at antenatal classes, and this is great – but we felt there was the need to offer something that was less focused on the content of the class and more on the social aspect of it.

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“The four of us run classes in some form or other, and we know there often isn’t time for attendees to chat and bond over the very thing they have in common – their pregnancy.

“The club focuses on getting groups of parents-to-be together, giving them a real chance to get to know each other and share in their experiences so far and where we can help them dispel some myths, hear expert advice and real tips and hopefully have some fun along the way.”

The launch next Saturday, April 14, starts at 6pm and goes on until 8.30pm. Kerry said future events would run at similar times.

“The events will run on a weekend in the evening at the Secret Garden, giving the feel of heading into town, but avoiding the crowded bars!

“They will consist of food, beer and mocktails, the chance to join in with some fun activities to break the ice and the opportunity to join in a Q&A with a guest expert speaker, chosen from a selection of local pregnancy, birth and baby related specialists.

“This way, they can hear about what services and classes run in the area and find out more about them.”

Club membership costs £80, and those who sign up next Saturday get a free goodie bag.

For more call 07985 500707, email pregnancyclub@yahoo.com or have a look at facebook.com/thepregnancyclubhitchin.

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