Bump Club

Bump Club is our monthly evening group especially for parents-to-be. 

These sessions are for you to meet other expectant parents in the Didcot area, to build support networks, and get ready for life with your new baby.

Becoming a parent is the most wonderful, overwhelming, rewarding, hardest rollercoaster ride of many of our lives. Nothing can truly prepare you for it and your journey will be unique, but we aim to help you get off to a confident and positive start with your little one. We will give you honest, evidence-based, non-judgemental information about what to expect in the early weeks with a new baby. We hope you will feel empowered to make informed choices that feel right for your family, and find the supportive "village" that will help you thrive in early parenthood.

This is not a class! The sessions are held in a relaxed and informal format. On arrival you can grab a hot drink and a place at cafe style tables. Once everyone is settled in the facilitators, Lisa & Kath, lead a short discussion (you are welcome contribute or to just listen). The discussion is followed by plenty of time to chat to other attendees and ask the facilitators questions. You can also take a look at our selection of baby carriers and try them on with our demo doll Diddy (who does weigh as much as an actual baby!) and browse our library of excellent evidence-based books which are available for you to borrow. You will receive a little bag of info and lovely things to take away and have the option to join a Bump Clubbers WhatsApp group. 

FAQs about Bump Club

When can I join?

We rotate through four discussion topics and you can join at any point in the cycle. If you start coming from around 24 weeks of your pregnancy you should be able to fit them all in, as well as have time to get to know your fellow Bump Clubbers with similar due dates. It's all very flexible though - you can join later or pick out certain topics that interest you. 

Do I need to book?

Yes, spaces can be booked via Eventbrite

Capacity is limited, so if the session is fully booked please join the waitlist in case of cancellations.

How much does it cost?

We ask that you make a pay-what-you-feel donation of £5-10 per person, however if this would prevent you from coming just select the "free ticket".

Larger donations are greatly appreciated if you would like to "pay-it-forward". We aim to raise most of our funding from grants, but this is an ongoing challenge and your donations make a vital contribution to us being able to run the group as open to all.

Where are the sessions?

The Community Station, Royal Scot House, 99 Station Road, Didcot, OX11 7NN (the SOHA building).

NOTE: the entrance is from the rear on Lydalls Road. 

From 30th July sessions will be held at the GWP District Community Centre, Gentian Mews, OX11 6GR. Come in through the "Playroom"  entrance. There is plenty of parking.

Can my partner/mum/friend come too?

Yes. Partners, or any other family member or friend who will be supporting you, are very welcome (attending solo is also fine and not at all unusual too!)

Can I come if it's not my first baby?

Yes! The group is open to all parents and it's great if you'd like to share your experiences with others.

What topics do the discussions cover?

We focus on the preparing for the postnatal "fourth trimester" period, a.k.a. the bit with an actual baby (we know this can feel a little abstract sometimes!). The four topic are:

Is it SB or BS? - looking at the evidence behind the claims made by some popular baby items to see whether they are the best thing since Sliced Bread or marketing BS! Find out what you really need on your baby list! 

Got Milk? - busting some myths about breastfeeding and formula and empowering you to make informed choices about feeding your baby

Loved Up - looking at the so called "love hormone" Oxytocin's role in birth, breastfeeding, bonding and brain development and how you can help get it flowing

Cache & Carry - how human biology explains what to expect in the postnatal “fourth trimester” period and how to help your baby adjust from the womb to the world.

Where can I find information and classes to help me prepare for birth?

The Oxford University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Maternity Team offer free online workshops and there are options locally for paid for classes - from a traditional antenatal course to specialist hypnobirthing classes and pregnancy yoga.

We also have a great selection of evidence-based books about birth available for you to borrow from our library and you will have access to our recommended resources ‘Padlet’ of reliable online info.

Is it worth coming if I’m also doing an antenatal course? 

Absolutely! The content complements birth focused classes well.  

If your course is online or not based in Didcot, Bump Club gives you the chance to meet local families and learn about what support is available here.

Who are the facilitators?

Bump Club sessions are facilitated by Kath and Lisa.

Kath is DBM's group chair, and a qualified Breastfeeding Counsellor, Gentle Sleep Practitioner, Babywearing Educator, and mum of 3 (including twins).

Lisa is a Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) with over 20 years’ experience supporting families to meet their personal breastfeeding/chest-feeding goals, and mum of 2 daughters and 2 dog babies.

We look forward to welcoming you to the group!

Feedback from Bump Clubbers

“Bump Club was supportive, informative, and a great opportunity to meet other people also expecting their little ones.”

"I don't know anyone in the area so the bump club has been great to meet other mums-to-be and feel less isolated."

“We now feel much more confident about how to prepare ourselves for our baby's arrival, how to look after our baby and ourselves after the birth, and where to get help if we are struggling. As well as excellent advice and support, Bump Club provided a supportive and non-judgemental environment for discussion and to meet other parents-to-be. The lending library has been really useful, as has sling practice. We have had our last session before the birth and I'm sad not to be going back, but I'm excited to come to Didcot Baby Mondays soon instead!”