Bury St Edmunds support network for new mums to stage Pregnancy and Parenting Fayre at The Apex

Steph Holland and daughter Amelia. Steph is organising  a Pregnancy and Parenting Fayre at the Apex on April 10. She runs the website www.stedmundsbaby.co.uk
Photo by Erin Freeman Photography
Steph Holland and daughter Amelia. Steph is organising a Pregnancy and Parenting Fayre at the Apex on April 10. She runs the website www.stedmundsbaby.co.uk Photo by Erin Freeman Photography
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The first St Edmundsbaby Pregnancy and Parenting Fayre will be held at the Apex on April 10.

Steph Holland, 31, has formed a network of parents and services in the four and a half years since she gave birth to her daughter Amelia.

She and her husband Neil were the first of their family’s generation to have a baby and she struggled to link up with other supportive mums as she and Neil had moved to Bury from Bristol where she had been studying music.

“There was this strange alienation from my original life and as a mother your perspective changes as do your priorities. People without babies didn’t understand or have the same priorities.

“I was desperate and very nervous. I didn’t want to phone the helplines and was really bad at getting out of the house. But I found two friends and we would go for a walk every week,” she said.

When the National Childbirth Trust’s local newsletter needed a new editor Steph took on the role and her involvement with the local parenting movement grew.

She now produces a quarterly magazine for parents in and around Bury as well as running Nature Explorers, a forest school style group for under fives at Lackford Lakes.

She is group facilitator for Attachment Parenting UK - Bury St Edmunds and chairman of West Suffolk Hospital Maternity Services Liaison Committee. She also helps run the Bury St Edmunds Sling Library.

The Pregnancy and Parenting Fayre runs from 11am to 3pm and will showcase a wide range of organisations for babies and toddlers with input from midwives, breastfeeding support, and birth therapists. More can be found on www.stedmundsbaby.co.uk