The first year with your newborn child is a magical time in any woman’s life. It can also be the biggest struggle you will ever face, and at times, very lonely. The Mothers’ Collective, launching March 2014 aims to make the most of the best bits of maternity leave whilst tackling the worst bits head on, with the focus on the mother’s wellbeing and happiness.
As a member of the Mothers’ Collective you’ll enjoy:
- Weekly meet-ups at the beautiful Park House in Bepton, nr Midhurst with special refreshments.
- A programme of guest speakers, plus resident experts in sleep, nutrition and childcare.
- Pampering treatments like head, foot and hand massages.
- Goody bags packed with gorgeous treats.
- Exclusive discounts on baby brands and products.
- Access to expert advice.
Away from the usual draughty village halls and noisy family centres, The Park House in Bepton near Midhurst will host weekly meet-ups in their chic, stylish but relaxed private space, where you can chat, breast or bottle-feed and enjoy a snack in peace. With expert advice from guest speakers, pampering treatments and delicious treats, you can enjoy it all with your new baby in your arms. LAUNCHING MARCH 2014 WITH A ONE-OFF MOTHERS’ DAY THEMED OPEN DAY AT THE PARK HOUSE HOTEL.
Experts in breastfeeding, nutrition, sleep, massage, baby calm, development, play and skincare will be available on rotation to answer any questions and offer helpful tips.
Meet other new mothers, share stories and fill your maternity leave diary with baby-friendly social dates. We’ll also help you to create keepsakes on-site, from foot and handprints on ceramics and fingerprint pendants to professional baby photography. All the things you want to do with a newborn but never have time to do, under one very cosy roof!
New mothers deserve a little me-time, but few have the childcare or time to do so. We’ll organise baby-friendly treats you can enjoy in situ, including head, foot and hand massages. You’ll also receive exclusive goody bags, discounts and advice from beauty therapists on site.
Mothers Collective taster event, FREE
This April, The Park House is excited to welcome The Mothers’ Collective, a new social group for new mothers created by ex-Vogue staffer, Grace Timothy and ex-Zest stylist, Marianne de Vries. Members will enjoy weekly meet-ups in our cosy conservatory, with expert advice from guest speakers, pampering treatments and delicious refreshments. As a Mother’s Day Gift to you, we invite you to a free taster session on Wednesday 26th March at 11am or 12pm. Register for your free tickets. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Babes-in-arms only (0-6 months). You’re more than welcome to bring a friend, partner or parent with you, too!
This members’ club has been set up by former VOGUE and GLAMOUR beauty writer, Grace Timothy (of Boxgrove) and Marianne de Vries, holistic health fan and magazine stylist (of Fishbourne). Both are also mothers to toddlers under 2.
Grace Timothy: “When I had my daughter, NoÃ©mie in 2012 I stayed in for the first 6 months, totally isolated but with buckets of time on my hands. I didn’t see the point of baby classes while my newborn was too little to actually take part, and I found sitting on the floor in a freezing cold village hall surrounded by screaming toddlers as I tried to console a hungry baby really horrible after weeks of sleepless nights.
With my job I’d been to some of the best spas, hotels and restaurants in the world, and thought just because I’ve had a baby, I shouldn’t have to camp out in a village hall when I need comfortable and cosy surroundings more than ever! What I wanted was to meet other mums, chat about all my hopes and fears, and breastfeed in comfort. I had a gazillion questions – how often should I feed her? Should she nap more? Which nappies should I be using? Am I doing it right? You need a network of like-minded women around you, not to mention people who have all the answers!
I wanted to set up something where the focus is on MUM, providing all the support and pampering you need and so deserve in the weeks and months after having a baby, in the gorgeous (and very private) surroundings of The Park House. I wanted to help you meet other mothers in the area, fill your diary with lovely baby-friendly experiences, and tackle anything you’re struggling with – sleep, feeding, even going back to work. Our panel of experts will also help you find the best baby equipment, beauty products and books to cut out all the guesswork. It’s the kind of support network we all wish we’d had during those magical but sometimes hard early months.”