How it started...
New Baby Network CIC. It’s a very grand name for two mom friends who found the transition to parenthood incredibly intense and overwhelming. Through building our social network together, we found ourselves more confident and able to cope – we want to do the same for other parents!
In June 2018 Brianna looked across the table, strewn with bits of food and a spillage, caught Ellie’s eye and said ‘So I want to set up a group for new parents…want to do it with me?’ We had ‘meetings’ during our playdates, kids crawling through the middle. Ellie had another baby. We messaged and planned through nap traps on the sofa and night feeds. After our wonderful third director Louise joined us, the New Baby Network was born.
When covid hit two years later we knew it was going to be incredibly tough on parents and carers of little children. As a little organisation we could move quickly and adapt to the new ‘zoom’ world. We were awarded our first funding, started virtual ‘Wellbeing Workshops’ and a ‘New Baby Course’. Brianna had another baby. The network was growing!
Meet our directors!
Hi I’m Brianna!
I am an IBCLC and run the infant feeding peer support training courses. You’ll see me at our face to face groups as well.
I love supporting people with their feeding journeys and especially love seeing them come back and train to pass on their experience to other families. Watching parents supporting parents is so rewarding. I’m an executive director.
Hi I’m Louise
I’m a breastfeeding Counsellor, Peer Support Trainer, and Doula who has been supporting families for over a decade.
I founded Diversity in Infant Feeding after noticing the distinct lack of diverse representation in the infant feeding world. The organisation aims to change how infant feeding is portrayed by promoting inclusivity and increasing representation through online platforms and an online image bank. I’m an executive director.
Hi I’m Marêmé!
I am a Muslim woman, wife and mother to two boys. When I’m not absolutely consumed by this, I am a birth coach and infant feeding peer supporter.
I believe that what happens in the early months sets that family up for life. I am passionate about helping families get off to the best start with high quality, culturally and religiously specific infant feeding education.
How it's going...
The network is truly involved in creating itself – our directors regularly run groups as peers, our volunteers feel comfortable being part of decision making and we are built based on the needs of those who come to our groups. We ask. We listen. We make it happen!
Since those first years the network has grown so much. We now have over 30 trained infant feeding volunteers running groups across Dudley and Birmingham. Parents have had their first, second, third babies coming to our groups. They’ve wanted to pass on the support they got by training with us and volunteering their time.
No person parenting is ‘just a mom’, ‘just a dad’ or ‘just a carer’. You are skilled, thoughtful, and strong. You learn, change and grow.
We want to connect you with others,
empower you in your choices and
support you on this journey.
What our volunteers say about training with New Baby Network...
“The work that New Baby Network do is astoundingly good and necessary. This course is one of the most engaging ones I’ve done (in any field/subject) due to the variety of course materials and flexibility in answering questions and submitting assignments. In addition, the warmth and kindness that Brianna has shown throughout the course…”
“Helpful, it was so nice to be able to bring my baby too and for it to be such a relaxed (but hard working!) environment.”
‘Amazing guidance and support by Brianna throughout this course. Really welcoming and chilled out environment for all. I’m really glad I got this opportunity to gain some confidence in an area that I feel passionate in supporting in.’
“A safe and supportive environment to share ideas and thoughts, reflect and learn. It was ok to get things wrong and be unsure and this aided the learning environment. Brianna is an excellent facilitator.”