New mothers and new borns from across Norfolk take part in a yoga session with a twist

YogaBubs Christmas party at Open.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

YogaBubs Christmas party at Open.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Newborns and new-mums were stretching and socialising to raise money for a cause close to their hearts.

YogaBubs Christmas party at Open.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

YogaBubs Christmas party at Open.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

YogaBubs sessions aim to bring mothers together and create a support network while encouraging them to try something new, and more than 100 people - little and full grown - filled the hall at Open Norwich yesterday.

Organised by yoga instructor Jackie Heffer-Cooke, the money raised from the event will help to buy equipment for the Midwifery Led Birthing Unit at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Mrs Heffer-Cooke, said: 'It is something all of these mums will have used very recently, so we are hoping to raise money so the N&N can get some birthing props.'

When she had her first child, the yoga instructor found there was a community for toddlers, but not much to occupy new mothers, so she started YogaBubs sessions.

YogaBubs Christmas party at Open.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

YogaBubs Christmas party at Open.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

She added: 'My idea is that I want mums to look after themselves, because if we look after ourselves then we can look after our babies.'

Incorporating carols and strengthening exercises for the babies with stretches for the adults, smiles filled the venue and many people cited Jackie's enthusiasm for the reason they were back for another session.

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'Jackie is one of those people that really make it a special occasion', said Stephanie Tipple, from East Harling, who was at the session with her daughter.

'My daughter really enjoys it and she is definitely more wiggly than last time.'

Another visitor, Victoria Whortley, added: 'I've never seen so many babies in one room, I'm just here to see what it is all about but we are booked in for January.'

Mothers were also treated to massages and advice from Catherine Jeans, a nutritional therapist at the event. She said: 'I have spoken to some of the mums today and given advice about weening. I've also spoken to mums who have children with soy and dairy allergies who were having to wait for appointments.

- To find out YogaBubs sessions, visit www.norwichbabyyoga.com

- If you have a story about a group raising money for charity, email jemma.walker@archant.co.uk