Rosie and Lindsay welcome you to the Fourth Trimester Sheffield parenting sessions. We have been supporting new parents in Sheffield to connect with and understand their babies since 2014.

Our Fourth Trimester parenting support programme is an 8 week cycle/term for parents and carers with bumps or babies up to four (ish) months of age. (This early period of nurturing in the first few months of a baby’s life is often known the “fourth trimester“).  It is a drop in session run by Dr Rosie Knowles (Carrying Matters) and the team from the Sheffield Sling Surgery and Library, and Lindsay Snow (Understanding Kids), to help parents with bumps or small babies (under 4 months) find out all they need to know about this precious and key stage in their lives.

4th Trimester Sheffield is a popular Monday morning group for expectant parents or with newborns

The 4th Trimester sessions run over eight weeks and are free to attend.

(We welcome a suggested £2-5 donation towards volunteer costs.)

The first session is all about relaxing into parenthood and connecting with your baby, and how slings can help to build secure and loving relationships and support good mental health. In subsequent weeks, Lindsay will support parents with topics covering crying, sleeping, how baby and parent brains work, relationships and more. The last session covers looking after your own wellbeing and mental health as a parent as well as a little light entertainment!

Lizzie Rolls runs the “feeding” topic of the 4T Free cycle, and there is a regular guest slot about caring for the post natal body from Libby at S1 Chiropractic (who is very experienced with women’s health).

We will encourage attendees from each cycle to develop “village” style friendship groups and encouragement, we’ll collect your email address as you book to be able to facilitate this, and we will signpost to further parenting and sling support via social media groups and useful resources.

Please note you are welcome to come to all of the sessions or to join us half way through and roll over to the next cycle, or just pick one or two!

Rose Knowles

Upcoming 4th Trimester Dates in 2018

Autumn 4T cycle dates;
1. Sept 3rd – Intro to Carrying and Bonding
2. Sept 10th – ‘Baby’ Brain – Adjusting to Parenthood
3. Sept 17th – Coping with Crying
4. Sept 24th – Sleep
5. Oct 1st  – Your Body (the postnatal body and how to care for it)
6. Oct 8th  – Feeding your Baby (with IBCLC support)
7. Oct 22nd – Relationships and Resilience
8. Oct 29th – Beyond the 4th Trimester (self care and mental health)

Winter Cycle TBC

In between the cycles, the sling library drop in will run as usual from 10-12noon.

Coming Soon

Online content for those who wish to explore the topics in much more detail!

4th Trimester Session structure

10am-10.15 Welcome
10.15-11am Topic and Discussion
11am Sling Support “Bite”
11am-11.30 Individual Support and Coffee Break
11.30-12.30pm Sling Library drop in session

Split into two parts, the first hour and a half (10-11.30am) is for non-judgemental evidence-based parenting support and the chance to meet other new parents.

From 11.30am onwards, the focus shifts more to sling support with your own carrier, or the chance to try ours! We have weighted demo dolls and we can also help you practice with your own baby. The free stretchy wrap/Caboo hire scheme can be accessed here, and slings can be hired to take home/purchased from Sling Spot (next door to the Snug) on the day.

The sling library session is a drop in, you are welcome to attend this with your young baby if you want to come later on.