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NEW WORDS FOR NEW LIVES Jan Wigley

Updated: May 18

For Mums, Mums-to-be and their babies.

Swansea Wellbeing Centre.


Whether it is your first, second or sixth baby, each child is unique and you as a mum are different too. When we become pregnant or anticipate having a baby, through adoption, it is one of the biggest changes that we can face in our lives, but our lives are constantly in flux, whether we like it or not. Connecting with that relentless flow can help us to navigate through the unknown, the choppy waters and also to know when to sit back and just go with the calmer currents. We have to shape-shift emotionally, physically and spiritually, to prepare for that new life. We create a space that we imagine will accommodate this unknown member of our family. Then the baby arrives and we shift again to face the reality of the baby that we can hold in our arms, not just in our hearts. This reality may be completely different to the idea that we had formed in our minds, from past experience or stories that we are told about being a mother. So forming your own reality from what it is like for you, your story, is what being a mum is all about.


With a young baby, you become a nurturer 24/7 but the hardest thing in life is to learn to nurture yourself. Creative writing can be a way of nurturing ‘you’ and pinning down your creativity, at this busy time. After all, you are holding a mini-creation in your arms, a living example of change. You have created this new life, this unique space for a new life, so why not create more? Why not allow words to be born to describe what that really feels like or write stories that have been waiting to be birthed but you have not had the time to labor over them. It is amazing what can happen when you unfold that space week after week and it becomes a regular part of your life.

Why not allow words to be born to describe what that really feels like or write stories that have been waiting to be birthed but you have not had the time to labor over them.

Motherhood can be competitive too, at a time when you don’t need to be comparing yourself to other mums, comparing your baby to other babies. There is no right way to being a mum; there is just your way. The writing group for new mums will be a safe, supportive, accepting group. We will go at your pace, taking into account the tiredness, the hormones and the intense joy of new life making new friends along the way. Babies are welcome too. There will be arms to hold and words to behold, as well as much fun as we write together.


Your face;

too beautiful to dream

in the soft milky months of longing

yet I know it well

traced blind

with love’s fingertips

kissed already

a thousand times.

(JW)

The Swansea Wellbeing Centre CIC
 

Walter Road, Swansea, SA1 5PQ

01792 732071

centre@wellbeingswansea.co.uk

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