Online support networks for new parents

Once you have become a parent, the monthly parents’ yahoo groups provide a useful support network. The groups are made up of Hackney & Islington residents whose babies are born in the same month as yours. The aim of the groups is to provide a forum for chat about all things baby-related with a big group of parents, and also to arrange social get-togethers on a smaller scale. It is primarily up to the members to run the group, but our moderators will check in from time to time with useful information.

The types of discussions on the yahoo monthly groups are:

  • Breastfeeding
  • Sleeping
  • Baby blues
  • Weaning

Most groups continue for a few months after the babies are born, and in many cases are still going strong a year later. At this point the facilitators hand the group back to its members to own.

What some parents have said:

"If you live away from your family, the NCT Hackney & Islington is a wonderful support network. I'm from abroad and I've made more friends in the last year through the yahoo groups than the preceding four." Rebecca, N5

"It's very useful to have friends through the monthly yahoo groups that are going through the same stages with their babies as you are. We compare notes and it's great fun and very supportive." Sara, N4

"People to meet up with a couple of times a week, email each day with concerns and learnings, and soon become firm friends with. I really can't value it highly enough - it's had the hugest impact on this transitional time." Rachel, N5

If you would like to join one of our monthly yahoo groups, and haven't already, please send an email to with your estimated due date or baby's birth date, your postcode and a phone number. Please put your due or birth dates in the subject line.

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