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Innovative new mother’s group combines health services to help new mothers get up and about

Up & About Mothers’ Group combines the expert wellbeing services of a counsellor, nutritionist, naturopath, sleep specialist and yoga fitness instructor in one complete wrap around support program for mothers with a new baby.

The four-week program is the first of its kind in Canberra and opens to mothers with a baby under one year old this week, with the first session set to take place in early September as part of Women’s Health Week.

Each week, the group will exercise and socialise with a Walk and Talk session through Telopea Park, followed by a Latte and Learn session, where a passionate local speaker will chat with mothers to share knowledge, provide guidance and assist with developing their self-care and parenting skills

Lisa Anderson, owner of The Upside of Me and creator of the Up & About Mothers’ Group, is a qualified counsellor specialising in women’s mental health and pre and post natal parental wellbeing.

“At Up & About our values are socialising, friendship, confidence, learning, embracing.”

“The group is made up of four experienced community professionals who share the same passion; we all want new mums to feel empowered to achieve a healthy mind and body,” said Lisa.

“A healthy, happy mum is equipped with the mindset and physical health she needs to care for her baby.”

The weekly sessions are not only getting mothers back up and about, but also reinvigorating small businesses in Canberra following disruption from COVID-19.

“We took this opportunity to bring the small business community together as we work through the COVID-19 restrictions. Our venue, Bittersweet Café Kingston, have been so supportive and are keen to see the Canberra community getting back out and about,” said Lisa.

Becoming a mother is an exciting time but it’s also natural to feel unsure about some things or have questions. The opportunity to share concerns and seek expert advice, while also forming close bonds with other like-minded mums, has never been easier.

The weekly sessions will commence on Friday 11 September from 10:30am-12:00pm at Bittersweet, Kingston.

For more information and to register for Up & About Mothers’ Group, visit:

Contact Person: Lisa Anderson

Contact number: 0491 155210

Contact email:

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