The Baby Makers

Baby Makers at work - Stroud 2021. Photo ©Catherine Harder
Baby Makers at work – Stroud 2021. Photo ©Catherine Harder

The WAAS have completed the most recent series of Baby Makers sessions in 2023-2024, funded with thanks to National Lottery players, by the National Lottery Community Fund. This is our program featuring a series of workshops for people who have recently given birth. It offers supported creative practice in a group, as a way to address connection, emotional health & wellbeing for health professionals and people with new babies. As part of this recent round we also offered a wellbeing session for the perinatal mental health team at Gloucestershire Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Our report for the 2023-2024 season is now available:


With huge thanks to all our fantastic participants and our supporters and funders.

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A baby on a table surrounded by wool and crochet work
A baby in among the making – Baby Makers Stonehouse

Listen in to Sarah & Sharon talking about The Baby Makers on BBC Radio Gloucestershire with Kate Clark:


We ran a series of 8 sessions in late 2021, for women and people in pregnancy. In spring 2022 we offered a series of sessions for new mothers in the first year after giving birth. A doula and other support workers joined the group to give support and also as creative participants. We offered stipends to all participants to ensure there are no financial barriers to taking part. 

Our Report is available here:


We have also created a new piece of collective artwork for Stroud’s Museum in the Park to share maternal histories. Some of the stories were shared on BBC Radio Gloucestershire on the Anna King show and the collective Bunting artwork is now part of the Museum collection.

We are looking for community partners to work with us on building a bigger reproductive histories project in Stroud. This is an innovative and much-needed activity to address historic gender imbalances in the telling of who we are and what matters to us.

Find out more about Baby Makers: Making History here.

The Baby Makers collective Bunting telling stories of pregnancy, birth and reproductive care at the Museum in the Park, Stroud.

About the Baby Makers

Focusing on the positive effect that making and crafting has on mental health and wellbeing, the sessions create an intimate space where birthing women and those who support them, can come together to make something and form a mutually supportive community. 

This combats isolation and loneliness that is often experienced by vulnerable mothers. It also provides midwives with time for their own wellbeing. 

Parental mental health issues around the time of childbirth are known to have continuing impacts on children into adulthood, which has implications for everyone. 

Pregnancy and the post partum are times of increased vulnerability for the onset or relapse of a mental illness (Smith et al., 2011). Depression and anxiety are the most common psychiatric disorders during pregnancy and the post partum (Alipour et al., 2012) and the symptoms can range from mild to severe.”

It has been an absolute pleasure taking part in such a lovely group on my maternity leave… I have learnt a new skill from scratch (crochet) with the support of a very patient teacher. I am thrilled to have learnt something new which I can carry forward with me for years to come. I’m finding crocheting in the evening after taking care of a baby and a toddler l day very relaxing!

Anon, Participant in 2022

Participants in the Baby Makers

I really enjoyed scheduling some time to try to be creative with my new baby. It was wonderful to be around other new mums and to share thoughts and feelings. I’m naturally introverted so struggle to start conversation with people I don’t know, but being in the group made me feel more comfortable as we were all in the same boat.

Anon, Participant in 2022

Pilot 2019

The project was piloted in the Stonehouse area in Gloucestershire.

The pilot was possible thanks to funding by the Midcounties Cooperative Fund. Our report is now available (PDF) and we are open to partners as we continue this project. We are very grateful to midwives in the Stroud District for supporting and participating in the sessions.

Email  if you would like to work with us.

Baby Makers Report