North East mums baring all for charity calendar to support their babies

A GROUP of young women are baring all for a charity calendar.

Samantha Townsend, Antonia Sumner and Lizzie Earl pose for the calendar
Samantha Townsend, Antonia Sumner and Lizzie Earl pose for the calendar

A GROUP of young women are baring all for a charity calendar.

But there won’t be any saucy nudity on display in the Babywearing Calendar ... all those featured are new mothers posing with their babies to spread the word while raising funds for two causes.

The mothers from all over the North East are members of the Facebook group Slings and Things North of Tyne, who all use slings to carry their babies and are firm believers of using skin-to-skin contact as a way to form a strong bond as well as nursing their young ones when they are unwell.

To promote slings and skin-to-skin they decided to pose for a calendar.

So, earlier this week, the friends gathered at Dissington Hall in Ponteland to pose for a series of nude pictures while holding their babies in slings, strategically placing the material from their slings to cover their modesty and create some very artistic shots.

The results will form the Babywearing Calendar 2014, which the mothers hope will also raise lots of money for the Newcastle-based Tiny Lives Fund and Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity.

Lizzie Earle, 27, the calendar organiser, said: “It began when one of the mums, Antonia Sumner, posted a photo of herself in a sling doing some skin-to-skin with her poorly son.

“Recently there’s been lots of talk about skin-to-skin.

“Mums basically strip off, strip down the baby, and then hold them close to their chest and it’s been proven to help regulate babies’ body temperatures, and it also helps combat post-natal depression. Lots of TV doctors advocate it.

“Antonia put up the picture and it looked lovely so I suggested we all pose for photos and make a calendar.

“It’s a way of spreading a message about using slings and skin-to-skin to bond with our babies.

“I didn’t have any problems getting people together for it either.

“We met at the hall and started getting our clothes off, and at first we were desperately trying to keep ourselves covered up, but by the end we were all walking around practically naked, quite comfortable with it all!”

The personal banker for Barclays, from Newcastle, posed with her six-month-old son Robbie Newby for one of the 12 months needed.

Not all photos were taken yesterday however, as the warmer months’ photos will be posed later next year.

To pre-order a calendar, costing £10, visit www.babywearingcalendar.webs. com


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