Readers have been sharing messages of encouragement after two midwives announced a new group aimed at supporting new mums to stay connected with their community.

Feel Good Mama Meets Carlisle (CIC) aims to bring likeminded mums together over coffee and brunch and provide them with friendship and support throughout their motherhood journey.

The idea was thought up by Becky Carruthers and Jessica Allason, who met whilst working as midwives with North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Becky and Jessica both became parents during the summer of 2020 and struggled with the isolation and lack of activities available due to the pandemic.

Becky is Mum to 11-month-old Nova and Jessica is mum to one-year-old Tom.

After some research with other new mums in Carlisle, the pair realised there was a gap in provision and set about creating Feel Good Mama Meets Carlisle, focusing on the needs of the Mums and providing social contact away from the baby groups and activities.

Feel Good Mama Meets also aims to support independent businesses in the Carlisle area.

Here's what you, the readers had to say.

Jan Carruthers said: "Keep going girls!"

Pauline Brown: "Well done Becky and Jess."

Helen Brown echoed these words of encouragement, saying: "Well done Becky."

After four events since April 2020, Jess and Becky are excited to offer their first meet up for pregnant mums at the Old Bank eatery on 24th August.

There will also be a special event at Hidden River Cabins scheduled for September 13.

Anyone interested in joining Feel Good Mama Meets can access more information via the group's Facebook or Instagram pages (@feelgoodmamameets), or contact Becky and Jessica via or