Teddy Bears gather for Birth Centre birthday

Organisers of the Teddy Bears Picnic (l-r) Emily Stokes (holding daughter Yemaya), Cassandra Kindred, Heidi Jones and Libby Sheach with children Kosta, Maeve, Eden and Sophie.

Dress your favourite teddy bear in its Sunday best on November 5 and get along to the Natural Birth Education & Research Centres (NBERC) first Teddy Bears Picnic in celebration of their second birthday.

Margaret Spain, the visionary behind NBERC, said the day was a way to say thank you to the many people who have helped to ensure the success of this vitally important, not-for-profit charity. The NBERC offers women safe childbirth care and post-natal accommodation, complimentary pregnancy care, childbirth classes and birth support training. It is the only midwifery service of its kind in Australia.

Our goal now is to ensure all families in our region are aware that the centre is here for them, said Margaret. The Teddy Bears Picnic is a great opportunity for everyone to come and take a look at what we do.

The day is a fundraiser for the centre and entry is $10 per family. There will also be a huge garage sale and sausage sizzle on the day, and local artist and author Chrissy Butler will launch her new childrens book My Brother Jimi Jazz.

Families are invited to bring along their own rug and picnic food or you can purchase refreshments on the day. There will be games, music and face painting for the children and a best dressed bear competition, with the grand prize appropriately being an enormous teddy bear.

The garage sale and sausage sizzle will commence at 9am this Sunday, November 5, while the Teddy Bears Picnic will kick off in the beautiful gardens at 11am. The NBERC is located at 273 Lindendale Road, Wollongbar. For more information phone Margaret Spain on 6629 5312 or visit

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