They say it takes a village to raise a child,

but who nurtures the new parents?

Welcome to It Takes A Village, Crystal Palace

We are an inclusive perinatal peer support community here to help nurture your mental wellbeing, and support you and your family from pregnancy to parenthood.

Run by local mums and supported by expert practitioners, we provide antenatal education, restorative meet-ups, stay & play sessions, and workshops in and around Crystal Palace, South East London.

Join Us


Friendly, informal weekly hang outs with local mums and their babies in Crystal Palace Park during Summer. Bring a picnic rug, connect, relax and breathe. During the colder months, our meet ups move into a cosier setting indoors in Anerley. Attendees can also opt to join our WhatsApp community, keeping in touch with new found play-date buddies or accessing a nurturing network of support.


Our sessions are led by local mum, ITAV Founder and Mindful Breastfeeding Practitioner/Peer Supporter Emily Harper, and supported by our resident International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Breastfeeding Counsellor, Eleanor Campbell. Come share your feeding highs and lows, build confidence breast/chest/bottle feeding whilst out and about, and get signposted to further help or evidence based information.


Parenting got you down? Feeling anxious, overwhelmed, isolated or downright knackered? Join us for some breathwork, mindfulness and the sharing of resources, to inspire, engage and restore you.

“Truly don’t know what I would have done without ITAV! A safe, gentle, warm, welcoming environment with lots of practical and pragmatic advice. In a time when parents are so under-supported by government, and society in general, a resource like this has literally been a lifeline. So grateful to have found it; so quick to recommend it.” – Maisie

“An amazing group providing much needed space, support and friendship for new mums. I felt so welcome from the beginning … can’t thank you enough.” – Emily

“I didn’t realise how much I needed this group until I got home from my first session. Such an incredibly supportive environment and group for both listening and being listened to. Thank you ITAV.” – Amy

“The most welcoming environment you could imagine for a new parent, and it provides quick and easy access to advice, support, and friendship.” – Hannah

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It Takes A Village, Crystal Palace CIC