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Paulton mothers go nude for charity calendar
Mother posing for calender
Twelve mothers who have used the birthing centre posed for the calendar

Twelve mums from Radstock are baring all for a nude charity calendar to raise money for Paulton Birthing Centre.

The volunteer models are supporting the centre in recognition of the vital services its midwives provide.

Staff shortages caused the centre to be closed for three months this summer.

The calendar was the idea of Kez Stephens who wanted to do something to help the centre after they helped her with the birth of her daughter.

To show her thanks she rallied her "mum friends" together to act as models.

"Most were only too happy to help as they had had their children at Paulton," she said.

"The midwives were fantastic and did everything they could to look after me and Ruby (her daughter).

"I ended up transferring to Bath RUH for the actual birth, but returned to Paulton as soon as I could."

'Feeling good'

Ms Stephens' fiancée Matt Burt took the photographs for the black and white nude calendar and CFH Total Document Management agreed to sponsor the calendar and print it free of charge.

"We've been given a huge amount of help from friends, family and local businesses which shows just how much people value the maternity services provided at Paulton."

Local companies supporting the project include Wick Farm of Farleigh Hungerford, which was the location for the photographs, and Muffins Bakery of Midsomer Norton, where copies of the calendar are available to buy.

Daisy Bees of Westfield, project coordinator and model for June, said the calendar was also about celebrating being a mother.

"This calendar is about 12 mums of various ages throwing their clothes off and feeling good about themselves."

Copies of the calendar, priced at £10, are available from Muffins Bakery, Midsomer Norton or online from Ebay, search for 'Paulton Birthing Centre'.




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