Below are a range of people and organisations which I hope you may find useful. There are lots that are just relevant to pre and post natal period, but plenty are relevant even if you are not pregnant or postnatal!
They are selected because they have been directly recomended to me by a number of people and have had excellent feedback.
Please let me know if you would like something added to the list, or if something is inaccurate.
Pregnancy and conception accupuncture specialist
Melanie practices traditional chinese acupuncture. In addition to her work with other clients, Melanie works with pregnancy and fertility, postnatal care and also accupressure for labour.
The Nest Project
The Nest Project provides good quality new and second-hand children's clothes and equipment (age 0-5) completely free of charge. This service is available to anyone in B&NES who needs it regardless of income, faith or background.
Fridays 10-2pm. The Nest Project Hub, Unit 9 Brassmill Enterprise Centre, Brassmill Lane Bath BA1 3JN. Drop in, no appointments or referrals are necessary.
Baby Cafe (NCT) - Larkhall
Tuesdays 1:30-3:30pm, New Oriel Hall, Larkhall
Exchange experiences and advice with other new parents, swap tips and have fun with your little one/s. Run by parents for parents. Refreshments available. Donations £2.50 appreciated.
Jo Webb 01225 874864 email@example.com
Baby Cafe (NCT) - Weston
Mondays 10-12 noon, Weston Parish Hall, Weston
Meet other parents and share tips and refreshments. Cafe is not-for-profit. £1 donation appreciated.
Peapods - Parent and baby group (from bumps to crawling)
A nurturing space for you and your baby to relax, explore and create. Meet other mums (or dads), drink tea, eat cake and be guided in creating a beautiful textuile or craft project to take home. Runs in three-week blocks during term time, with a different project to complete in each block.
Email Kate for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Led by a physiotherapist for maintaining muscle strenth and flexibility in warm water. These are lovely classes and there is usually a waiting list so get on early and call every few weeks to check where you are. This seems the most successful way to ensure you get a place.
Classes are 12-12:45 every Thursday from approximately 25 weeks - birth
Call 01225 824293 (Physiotherapy Dept of the RUH)
Bowen Therapy is recognised as an effective treatment for many ailments and conditions, especially during pregnancy and postnatally, treating lower back, pelvic pain and sciatic type pain. The very gentle approach of Bowen Therapy makes it ideal for treating newborn babies.
The Bowen Technique is highly effective therapy for pain relief, injury treatment rehabiitation and general maintenance for people from all walks of life. It is an ideal therapy for pregnant women for pain relief (such as back and hip pain, sciatica, pelvic pain and more) coping with the rapid changes the body makes during pregnancy and helping the body prepare itself for birth. Regular Bowen seems to lead to more contented babies. The gentle, holistic nature of Bowen is perfect for both mothers pre- and post-natally, as well as for newborn children. And dads too!
National Breastfeeding Helpline
Independent, confidential, mother-centred, non-judgmental breastfeeding support and information. Open 9:30am-9:30pm every single day of the year. There is also a web chat service.
Call 0300 1000212 or visit site www.nationalbreastfeedinghelpline.org.uk
La Leche League (LLL)
LLL has great online support and information. They also have local volunteer advisors that you can call up who will give advice on the phone and also do home visits.
To find out what is happening locally in Bath, you can email them at email@example.com
or visit the Bath LLL
National website: www.laleche.org.uk
Bath website: www.lllbath.co.uk
Lactation Consultants of Great Britain
The professional voice of breastfeeding since 1994, you can search their database for local lactation consultants.
National Childbirth Trust (NCT)
The NCT has lots of useful info on its website. There is also a Baby Cafe and breastfeeding support group that meet weekly that I'd highly recomend. You don't need to be a member to use their resources. You can find this information on their website
Like LLL, they also have excellent volunteer breastfeeding counsellors
Catherine Henaghan 01225 318365
Heather Kale 01225 424471
Jo Webb 01225 874864
An extremely experienced McTimoney chiropractic and craniosacral therapist working in Frome and Bath. Very gentle bodywork, helpful in pregnancy and for babies.
Charlotte offers support and guidance for you (and if you have one, your partner) before, during and after labour. She was a nurse and midwife for many years and is also a qualified hypnobirthing practitioner, a breast feeding peer support worker and helps run the Larkhall baby cafe. She offers bespoke photography services and has 100% positive feedback from all her clients!
Cherishing Birth Natal Hypnotherapy - Noreen Hart
Priavte or group one day courses using Maggie Howell's award winning Effective Birth Preparation CD and taught by Noreen Hart, who has been an NCT teacher in Bath for the last 25 years as well as a doula and birth supporter for over 20 years.
bumpsnbabies Hypnobirthing - Taught by midwives
A popular antenatal education programme used for over 20 years, that prepares your body and mind for a calm and enjoyable birth experience. Taught by practising midwives who have lots of first hand experience of caring for women in labour. Hypnobirthing is suitable for all types of births whether you are planning to have your baby in hospital, birth centre or at home. The skills you learn can be applied to all brithing environments.
Hypnotherapist and Counsellor - Maritza Becker
Everything you need to birth naturally lies within you and Maritza teaches you how to access those skills. The course focuses on deep relaxation, breathing and visualisation techniques to help you achieve a more relaxed, comfortable and fulfilling natural birth experience. Relaxing your mind allows your body to birth the way nature intended. Maritza runs her sessions around the clients beliefs and what they feel comfortable with.
Hypnobirthing in Bath - Kat Dawe Schmeisser
HypnoBirthing® - The Mongan Methodis the breakthrough and natural approach to safe, easy, comfortable birthing. An antenatal childbirth education programme that offers a remarkably simple, relaxed and natural approach to birth. The HypnoBirthing in Bath course teaches you deep relaxation and self-hypnosis techniques to prepare for birth; and providestechniques for mum-to-be and her birth companion to ensure the birth of your baby is a joyous experience.
Hypnobirthing Courses - Emma Farrell
Learn the techniques proven to help ensure a confident labour and natural delivery. Hypnobirthing is a powerful ante-natal practice that uses techniques of self-hypnosis, deep relaxation, breathing, massage and education. It dispels the myths about labour and birth, empowers parents-to-be to make the choices that are right for them, and helps break the fear-tension-pain cycle which can promote shorter, less painful (sometimes pain-free) births with less intervention.
Reassuring and practical three-hour courses covering emergency resuscitation, choking, burns and scalds, head injuries, drowning, poisening, meningitis, febrile convulsions and childhood illnesses.
Courses hosted in Bath and facilitated by NCT Antenatal Teacher and Postnatal Supporter with Paediatric First Aid Certification.
For further information, contact Katy Hancock 07970 036979 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Christian is a qualified Solution Focused Hypnotherapist and specialies in treating anxiety and depression. Post-natal depression is a debilitating condition that can be treated very effectively.
Lindsay Renwick - Holistic Hut
A complementary therapist including pre and postnatal massage, reflexology and baby massage.
Sushi Mahto - Massage, Pregnancy and Postnatal Massage, Shiatsu and Tarot Card Readings
Available for treatments on Saturdays in Bath and druing the week in Swindon area. Well-qualified and experienced practitioner.
Heidi Armstrong - Reflexology, Shiatsu, Therapeutic Massage and Aromatherapy
Heidi incorportaes Traditional Chinese Medical theory in all her treatments, including 5 Elements and specialises in working with pregnant women.
Polly Field at The Bath Massage Company
Swedish massage, deep tissue massage. Also specialist massage treatments for pregnancy covering all trimesters, including Lymphatic Drainage and Acupuncture work. 6 week Baby Massage courses.
Lizzie Longhurst at Top To Toe Treatments Bath
Lizzie is a holistic massage therapist specialising in pre-conception, antenatal and baby massage classes and 1-1 sessions. She offers treatments that incorporate holistic massage, aromatherapy, Indian Head massage, facials, reflexology and hot stone massage. She has trained with Well Mother and done specialised training in Fertility and Maternity Reflexology. Treatments can be booked at Neal's Yard Bath, The Practice Rooms Bath or mobile treatments.
AIMS (Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services)
At the forefront of the childbirth movement for more that 50 years, AIMS works for better births for all women. It provides independent support and information about maternity choices.
Are you feeling blue?
Post Natal Depression is sadly very common but please don't suffer in silence. There are many resources to help you. There is a free group in Bath run by a lovely woman called Domini Barry (highly recomended to me by a previous postnatal yoga student). In these small groups, they talk together (with babies) in a trusting, supportive environment. If becoming a mother feels like a struggle at times, and some days it's not all you'd hoped, then joining this group could help. For mums with children age 0-7 months.
Call Domini on 01225 471438 or email email@example.com
The NHS offer 1-2-1 support for post natal depression (PND), which anyone can self refer to, you just need to call and book an appointment - 01225 675150 (this is the number of Lift Psychology, which is based in Paulton Hospital.
Try the mind.org website for more info on PND
The Cord Blood Centre
This is a relatively new organisation dedicated to promoting the benefits of cord blood banking, and they provide up-to-date information and free resources for expecting parents. There have been over 35,000 cord blood transplants thanks to donors worldwide.
There is also a sister site developed as a result of the large number of requests to create a guide for parents to be able to reference and walk them through the donating/banking process. It offers a free downloadable guide as well as user friendly content relating to cord blood and how cord blood banking works.
Caroline Josling (MAR, MIFPA, ALLT, BCMA) at Harvest Moon Practice - Bath
Caroline is a trained, reflexologist, aromatherapist and advanced massage therapist and also offers Facial Energy Release treatments. She specialises in maternity treatments often combining reflexology with aromatherapy massage. She is also qualified in Reiki I and II and Cranio-Sacral Therapy.
07973 732842 www.carolinejosling.com
Laura Speller at Blue Birch Reflexology
Laura specialises in maternity and fertility issues and loves to support women at any stage in their pregnancy
07974 146685 www.bluebirchreflexology.com
The website for the British Wheel of Yoga, SouthWest Region