Useful Links

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.

 

 

In Alphabetical Order...

ACCUPUNCTURE

Holly Woodward

Pregnancy and conception accupuncture specialist

www.hollywoodward.co.uk

 

Melanie Leeson

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.

www.melanieleesonacupuncture.co.uk

 

 

 

ACTIVITIES WITH BABIES / TODDLERS

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.

info@thenestproject.co.uk www.thenestproject.co.uk

 

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 hojibond@aol.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)

Thursdays 1:30-3pm

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: peapodsplayleader@gmail.com

www.hollyhockskindergarten.org.uk

 

 



AQUA NATAL CLASSES AT THE RUH

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

Christian Dunham

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. 

www.christiandunham.net

 

Neil Gibson

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!

www.ngbowen.com

 

 

BREASTFEEDING / LACTATION CONSULTANTS

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 lll.bath@laleche.org.uk
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.

www.lcgb.org

 

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

 

 

CHIROPRACTERS

Jo Hanstead

An extremely experienced McTimoney chiropractic and craniosacral therapist working in Frome and Bath. Very gentle bodywork, helpful in pregnancy and for babies.

www.johanstead.co.uk

 

 

CONTRACEPTION / NATURAL FERTILITY

Kate Davies (RN Bsc (Hons) runs a business supporting women along their fertility journey. Kate consults and advises women on achieving pregnancy naturally but she also offers a service to couples wishing to learn how to use natural contraception. Kate is also a qualified Fertility Coach and supports women to gain a positive mindset as they navigate along their journey through fertility investigations, IVF and beyond.
For more info visit her website www.yourfertilityjourney.com or her facebook page or email kate@yourfertilityjourney.com

 

 

DOULAS

Charlotte Brown (Bath Doula)

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! 

 

www.bathdoula.com
charlotte@bathdoula.com
07722 619441
 

 

HYPNOBIRTHING and NATAL HYPNOTHERAPY

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.

www.cherishingbirth.co.uk

 

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.

www.bumpsnbabies.org

 

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.

www.beyondserenity.co.uk

 

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.

www.hypnobirthinginbath.co.uk

 

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. 

www.hypnobirthingcourses.com

 

 

BABY AND CHILD FIRST AID COURSES

Katy Hancock

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 katyhancockis@hotmail.co.uk

 

 

HYPNOTHERAPY

Christian Dunham

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.

www.christiandunham.net

 

 

MASSAGE

Lindsay Renwick - Holistic Hut

A complementary therapist including pre and postnatal massage, reflexology and baby massage.

Email lindsay@holistic-hut.co.uk

 

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.

www.sushilamahto.me

 

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.

www.heidiarmstrong.co.uk

 

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.

www.thebathmassagecompany.com

 

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.

www.toptotoetreatmentsbath.com

 

 

 

NORMAL BIRTH

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.

www.aims.org.uk

 

 

 

POST NATAL DEPRESSION

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 dominibarry@btopenworld.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

 

 

PRE-NATAL ISSUES

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.

www.cordbloodbanking.com

 

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. 

www.cordbloodguide.com

 

 

REFLEXOLOGY

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

 

 

YOGA

The website for the British Wheel of Yoga, SouthWest Region

www.bwysouthwest.org.uk

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