Antenatal resources: Medway, Kent and South East London Doula
Resources for antenatal education and pregnancy support that I’ve collected from places that I trust. Some of the resources are local to Rochester, Maidstone, Medway, Kent and South East London, some of them are accessible online. All different resources for different families and pregnancies; hypnobirthing, cesarean birth, normal birth, water birth, information about Doula UK and lots more.
A must watch film about sex, birth and how it has become a medical process…
Doula UK is the leading organisation for doulas in the UK, with a network of member doulas nearing 700 in number. Doula UK was founded in 2001 as a not-for-profit organisation.
Find out if a doula is right for you and how to get one.
Find out about their Access Fund enabling very low income families to have a doula.
Pregnancy yoga and hypnobirthing training with practical education, providing a wonderful time for you to bond with your baby before they arrive. You can learn about the physiology of birth, the hormones that drive birth in a positive environment that supports any way that you want to give birth.
A directory and service looking to connect Mums and Mum-to-be looking to connect with other Mums.
“Are you looking to become part of a friendly, welcoming and supportive community of Mums and Mums-to-be?
Do you feel OVERWHELMED by the amount of conflicting information out there for parents? Are you looking for somewhere which provides unbiased, ethical and evidence based resources on fertility, pregnancy, birth and parenting?”
Introduction and all rounded education for new and experienced people interested in hypnobirthing. Go alone or with your birth partner for an even better experience. Private and group hypnobirthing classes cover East Kent, Faversham, Whitstable, Herne Bay, Canterbury, Sittingbourne, Thanet, Margate, Ramsgate, Deal, Dover, Rainham, Folkestone, Maidstone, Medway, Rochester, Chatham and many others.
The Postive Birth Movement, founded by Milli Hill are a global network of free to attend antenatal groups, linked up by social media. They connect pregnant women together to share stories, expertise and positivity about childbirth. They aim to challenge the epidemic of negativity and fear that surrounds modern birth, and help change birth for the better. Join them as we meet up, link up and shake up birth.
There are around 250 groups in the UK
Darent Valley run a wide selection of affordable (comparable to private, e.g. £50 for 6 hour long sessions) classes. They are held by experienced midwives, hypnobirthing practitioners, psychologists and are an excellent way to get a good grounding in your childbirth education.
Your Birth, Your Way does not focus on one specific method or philosophy of childbirth and parenting . It is a complete programme designed to inspire you to connect with what is personally important, educate you so that you are able to identify what choices to make andsupport you in creating positive experiences.
You are going to be a Dad, are you ready for it?
Discover how you can be fully prepared for all the demands and challenges during her pregnancy and how to be at your best during the birth
Mark Harris is providing this course for free with a voucher code that can be found on his social media at time of writing (September 2018)
well written and evidence based articles and conversations.
volunteer network made up of women around the UK who have suffered hyperemesis gravidarum, or have severe pregnancy sickness themselves
Pregnancy and parenthood for people with cerebral palsy or physical impairments
The PANDAS Foundation is here to help support and advise any parent who is experiencing a perinatal mental illness. We are also here to inform and guide family members, carers, friends and employers as to how they can support someone who is suffering.
Are you a working mother-to-be or new parent? This information sheet gives you an outline of your rights and benefits during pregnancy and maternity leave and tells you where you can get more detailed information.
Quote from the very helpful blog post:
“I am a doula and birth educator.
I also have a PhD in physiology of reproduction, and 20 years of research experience and I have a confession to make: I get REALLY irate when women get given poor quality evidence (or no evidence at all) in support of a recommendation for inducing labour.”
information and support for sufferers and perpetrators of domestic abuse. Pregnancy can be a difficult time and can exacerbate any problems. This programme has been found to be successful and helpful.