Resources Online and in Medway, Kent and South East London
Click the title above to go through to Resources for pregnancy, birth and parenting both online and face to face local to Kent and Southeast London. For more information on the areas covered please see Towns & Hospitals I Cover. In the Resources section you can find information on; normal infant sleep, colic, breastfeeding, formula feeding, demand feeding, building newborn routines, SPD, postnatal depression, postnatal anxiety, hyperemesis gravidarum, premature labour, pain relief in labour, water birth, home birth, hospital birth, baby wearing, vaccinations, hypnobirthing, newborn activities, fourth trimester, your rights in childbirth, free antenatal program - online and in person, attachment parenting, co-sleeping, bed sharing, mental health support and more.
Antenatal, Breastfeeding, Birth and Newborn Resources online and local to: Kent and London
You can take a look at all of the links below during pregnancy, or pick and choose those that suit you. They will be here if you feel you need them.
I have split resources that support you antenatally and those which deal only with birth, even though there could be complete cross over
They are a group of trained volunteers dedicated to supporting breastfeeding mums and their families. They’ve been supporting mums and nurturing families for almost 40 years.
Many of their breastfeeding counsellors are mums who’ve benefited from ABM support and now want to share their knowledge and experience.
Drugs In Breastmilk – Is It Safe?
An increasing number of mothers and health professionals have sought to find more information on the levels of medicines passing through milk to the baby. Standard reference books such as the British National Formulary (BNF) provide little information for professionals and parents to make decisions on individual situations. BfN endeavours to provide information to enable mothers to breastfeed their babies for as long as they wish and to provide information on the safety of medicines for each mother and baby pair.
very supportive, providing sensible information on social media and online. Motivating and helpful
“An animation created from the work of illustrator and comic artist Heather Cushman-Dowdee. Imagine a land where suddenly the way that generations have always fed their babies is suddenly thought of as weird and offensive. Though this could be right here in our country, the place I'm talking about is the land of the Zoops. “
UK doula, doula course leader and breastfeeding counsellor.
This is my library of resources all about pregnancy, childbirth and infant feeding.
An excellent source of evidence based information to see if home birth might be right for you. Covering risk, support from midwives, water births, what you might need to plan a home birth, the benefits, birth stories and lots of evidenced based research. If you like that sort of thing, it is brilliant.
Which? have a flow chart where you can fill in your preferences and it will help guide you towards the options that might suit you best. There are also reviews of maternity units: hospitals, birth centers, specialist labour wards etc.
Birthrights is the UK’s only organisation dedicated to improving women’s experience of pregnancy and childbirth by promoting respect for human rights. They believe that all women are entitled to respectful maternity care that protects their fundamental rights to dignity, autonomy, privacy and equality.
Find out your rights.
Listening to a good birth story is powerful. It’s a simple message - ‘I did it, so can you’ – and it inspires courage. They connect pregnant women with mothers who have good birth stories to share – and link by link, are building a big beautiful chain of birth confidence.
information about birth based on evidence and studies with the aim to educate as many people as possible about their options. They also aim to keep health professionals and doulas informed.
Support and information for planning a C-section birth, the organisation aims to:
– Challenge research and information provided to women about different birth plan risks
– Establish physical and psychological birth outcomes as formal indicators of quality care, instead of birth processes…
– Hold organisations to account (e.g. WHO’s 1985 recommended 15% cesarean rate threshold and 2015 CDMR position, and the RCOG’s 2012 recommended 20% caesarean rate)
• Campaigning for better births for all
• Protecting human rights in childbirth
• Independent information about pregnancy and birth
• Raising awareness of research
Dr Emma Svanberg, a Clinical Psychologist
...since 2009 and Hypnobirthing practitioner since 2010. I’ve worked in a number of different mental health settings but specialise in the perinatal period – the time around pregnancy, birth and the first years of parenthood.
a video for a birth chair, but has really good examples of what birth looks like inside the body
A Zero Bullsh*t Guide To Supporting The One You Love
“This website presents research evidence about biologically normal sleep for human babies. We discuss how infant sleep may vary due to cultural behaviours and expectations such as what babies are fed, where they sleep, and how we interpret their needs. This information is for a) parents who wish to make informed choices about infant sleep and night-time care, b) health professionals who wish to share evidence-based information with parents about infant sleep. “
Being a parent or carer to a child or young person can often be difficult without emotional support and guidance there to help. Many parents feel confused by what information is available or struggle to access services close to home.
Our free National Parent Support Service tackles these issues in a new and innovative way by using a network of ‘virtual’ volunteers from across the country to support parents and carers through telephone calls, email and text message.
HOW I HEALED MY POSTNATAL DEPRESSION WITHOUT SLEEP TRAINING MY BABY
Guest post by Zelma Broadfoot
As a social worker and a mother, I’ve experienced mental health issues both personally and professionally. It has touched my life, gently from time to time, and then knocked me over like a tone of bricks after the birth of my first daughter, Cadence, in 2015.
Information on sleeping for newborns and families from January Harshe. Birth Without Fear began as a simple passion to let women know they have choices in childbirth. It then evolved to become an inspiration and support to women and their families through their trying to conceive, pregnancy, birth and post partum journeys.
sensible information on co-sleeping, why you might want to do it, and how to do it safely.
Usually free of charge or well subsidised events, classes and information for pregnant women, new families and babies. Wonderful services for new parents, lots of support for breastfeeding and chances to meet new, local friends with children the same age. Local to Kent they are usually the site of health visitor clinics to weigh babies too.
Information on how to get support for maternal mental health issues in pregnancy, and with a baby in Kent. If you are stuck and want to know how to get some support you can always call me.
“Our vision is that every baby born premature or sick in the UK has the best chance of survival and quality of life.”
Helpline, article and communicant of support for pre and post natal anxiety and depression.