We are a major resource for waterbirth information and birthpool hire in Suffolk and East Anglia and waterbirth information and birthpool hire in Lancashire and the northwest.
We are continuously building up our reciprocal links with other useful sites (and email addresses) to help women network and keep themselves well-informed regarding the use of water in childbirth
Do contact us if you would like to set up a link with our website or have some useful suggestions for links and resources. Thank you.
Provides information about home birth, for parents who think that it might be the right choice for them, and for health professionals looking for facts and ideas.
MIDIRS (Midwives Information and Resource Service) www.midirs.org is an educational charity set up in 1985, providing information and practical resources to maternity healthcare professionals.
www.birthinternational.com - Source of educational materials
A useful and informative uk family directory for parents
A useful resource for sourcing baby supplies
Anna offers, amongst other things, Baby Massage and Baby Yoga in south Liverpool
Find out more about hypnobirthing in Lancashire on Norma's site
Find out more about hypnobirthing in the Wirrall on Susy O'Hare's site (Tel: 0151 201 6232 or 07769 583889)
'Midwifery Guidelines for the use of Water in Labour' by Ethel Burns and Sheila Kitzinger
Ethel Burns and Sheila Kitzinger have produced a new 2nd edition of the evidence-based set of practical guidelines for midwives on using water in labour and birth @ £6.50. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information and how to order your copy - or download an order form from Sheila Kitzinger's website.
Find an independent midwife in your area:
Manchester Midwifery Practice
offers Independent Midwifery care - contact Judith Kurutac on 0161 434 4563
Pennine Independent Midwifery Services
Based in Glossop, Helen Dresner Barnes offers one-to-one care in Manchester, Stockport, Cheshire and the Isle of Man
Liverpool Independent Midwives
contact Vicky Feeney
Chris Warren and colleagues offer a personalised midwifery service.
Supervisors of Midwives
How to find your local Supervisor of Midwives in the northwest:
Email: email@example.com to find out the name of a local Supervisor of Midwives, or write to: NorthWest LSA, Tenterfield, Brigsteer Road, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 5EA Tel: 01539 797815
Doulas & Birth Preparation & Parenting Classes :
Lucy Coleman is a Doula based in the Stoke-on-Trent area. She also sells baby slings and organic baby toiletries
'Doula by Nature'
Jude Robinson is a Doula based in Leigh covering the Lancashire and Greater Manchester region.
Abi Yaffe is a Doula based in the Southport area and can support births in Ormskirk Hospital and homebirths in the surrounding areas.
Norwich Birth Group
are a collective of doulas serving the Norwich and Norfolk area offering antenatal groups, birth support, and a baby garden for mums & babies, with peer breastfeeding support. They specialise in support for natural birth and home birth. (For your information, Blue Lagoon has a base in Rendlesham in Suffolk near Woodbridge - not too far from the Norwich area)
Homebirth support groups
helping women and babies in East Suffolk to have better birth experiences.
supporting a campaign to open a community-based birth and maternity centre in Saxmundham
supports the local midwives
Greater Manchester Home Birth Support Group:
Supporting parents in Stockport, Manchester and Cheshire. Very supportive and informal monthly meetings, or contact them by email or phone.
Tel 0845 330 6339
Leigh, Atherton and Tyldesley Home Birth Group meets the first Tuesday of every month at St.Joseph's Hall in Leigh
Contact Jude Robinson (see Doula above) Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
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