Local Resources and Activities During and After Pregnancy  

National Childbirth Trust

The Nationwide centre for courses and advice with pregnancy, child birth and with little ones. Also organises regional sales of little ones' second hand clothes, books and other baby-related things. www.nct.org.uk

Active Birth Workshops

We explore important aspects of labour and birth including a variety of positions, movement and breathing that are often overlooked in hospital and other antenatal classes 07841657141 melanievalecha@gmail.com#

Baby Harmony Doula Services

Doula service based in Caversham run by Michele Walker 07713 772005

Baby Scan Studio

Ultrasound imaging for pregnancy and gynaecology in Marlow www.thebabyscanstudio.co.uk

Birthzang Active Birth & Pregnancy Yoga

Wondering how to cope with labour and birth? Want to approach your birth with confidence? Birthzang prepares mums and dads by helping you understand the body and how to enhance labour, teaching a wide range of coping techniques, showing your birth partner how to be amazing, and giving you the tools for a positive birth. Free tasters, a range of Active Birth Workshops to suit all needs, weekly pregnancy yoga with active birth. Bex & Ben said "We have come away feeling really excited about our forthcoming labour and birth after this fantastic workshop. 0793 175 6461 eleanor@birthzang.co.uk www.birthzang.co.uk

Bump & Beyond - Pre & Postnatal Fitness

Bump and Beyond offers specialised Pre-natal and Postnatal fitness classes to all pregnant women and new mums at indoor venues in Charvil, Henley-On-Thames, Woodley & Wokingham. These fun and friendly classes are an excellent way of keeping fit and healthy throughout your pregnancy and after your baby has arrived and a great way of meeting other mums. Plus baby can come too for the Postnatal classes! 1-to-1, weight management & nutritional advice plus training for events e.g.running, also available. Polly Simpkins on 07936 578810 pollu@bumpandbeyond.org.uk www.bumpandbeyond.org.uk

Calm Births

Hannah runs antenatal hypnobirthing and post-natal yoga 07852 954 122 www.calmbirths.co.uk

Celtic Touch

Linda Cook, based in Woodley, is an holistic therapist specialising in ante and postnatal pregnancy massage along with maternity reflexology for fertility, pregnancy and postnatal care. Now also available as a birth companion. Also baby massage and baby reflexology sessions on a one to one basis in the Woodley area 0118 969 7461 www.celtictouch.co.uk

Children's Centres - Henley, Marlow, Sonning Common, Twyford and their off-shoots

NB: These services are due to end shortly, as the government funding has ceased. A range of resources and advice such as free first aid courses, baby massage classes, parenting courses, smoking cessation, speech therapy and breast-feeding advice, to mention but a few. Meet other parents! See our children's centre pages, under 0-5yrs for fully updated timetables.

CK's Holistic Therapies

Former Berkshire Midwifery Centre worker specialising in holistic therapies for women during the pre-conception, pregnancy, labour and postnatal periods 07753 555181 www.cksmaternitytherapies.co.uk

Confident Birthing

Karen and Lisa of Confident Birthing aim to provide women and their birth partners with the opportunity to prepare well for birth. Their support services include Lamaze Antenatal Classes, Mum & Baby Coffee Mornings and Lamaze Doula Support both during and after birth www.confidentbirthing.co.uk

Future Babies

A private ultrasound scanning studio in Reading offering 2D dating scans from 8 weeks, 2D sexing scans from 18 weeks and 4D bonding scans from 20 weeks which produce a 3D image of your baby who you can see moving in real time www.future-babies.co.uk


Rebecca offers a mobile service with various massage therapies including a full body pregnancy massage. Also pre/postnatal yoga classes in Henley & Marlow www.getcalmer.com

Independent Midwives

IMUK - The home of independent midwives in the UK. Dedicated and passionate about providing excellence in maternity care. Champions of midwifery autonomy. A little army of unique and emotionally intelligent women who are experts in normal birth. www.imuk.org.uk

Health Visitors

Please do contact your health visitor with any request that you have. That is what they are there for.

Helen Attwooll, Acupuncturist

LicAc, BSc (Hons), MBAcC. Traditional Chinese Medicine and Five Elements Acupuncturist. Depression and Anxiety, Stress. Obstetrics: morning sickness, pelvic girdle pain, malposition of foetus, birth preparation, induction. Gynaecological Conditions: PMT, dysmenorrhea, menopausal symptoms, infertility, PCOS. Paediatric Acupuncture: allergies, anxiety, bedwetting, insomnia, chronic recurrent ear infections, digestive disorders, chronic coughs, re-current colds and infections. www.helenattwooll.com 0777 586 6025

Lamaze Active Birth

Juliette Ward runs Lamaze Active Birth one on one antenatal courses in Reading which aim to help women and their birth partners feel really well prepared for labour and birth, however their labour unfolds and wherever they plan to give birth (at home, hospital or anywhere else) 0118 966 2156/ 07752 652 616 www.lamazeactivebirth.com

NHS Midwives

Please contact your local midwifery team for any help and advice that you may need. They are there to help.

Reading Homebirth Support Group

Hold regular monthly meetings in Woodley. They provide a support network for people living in the Reading area that have had, or are considering, a homebirth www.readinghomebirth.org.uk

Second Nurture Stress Free Mamas

Doula service near Henley run by Callie covering Berks/Oxon/North Hants/West Surrey 07765 773008/ 0118 946 2142 www.secondnurture.co.uk

Stress Free Mamas

Conception, pregnancy and mothers relaxation and natal hypnotherapy Birth Preparation Classes www.stressfreemamas.co.uk

Sunrise Hypnotherapy

Fiona Grant teaches self-hypnosis in Caversham to help expectant mothers with pain relief and relaxation during labour 05601 739 109/07810 716050 www.sunrisehypnotherapy.co.uk

The Daisy Foundation

New to Berkshire, weekly FEDANT compliant antenatal classes held in Reading and Tilehurst, which incorporate active birth, pregnancy yoga, breathing, relaxation and self-hypnosis 0845 465 0925 thedaisyfoundation.com/daisy-birthing-active-antenatal-classes/

Turtle Tots

Specialist baby and toddler swimming classes and aqua-natal yoga classes. Running weekly at lovely warm pools in and around Reading. Come out of your shell and learn to swim the Turtle Tots way! suzi.trafford@turtletots.com www.turtletots.com

Yoga in Pregnancy

Classes in Lower Earley suitable for women in 2nd trimester onwards and for complete novices and offering a wide range of benefits 07979 982 839 www.yoga-centre.com