Pregnancy York

Birth Preparation Classes

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Bump to Birth classes

Bump to Birth classes with Katie at Riccall Grange, Mondays from 6.30-8pm.

A weekly pregnancy class to prepare for an empowered and calm birth experience. Each session includes:
*gentle movement to help prepare for an active birth
*meditation/mindfulness/affirmation/relaxation exercises to help keep you calm during birth
*focused discussion/creative activity time to assist with allaying fears, knowing your rights and preparing emotionally and mentally for the birth process
*gentle song time to connect with baby

All taking place in a beautifully tranquil, ambient studio setting with fairy lights, candles, aromatherapy, gentle music and lovely company.

Cuppa, homemade cake and welcome gifts included! £8 for a taster session. £60 for a block of 6 sessions.

I couldn’t recommend this class enough! 3 days after giving birth and I feel on top of the world!

‘I wish I had been to a class like this the first time.’

Contact Katie

T: 07909 445737

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Passionate about great parenting? Want to learn more about your little ones? But feeling just a little bit overwhelmed by all the so-called ‘baby experts’ out there telling you what to do? Don’t worry, you’re not alone – we’ve been there too.

So, if you’re looking for practical, well presented and evidence based research about your child’s brain development and what life looks like from their natural perspective, explained in a safe and non-judgemental environment, then CalmFamily is just for you.

Our unique range of BabyCalm™ and ToddlerCalm™ classes are aimed at parents who really want to understand their babies & toddlers better. So, get ready for an amazing journey, with Workshops & Courses, including; antenatal, fourth trimester, sleep, baby-led weaning, behaviour, building better brains, calming and nurturing.

We take the rigidity out of raising your little ones and put you firmly back in charge, as the real expert in your own child, giving you information, facts and invaluable tips & techniques, so you can approach sleep, eating and behaviour with complete confidence. Our flexible toolkit means you’ll always be ready to deal with whatever life throws at you and will help you create a calmer and happier family life.

We can’t wait to meet you!

I did sessions with Lauren, and found them so insightful. Honestly I wish I’d done them sooner. I learnt so much. And I feel like it’s really helped my relationship with my little girl. Everything was delivered professionally, but in a friendly way. Lauren has such a wonderful way of teaching about parenting that is human and warming, not condescending like others can be.

BG  Dec 2017

For more information, resources and to book a Workshop or Course, visit
T: 07894 551 275

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Caroline Bolton – Lactation Consultant

Caroline is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant who has been helping families in the York area for 15 years.

I offer one to one consultations in your own home with a reduced rate for follow ups.
I am a qualified Post Natal Doula and can offer ad hoc and regular help. I also offer a nursing bra fitting service.
I also offer antenatal breastfeeding sessions, early days sessions, sleep sessions, introducing solid food and returning to work sessions.

To discuss your requirements contact me for a chat

T: 07702 553650.


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For Modern Mothers – Hypnobirthing in York

Firstly, congratulations on your pregnancy. I’m Susan and I provide modern and mindful Hypnobirthing classes for a calm, confident and positive pregnancy and birth – however you birth your baby. My Hypnobirthing courses are a complete antenatal programme providing you with a whole toolbox of practical techniques and loads of information so that you can feel in control and be totally empowered throughout, and actually enjoy your labour and birth.

You will learn how to release any fears you have about birth, amazing relaxation techniques, simple yet effective breathing and visualisation practices, Mindfulness for pregnancy and parenthood. You will understand birth physiology – how the female body is designed to give birth, and how to create conditions conducive to calm, comfortable childbirth. I give you lots of information in an easy to understand way so that you can make your own choices, make informed decisions, and feel in control. All this combines to really connect you as a couple, so you become a real ‘birthing dream team’. It’s so valuable however you birth your baby, there are no judgements here and I support all types of birth.
I am also a pregnancy yoga teacher and a trained Doula so I include loads of unique and brilliant extras in my courses – just check out my website to find out more.

I run my hypnobirthing courses each month in a lovely setting in York. The classes are informative yet fun, and a great chance to meet other liked minded couples too. I also teach one to one private course at times to suit you, and hypnobirthing refresher courses too.

Do get in touch with any questions, I’d love to hear from you and it’s really important to know that the hypnobirthing and antenatal course you choose is the right one for you and your partner.
Susan x

Mention Mumbler for 10% discount

T: 07954 238 424

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Inner Wisdom Doula

The main focus in Hypnobirthing is learning how to relax and calm your mind and body for labour using hypnotherapy. We also cover birth anatomy and physiology so that you both understand what’s happening and what’s coming next. Then there’s some decision making tools to help in case you are offered any interventions. This is likely as we have a very medicalised maternity system, and so you’ll want to know how to find out when an intervention is really needed.

Hypnobirthing is really popular as it is a real game changer, helping you to feel confident and empowered and have a positive birth experience.

As part of the course you are provided with audios to listen to in the run up to and during the birth. One special feature of my work is Soulful Harp – as a therapeutic harpist and doula I have recorded a lovely harp backing track onto the hypnobirthing audios which are recorded using my own voice. This is proving popular with other hypnobirthing instructors around the world!

If you would like to book a place on one of my Hypnobirthing courses you can now do so online via my WEBSITE

Group Course Fee is £225
Private and VIP Hypnobirthing options are also available and can be combined with my Doula Packages for complete perinatal support.
You can opt to pay in full or just pay a £50 deposit to reserve your space. Mums-to-be are most welcome to attend on their own, with their husband/partner or other birth partner.

On Wednesdays at 7.30-10 pm. There is also a contingency week scheduled with each course, in case I have to reschedule due to being called to a birth.

The group classes take place at
14 Merchants Place, Merchantgate, York, YO1 9TU

T: 07887852633

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Positive Birth Movement York

Positive Birth Movement York welcomes anyone interested in birth as a positive experience to join us for this friendly FREE monthly meet up.
This is an uplifting, open-hearted space where you can freely talk and share your thoughts and feelings. All welcome – mothers and parents to be, new parents and experienced parents too. It’s a safe space to talk about ALL types of birth in a positive way. Babes in arms are welcome. Come for a cuppa and a biscuit along with friendly, interesting and useful conversation. Each month we have a different topic to discuss.

Find out more and the dates of the next meet ups on our FACEBOOK PAGE

The York group is co-ordinated by Michaela Scott a Doula, Medical Herbalist and pregnancy massage therapist and Susan Bradley a pregnancy yoga teacher, Hypnobirthing teacher and a doula.

For more information and any questions, please contact Susan – or Michaela –

About The Positive Birth Movement
Founded by the Positive Birth Book author Milli Hill, PBM is a global network of free to attend antenatal groups, linked up by social media. We connect pregnant women together to share stories, expertise and positivity about childbirth. We aim to challenge the epidemic of negativity and fear that surrounds modern birth, and help change birth for the better. Join us as we meet up, link up and shake up birth!

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Puddle ducks Aquanatal

PUDDLE DUCKS_FINAL LOGO AWAqua-natal classes are perfect for mums-to-be as they offer a holistic approach to mental and physical well-being.  Combining relaxation with cardio-vascular exercise, these classes provide the perfect physical preparation for labour in the soothing and cool comforts of water. Through the use of gentle exercises, we also introduce mums-to-be to movements in the water which can also be used with the baby after birth.  There is an opportunity to relax and understand how the body moves and reacts to water, in preparation for swimming with the new baby when he/she arrives.  We promise to pleasantly surprise mums-to-be with the immense benefits they will experience, as well as the fun they will have in the class.

11704935_398041727063726_5808066966061249262_nOur aquanatal classes are a fabulous activity for mums-to-be and offer the following benefits:

– Experience the perfect balance of relaxation, laughter and exercise – a wonderful way to unwind and stay healthy in pregnancy

– The classes take a holistic approach to mums’ physical and mental well-being, combining relaxation with cardiovascular exercises to help prepare the body for labour

– Our teachers pass antenatal swimming training that is accredited by the Royal College of Midwives Trust, our own extensive aquanatal training and STA Aquacise/Aquanatal and Antenatal Swimming

– Classes take place in the soothing, warm comforts of pools, providing one of the safest ways to exercise in pregnancy

– There’s a science behind it too! Exercise and relaxation release your body’s natural happy hormones, endorphins, which suppress pain and help you (and baby) feel calm – not only helpful in later pregnancy, but also really important during and after labour

– And once baby arrives, the familiar noise of the pool means they’ll be relaxed when you take them swimming too

– You can also use the exercise techniques to get gently back into shape!

It is all quite gentle, however, you get a great workout hence preparing your body for labour. What better way to make some new friends to share your experiences with too? It is possible to join at any point throughout your pregnancy.

Our 45 minute classes run on Mondays & Fridays from 7:30pm at the ROKO Health club, Clifton Moor, York. We charge £42 for a 6 week block of lessons.

Please call our office on 07825 269146 if you would like to book or have any questions, you can also visit our website for more information.

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Red Tent Mother Moon

Red Tent Mother Moons are days specifically tailored to nurture and support women preparing to birth, whilst exploring our deeply held attitudes about birth and motherhood, through art, music, guided meditation and discussion. The day focuses on expressing and releasing our deepest fears and anxieties, exploring our beliefs about our bodies and setting positive intentions about birth, all within the safety and comfort of our circle.

‘I absolutely cherish my time at the Mother Moon day and am so grateful to have taken part. It gave me an opportunity to really take the time to consider what I want for this birth and I felt empowered and excited to plan for birth the second time round after attending. It was abundantly clear that the organisers had taken immense care, time and effort (and expense) to make the day a really special one. I would highly recommend it to any mother preparing for birth. Thank you.’

The cost is £55 per person which includes a warm lunch, refreshments and snacks, as well as some very special gifts to take away with you.



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Stables Yoga Centre

logo aubergine for stationary“Inspiring. Much more than just a yoga class – there’s birth preparation, friendship and lots of information. The best classes in the area, by a long way.”

Our centre is a focal point for all things pregnancy and baby – we have the best pregnancy and post-natal classes in York (we have won the Little Vikings Best Pregnancy Class award for the last 3 years running), we also run birth preparation classes and hypnobirthing courses, and host baby massage, and the home birth support group. Sophie is an experienced birth doula and mindfulness teacher, and Alison is a Women’s yoga specialist and mentor. Fran (currently on maternity) is one of the most inspiring teachers you’ll ever meet.
We have taught pregnancy and post-natal yoga to thousands of women over the past 15 years. There are several reasons why we have such a great reputation: our classes feature evidence-based discussions helping you make informed decisions – we are big supporters of women’s choices around birth – and our post-natal classes lead to long lasting friendships (as well as tea and cake!).

Pregnancy classes:
Wednesday 5.45-7.15pm
Thursday 7.30-9pm
Sunday 5.45-7.15pm

Post-natal classes:
Tuesday 12.30-2.15pm
Wednesday 10.30am – 12.15pm
Friday 12.30-2.15pm

Booking and pre-payment required for all classes. Possibility to swap days and make up missed classes.
10A Nunmill St, York, YO23 1NU

T: 01904 623960


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Tamsin Evans Pregnancy & Postnatal Yoga

pregnancy yoga logo tamsinThese Classes are a fantastic place to come and enjoy a good stretch with some flowing Yoga movements. They are wonderfully beneficial for creating a sense of well-being while helping you feel comfortable with your body, while pregnant. We will enjoy some deep breathing with specific breathing techniques for birthing. Pregnancy Yoga is a great way to stay active while staying flexible & mobile throughout.
There will be a guided relaxation towards the end of the class, that will leave us floating home…but not before we have a little social tea, chocolate & chat After class (optional) but a great place to make new friends

“I really can’t Thank you enough, for all the techniques you’ve passed on and how confident that made me, especially when things didn’t go to plan, to use breathing to stay calm. your Yoga classes were such an integral part of my pregnancy, not just the class themselves but also the emphasis you but on encouraging us to have tea and biscuits after class to socialize. I have made some wonderful new friends through this and I’m truly grateful. I can’t wait to come back for baby number 2” ………Carla mother to Bertie

Mondays – Pregnancy Yoga 4.30-5.30/6pm Millers Yard, Gillygate
– Mummy and Baby Yoga 1.30-2.30pm St Luke’s church hall, Burton stone lane
Tuesdays – Pregnancy Yoga 5.30-6.30/7pm Millers Yard, Gillygate

Birth preparation will run alongside the weekly classes.
I also run a weekly Postnatal/ Mummy and Baby Yoga class on Monday afternoons

If you mention Mumbler you will get 20% off your first block of 5 classes

T: 07748851063



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The Daisy Foundation: Garforth, Selby and Tadcaster

The Daisy Foundation: Garforth, Selby and Tadcaster offers a range of antenatal classes and baby classes near Leeds and York. Current venues include Garforth and Monk Fryston.
The range of antenatal classes and baby classes offered includes Daisy Birthing, Active Birth Workshops, Parent classes, Breastfeeding Workshops, Daisy Baby Tinies and Daisy Baby Wrigglers.
Daisy Birthing classes combine yoga-based movement, antenatal and active birth education, breathing techniques, relaxation and peer-to-peer support. We aim to help you to learn your antenatal education and active birth techniques in a truly effective way.
Our Active Birth Workshop is a relaxed antenatal class where each couple gains knowledge and understanding of the labour journey, and how they are able to use gravity, movement and each other to prepare for birth.
Covering all things birth AND baby, our Parent classes run for 12 hours (over 6 weekday evenings) and are for couples to attend together. We cover everything you need to know about labour and birth, and then in the second half cover all things baby care – from those early few hours with your newborn, to all the many choices / decisions you need to make as they grow – from bathing, changing and feeding, through to safety and parenting choices.
Lastly, in terms of antenatal offerings, our Breastfeeding Workshop is designed to support expectant parents in their understanding and expectations of breastfeeding their baby. The workshop covers: benefits of breastfeeding; the first hour; anatomy and physiology; hunger cues; positioning and attachment; the first 10 days; expressing milk; and challenges.
Daisy Baby Tinies is our integrated class for mum and baby where baby massage, baby yoga, baby reflexology and calming techniques are delivered alongside educational themes which will be relevant to the babies’ developmental milestones. Suitable from around 6 weeks to 4 months.
Daisy Baby Wrigglers is the natural progression from Tinies and combines baby yoga alongside story, rhythm, rhyme and sensory play for babies from 4/5months through to 10 months.

T: 07743232656

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York NCT Antenatal Classes

Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 22.29.10Because NCT has nearly 60 years’ experience in supporting new mums and dads, you can rely on our range of courses to support you through pregnancy, birth and your new life as a parent.

All NCT courses are led by specially trained and experienced practitioners who understand what matters to new mums and dads. And don’t forget, every NCT course gives you the opportunity to meet other parents in your area.

In the NCT Signature antenatal course more than half of the course covers the birth of the baby, plus plenty of time to explore questions, hopes and anxieties in a safe and supportive space. Courses feature information about pregnancy, birth and becoming a parent, with content tailored to the needs of the small group taking part. The courses are usually 18 hours in length and include a dedicated session on breastfeeding and an information pack to take away with you.

Our NCT Essentials antenatal course is our newest course. It’s the shorter and most affordable antenatal course we offer. Every course follows the same, important six themes delivered over six 2-hour sessions. On this course parents will get practical information and emotional support for pregnancy, plus the knowledge and techniques to prepare for the birth of the baby. About half of this course covers important information to help care for the baby.

Everyone is welcome to pay by instalments and we offer discounts for parents in receipt of benefits or on lower incomes. Please request further information from the course organiser when you enquire about your course.

T: 0300 330 0700


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All Things Birth & Beyond

I offer a range of services aimed at enabling a positive birth experience and continuity of care in pregnancy, birth and beyond.
Antenatal Classes, Birth & Postnatal Doula, Breastfeeding Counsellor, Twins Maternity nurse and Birth to 2 Parenting support group leader.
T: 07500 623612

Antenatal and Hypnobirthing with Leyla

Full Antenatal Course with York Hypnobirthing (private and group)
* Build confidence and release fear
* Learn how to work with your body to achieve a peaceful birth
* Partners learn how to support during pregnancy and labour
* Learn breathing techniques and visualisations
T: 07917 865219 (Leyla)

Ashley Parker Calm Birth School Classes – Hypnobirthing

I am an experienced hypnobirthing practitioner and founder of Miracle in the Making. I am excited to have joined the Calm Birth School family and to be the first to offer the Calm Birth School classes in York.

Courses can be taught privately or in a group setting and I teach simple, but effective tools to encourage relaxation in pregnancy and confidence in your body. The process encourages bonding with your baby and unites you as a couple through practice and preparation.

Please contact us to book your place.

T: 07707 151239


BabyNatal Practical Baby Care Antenatal Workshops in York. Providing parents-to-be with the tools to make confident choices about parenting and looking after their newborn baby. Either as part of a group workshop or individually as a couple.

T: 07736 935836 (Katie)

Calm Confident Mama Birth Services

The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme is a comprehensive antenatal course that focuses on having the right birth on the day for you and your baby. Every woman deserves a positive birth experience and the Wise Hippo tools and techniques aim to help you to feel calm, relaxed and in control throughout your pregnancy, birth and beyond. Your birth partner will also gain knowledge and techniques to support you in the best possible way.

T: 07542 386923

Inspired Birth: Hypnobirthing

‘feel empowered for life through a positive birth experience’

Inspired Birth offers a complete birth preparation program through hypnobirthing. Hypnobirthing teaches the physiology of birth, breathing & relaxation techniques alongside self-hypnosis to be used during labour. This knowledge & understanding help to remove any fear & allow for a calm & safe birth.

Call Ruth on 07738593175.

10% discount when quoting YORK MUMBLER

My Yoga Journey

‪Yoga for pregnancy classes are suitable for pregnant women – from 14 weeks right through to birth. ‬
Every Saturday 10 – 11.15am at Millers Yard, Gillygate
‪They are an enjoyable way to maintain fitness, prepare for birth, meet new friends and learn more about your changing body and how your baby develops. ‬
‪The poses have been specially adapted to develop strength and increase energy – working with the pregnant body and taking into account the individual needs of each woman.‬

‪Contact Wendy
T: 01904 264129

Nurture Natal

Nurture Natal offer combined Antenatal and Hypnobirthing classes to expectant couples.
Courses are taught on weekends by experienced midwives and qualified hypnobirthing practitioners.
Our unique course costs just £115/couple and covers a fully hypnobirthing syllabus alongside everything you would expect from a comprehensive course of antenatal classes.
T: 07773 818557

Selby Birth Choices

8-10pm, first Tuesday of the month
different venues, hosted in people’s homes.
A friendly, welcoming group giving people a place to discuss their rights and wishes for pregnancy and birth.  We discuss women’s rights in pregnancy and birth, and all of her options, from tests in pregnancy to birth place decisions.  We share information, support each other and encourage each other towards a positive birth experience, whether that’s at home or hospital, vaginal birth or caesarean.
T: 07967 569282 (Emma)

York & North Yorkshire Hypnobirthing.

Group and Individual Courses running each month.
Taught by Val Readman (retired midwife) who has been teaching hypnobirthing since 2006.

T: 07977 505269