Hi, my name is Melody Robinson & I am the founder of ALL THINGS BIRTH & BEYOND.
I am a mum of two & an Advanced Birth & Beyond practitioner (BA Hons. U of W). With a background in nursing and complementary therapies, I have worked with families as a full-spectrum Doula (Doula UK) and childbirth educator since 2005. I am a BFI accredited Breastfeeding Coach, Holistic Sleep Coach (Dip), Reiki Master, trauma-informed Birth & Matrescence Coach and believer in YOU!
At All Things Birth & Beyond, my team & I are committed to promoting and facilitating positive birth and parenting experiences. This drives our continued research into practices and circumstances that impact birthing and early parenting experiences, including birth trauma and perinatal mental health. We know that birthing approaches and resultant situations play an integral role in influencing early childhood development and infant-parent bonding.
We help pregnant women and mothers transition through their new, and ever changing roles, so that they feel fully supported and empowered in their monumental transformation that is motherhood.
“1 in 3 women experience an aspect of becoming a mother as traumatic” (2019).
“43% of [new mothers] met the criteria for clinically relevant depression and 61% met the criteria for anxiety” (2021).
These stats are not OK!!! Book a call and see how we can help. You are not alone.
INFORMED + SUPPORTED = EMPOWERED
Our services include:
I am an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant who has been helping families in the York area for 17 years.
I offer one to one consultations in your own home or mine to work on any infant feeding issues you may have. I also offer a comprehensive tongue function assessment.
I am a qualified Postnatal Doula and can offer ad hoc and regular help. I also offer antenatal breastfeeding sessions, early days sessions, sleep sessions, introducing solid food and returning to work sessions.
To discuss your requirements please contact me for more information.
The Local Maternity System (LMS) is a partnership of organisations, women and their families working together to deliver improvements in local maternity services.
The information on their website is aimed at those who will receive the majority of their maternity care through midwifery services and obstetric consultant care through one or more of the following hospital Trusts – York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust. Some women, babies and families with special requirements may need to travel outside this area.
On this website you can find information about services local to you, general pregnancy and birth advice, and information on more specialist services including post-natal mental health services. If you are a professional you can find information about local courses and training.
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.
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.
York NCT Nappy Library is a not for profit washable (cloth) nappy lending service. The service is run by volunteers from York branch NCT. We provide advice and lend washable nappies for trial.So whether you are concerned about saving money, your impact on the environment or want an alternative to disposables for other reasons, contact us now.
York Sling Library provides expert support to enable local parents to carry their children in comfortable, safe slings or carriers.
We hope to soon be able to offer in person sessions again later on in the year, if it is safe to do so. Please keep an eye on our webpage and social media for updates. Until then we will continue to offer free online consultations one morning a week during school term time. Please book ahead.
Empathetic, experienced breastfeeding help. Affordable flat rate fees agreed in advance. Support is tailored to your needs to endeavour to meet your breastfeeding goals. We talk about breastfeeding and challenges you are experiencing. Support includes overnight video messaging oncall breastfeeding support, tongue assessments and antenatal education.
At Little Sleep Stars, we don’t believe that your only options with a tricky sleeper are to wait-it-out or cry-it-out. All children are able to sleep well, without the process of getting them there feeling like an ordeal. Our bespoke sleep plans show you how.
‘Lauren at little sleep stars is amazing.’
CP, March 19
Yorkshire’s only Independent Health Visiting service. We offer a private, individualised service that provides support for the whole family from pregnancy, through to babies first steps and beyond. We offer a unique antenatal class, as well as weaning and family first aid classes. We can provide individual support and advice too.
It is now recognised that tongue tie in babies can make breast or bottle feeding difficult. I offer private full assessment and tongue tie division (frenulotomy) for babies between 5 days and 10 weeks old.
Stonegate Clinic, York, YO1 8AW
T: 01904 631815 (Louise Armstrong)
We are running virtual breastfeeding support groups via Zoom. See our website for details
We run weekly support groups, a monthly antenatal workshop for pregnant women and a partner, and have a private Facebook group where you can chat to our trained peer supporters as well as meet other local breastfeeding families.
Our peer supporters are all volunteers who have breastfed their child for at least six months and have undergone training to enable them to support other families who wish to breastfeed. They have all had 20 hours of training which covers areas such as counselling and listening skills, how breastfeeding works and how to tackle breastfeeding problems.
Please see our website and/or Facebook page for up to date details of how and when to get support.
‘Highly recommend going on the Treasure Chest course, they will answer all your questions and can support you in feeding. X’
ED, Oct 18
‘Gave lots of good advice and tips which were invaluable when attempting to do the first feeds when you’re knackered from the birth! Plenty of excellent support on the Treasure Chest FB group too, invaluable when you’ve got feeding questions in the middle of the night as a bunch of other mums will also be awake!’
FB, April 19
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