Support & advice during pregnancy and for new parents
Our families, relationships and experiences are all different. There isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ approach to pre-natal, postnatal and parenting styles and preferences. That’s why it’s so important to get the right support & advice during pregnancy and for your new born from the right sources. The York Mumbler Facebook Chat group is a great place to start to get some friendly, local advice but sometimes you need something a bit more specialist.
Below we have rounded up a range of experts to help you through the different stages of being a parent. From preparing to give birth, to post birth physical and mental care, support on breast feeding, weaning and the sort involving cake!
A Gentle Beginning
A Gentle Beginning
These are peaceful and supportive groups where you as a mums/dad with a new baby can nourish a pleasurable and reciprocal relationship with your new baby. observe and enjoy their self- initiatied motor development, gain confidence and trust in your abilities as a parent and make new friends. I have run these popular groups for 12 years and the holistic guidance I give is based on my many years of training and experience with Steiner education and the Pikler approach from Hungary.
The groups are small – 8 parents and babies maximum in each group .This ensures that the experience for both parents and babies is calm, nourishing and safe. Parents stay with a group typically from when the baby is 6 weeks old to toddling. The groups run in school term times and are located in a beatuiful room at York Steiner School.
The first session is free. Then £8.50. Mondays and Wednesdays 9.45-11.15 and 1.00-2.30
The GENTLE BEIGNNINGS FOR PREGNANCY
An on line course that gives you time, while you have time, to reflect and prepare for parenthood alone or with your partner. I offer 3 one hour sessions which introduce you to an approach to parenting based on the Pikler approach, Simplicity Parenting and holistic child development. If you are interested in slow and calm parenting, which ensures a pleasurable and respectful relationship from birth, and guarantees that your baby will fully experience the essential motor progression into standing, is post-plastic, and post- super stimulation then this course may suit you. Cost: £120 for the full 3 sessions (couple), (£75 single person). New dates to be confirmed. 4 adults/couples max in each group.
Come and join Helen your postnatal exercise specialist for a fun and effective Buggy Workout session in West Bank Park, Holgate every Monday between 10.30 and 11.30am.
The class focuses on improving your cardiovascular fitness, strength and resistance training, core work and pushchair posture. The sessions are designed specifically with new mums in mind and cater for all fitness levels. Baby comes too so there’s no need for childcare. Working out in the great outdoors is beneficial for both yourself and your baby.
Classes cost £6 and are booked in blocks of four at a time.
Your first session is free if you mention Mumbler.
I also offer pre and post-natal personal training sessions, for more information contact Helen.
As an independent midwife, I love relationship based, individualised, home based midwifery care. For me, this means forging relationships with families, frequent home visits with lots of time to get to know each other, time for chatting, involving other children, having a cuppa, talking through worries, hopes, options and supporting informed decisions making.
There is always plenty of time, as my visits usually last around 2 hours. Postnatally is often when the relationship built throughout the pregnancy comes into its own. With my care, daily visits for the first week, three visits in the second week and then roughly weekly visits for the next few weeks until 6-8 weeks after birth, make muddling through the time with a new baby, figuring out feeding, recovery from birth and new family dynamics a lot easier to navigate. Seeing a familiar face you trust and like makes postnatal care reassuring, nurturing and safe.
Emma Claire Physiotherapy provides Specialist Pelvic floor and Women’s Health Physiotherapy in North Yorkshire. Whether you are pregnant, early postnatal or years into motherhood I am here for you. Treating, assessing and rehabilitation of everything from incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, perineal tears, c section scar massage to Pilates.
I also offer a comprehensive postnatal Mummy MOT welcome to all, checking your pelvic floor muscles, abdominal muscles, posture, core, breathing and more. Making a bespoke recovery programme for you to optimise your postnatal recovery.
It is never too late to be seen, I welcome all women to my clinic.
£5 off a Postnatal Mummy MOT with York Mumbler.
Please look at my website, follow me on Instagram or ring me with any questions, I am always happy to help. Emma x
With For Modern Mothers Susan provides classes, courses and coaching in York for all pregnant women and new mothers. To support, inform and empower you to find your own unique way through motherhood. And to help you thrive physically, mentally and emotionally in the modern motherhood world. Susan is a real pregnancy, fertility and postnatal expert, with a “list of qualifications longer than an umbilical cord” as someone recently said!
Join Susan for Pregnancy Yoga, Complete Hypnobirthing & Antenatal Courses (the very best in birth preparation), Pregnancy Mini Retreats, Mum & Baby Yoga, Baby Massage classes. Always super friendly, supportive and welcoming to everyone, with a deep rooted sense of community.
She also can help you with specialist Birth and Perinatal Trauma Recovery and Birth Injury Support.
Join Susan for her For Modern Mothers Podcast for inspiring conversations and expert interviews, and on her online parenting platform www.formodernmothers.com where she shares her wisdom and experience, tips and information, plus a series of brilliant online courses too.
Hello I’m Sheryl, a paediatric nurse and mum of two toddlers. When I became pregnant, I was fearful and anxious about birth and needed something to help me! Finding a hypnobirthing course was an amazing and invaluable experience where I learnt tools and techniques for pregnancy and life in general. I have become very passionate about antenatal education which has led me to start my own business – Hypnobirthing North Yorkshire.
I teach the Wise Hippo Birthing Programme, a modern and fresh Hypnobirthing course offering all round planning for the birth of your baby. Learn techniques to reduce pregnancy anxiety and fear of birth, becoming an expert in relaxation. Courses are live and online, enabling you to go into deep relaxation in the comfort of your own home. For all parents to be and their birth partners.
York Mother Nurture is a collaboration between Michaela Scott (left, of Bespoke Botanicals) and Renni Prelle (right, of Renni Prelle Complementary Therapies) They have joined forces to expand the support offered to pregnant women and new parents. As well as ‘hands-on’ services such as:
Specialist pregnancy and postnatal massage
Head, neck and shoulder massage
They also offer online emotional and practical support and signposting, workshops and self-care advice. Once Covid 19 restrictions are further lifted they will also be offering ‘Honouring Motherhood’ Days, Day Retreats, and regular social meet-ups.
Michaela Scott has been a Medical Herbalist for 12 years and a massage therapist for over 20 years. She has specialist training in pregnancy massage and is a birth doula.
Renni Prelle has been an experienced Complementary Therapist for over 16 years. She offers all forms of reflexology (including maternity reflexology), Head, neck and shoulder massage and facial massage as well as workshops in Baby and Toddler Relaxology.
Paul Stride is a well respected nursery retailer based in York. We are an Independent Nursery Specialist not tied to any specific brand or company. This means we can offer the widest range of quality products from all the major manufacturers as well as some of the less well known quality brands. This makes it easier to find the right product for both your lifestyle and budget.
We have recently introduced an appointment system (see below), this, we feel, is to benefit everyone.
Our showroom has re-opened for face to face appointments after the latest lockdown in the interest of customer safety and in line with the current lockdown in England, and we are operating on an appointment only basis. Our appointments will now only be running on a Saturday from 9:00am to 5pm, with Monday to Friday no longer needing an appointment. For a Saturday we are working on the following basis:
Many expectant mums experience a broad spectrum of emotions during pregnancy, ranging from intense excitement to nervous anticipation. For some it is also a time of great anxiety. This can be particularly true if you are experiencing pregnancy after a previous baby loss.
At Reflect we are aware that the excitement of a new pregnancy can also be tinged with other intense emotions. You may feel increased levels of fear and worry, or previous feelings of loss or grief can resurface. It can sometimes help to receive additional support during this time.
Reflect provides one to one support sessions for mums-to-be to help process these feelings. All support sessions are fully confidential and completely free. They are available to anyone who is pregnant following a pregnancy loss.
If this resonates with you, please do get in touch with us, we would love to help.
We a York/North Yorkshire based charity which supports children aged 5 and under with Down Syndrome and their families. We strive to raise awareness of the condition and ensure our children have dedicated support and therapy to enhance their development.
There is no right or wrong way to process the news that there is a chance that your baby may have Down Syndrome but when you are ready Shine21 is here to support you.
What we do
Our ethos is ‘empowering parents to help their little stars shine’; here’s how we achieve it:
· running developmental groups
· hosting expert support sessions
· fully-funded Level 1 Makaton training.
· supporting parents and expectant families with relevant and up-to-date information and support
· hosting a resources library
Time to shine? If you’d like to see your little star shine even brighter, please get in touch so we can warmly welcome you and your family to Shine21.
Treasure Chest Breastfeeding Group is here to support York families throughout their breastfeeding journeys. Our trained peer supporters run free weekly support groups as well as a monthly antenatal workshop (all currently on Zoom). We can help you to think about how to prepare for breastfeeding, what to expect in the first hours, days and weeks, normal baby behaviour, where to get more help if you need it and much more. We also have a private Facebook group called ‘Treasure Chest & Beyond’ where you can chat to peer supporters and other families
This quote is from a mum who attended one of our Zoom groups:
“It was friendly, informative, reassuring, helpful and a nice place to meet other mums and share experiences and listen to advice. It’s really helped and has been really enjoyable.”
Yorkshire Born Yorkshire Fed deliver weaning workshops, covering everything you need to know about introducing solid foods to your little pudding.
The session is around 2 hours long and includes our weaning manual, follow up support via our private Facebook group and a free 15 minute problem solver call if you face any issues when you get started. (not forgetting some fabulous discounts from some of the leading weaning products! With 10 years NHS experience delivering workshops and a multitude of 5* reviews these workshops are designed to make you feel confident to start weaning. We cover both traditional (purees) and Baby Led weaning, to allow you to make an informed decision about what type of weaning will work best for you and your family. The sessions are run online and face to face and can be delivered privately, to small groups from homes or pre-arranged venues and also at larger venues.
10% discount for York Mumbers parents and a 20% discount for private groups of 5 or more, contact Sophie for more details.
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.
“I’m currently borrowing some reusable nappies from the York NCT Nappy Library and would definitely recommend them as a service to other new mums thinking of using them but not quite sure where to start. From my research, the land of cloth nappies is a complete mine-field in terms of different brands and types, so the nappy library is a great way to try a few without breaking the bank. It’s a free service and you get to borrow a few types and brands for a whole month. They provide you with a wet bag, liners and a couple of vest extenders too to help you get started. It’s been fab for me in helping to find out which ones best suit our family. “
York Sling Library are a volunteer run group dedicated to helping local families find ways to carry their children safely and comfortably.
We are currently offering online support with our experienced, professionally trained, baby-wearing consultant. Our extensive collection of ergonomic slings and carriers has solutions for people of all shapes and sizes, children from newborn to school age (and beyond), and a huge variety of carrying positions. Short term affordable hires, with collection from South Bank, allow you to try solutions before buying from elsewhere.
Providing it is safe to do so we hope to reopen our popular live sessions in September – please keep an eye on our webpage and social media for further details nearer the time.
If you’re new to slings, why not check out the Slings Slings Slings section on our webpage to learn more about the different options available.