KG Hypnobirthing website
This website is a great resource of information and free resources including daily positive affirmations sent straight to your inbox, image affirmations to print out, the first chapter of The Hypnobirthing Book and a relaxing audio/mp3.
KGH Hypnobirthing Group (Facebook Page)
A very supportive online community for all things hypnobirthing-related.
Why Hypnobirthing Matters by Katrina Berry
A compact little book explaining the origins of hypnobirthing, how it works and helps including when birth does not go to plan, and what you can expect from a course.
Tell Me a Good Birth Story website
A wonderful website full of positive birth stories, which can be really helpful and reassuring to read whilst pregnant. You can also pair yourself up with a local buddy for support. I recommend this website to all of the pregnant women I come across.
Sarah Wickham website and books
Sarah Wickham is a midwife on a mission to inform women and their families as well as midwives of the evidence (and often gaps in it), helping women to make truly informed decisions about their care. She has written extremely informative easy-to-read books on inducing labour, Group B Streptococcus (GBS), birth of the placenta, vitamin K and decision-making.
Evidence Based Birth website
I love this American website. It is a really great source of information on the available evidence base, has interesting articles/blogs and even free courses and webinars. It is very topical and contains various resources pertaining to the impact of Covid-19 on pregnancy and service provision.
The Positive Birth Book by Milli Hill (2018)
A great book full of useful information relating to birth. It is an easy and encouraging read too.
Give Birth Like a Feminist by Milli Hill (2019)
Making birth a feminist issue in relation to women being empowered and not to be given a raw deal in the birth room. Quite a political book and worth the read.
Why Home Birth Matters by Natalie Meddings (2017)
A lovely book about the reality of home birth as well as how the home environment can facilitate the birth process.
Windsor and Maidenhead Homebirth Support Group (Facebook Page)
An independent (non-NHS) group run by Joanna and a couple of other local midwives. This is a supportive forum to share homebirth information and experiences. Support groups were held in the Windsor/Maidenhead area monthly although have been postponed until after the Coronavirus restrictions are lifted.
Recommended Local Players
Due to the Coronavirus lockdown, many of these classes are now available online via Zoom. Check them out!
Bumps to Babes
Pregnancy yoga from local yoga teacher Tara Crist, including a 30-minute discussion and relaxation from either a local midwife (me!) or doula Louise Prince. This is a very supportive group with a lively WhatsApp group and meet-ups planned for after the lockdown lifts. Every Monday 7-8.30pm, currently via Zoom. Free trial class. Antenatal masterclasses from Louise and my hypnobirthing sessions also available through this collaboration.
Personal training, pregnancy and postnatal Pilates classes and Buggy Class to keep active and meet other mums both before and after baby arrives. With local nurse and personal trainer Sarah Al-Hawary, based in Maidenhead.
Mind, Body and Bump
For reflexology, pregnancy massage, postnatal massage and group baby massage classes. With doula Louise Prince, Cox Green.
Marie Daniels Physiotherapy
For treatment of pregnancy-related musculoskeletal conditions, such as pelvic pain, back pain and sciatica and poor posture. Marie combines manual therapy, Pilates and acupuncture with a positive approach. Based in Pinkneys Green, Maidenhead.
Tara Crist runs all sorts of yoga and breathing classes, but these yoga sessions specifically for mums/dads and babies (6 weeks to crawling) are particularly relevant!
Baby Matters (Cox Green)
Debra Jonckers and colleagues teach group antenatal classes, baby massage and baby first aid. They also run Baby Cafe, a mum and baby group at St Marys Church Hall in Maidenhead.
Ines Banks Photography (Pinkneys Green, Maidenhead)
For pregnancy and newborn/baby photo shoots, either in her studio or out in nature. Based in Pinkneys Green.