Useful Resources

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.

https://www.kghypnobirthing.com/

 

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.

http://www.tellmeagoodbirthstory.com/

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.

https://www.sarawickham.com

 

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.

https://evidencebasedbirth.com/

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.

What is the Infant Microbiome? by Microbiome Courses (2022)

Free mini-course explaining the infant microbiome, which contributes to many important short-term and long-term health outcomes for baby.

https://microbirth.teachable.com/p/taster

Loads of infant feeding and sleeping resources from UNICEF

These include health advantages of breastfeeding, breastfeeding videos, alternatives to breastfeeding such as giving expressed breastmilk or formula, advice on safer sleep for babies, and more...

Baby Friendly Resources - Baby Friendly Initiative (unicef.org.uk)

Recommended Local Players

Nelumbo Yoga

Pregnancy yoga from local yoga teacher Joelle, held every Tuesday at 7-8pm on Zoom.  Joelle also runs a weekly postnatal yoga class (babies welcome).

http://nelumboyoga.co.uk/

Go Figure!

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. 

https://www.gofigure.org.uk/

Mind, Body and Bump

For reflexology, pregnancy massage, postnatal massage and group baby massage classes.  With doula Louise Prince, Cox Green.

https://www.mindbodyandbump.co.uk/

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.

https://www.mariedanielsphysio.com/

Selen Photography (Maidenhead)

For pregnancy, newborn/baby and family photo shoots.  Based in the Nicholsons Shopping Centre.

http://www.selenphotography.com/