Information and Resources

Local services for pregnant and birthing women in the North East…

Yoga for Pregnancy classes

Caroline in Hexham
Denise in Hexham
Laura- Shotley Bridge and Consett

Active Birth classes

Lynn Campbell  at the RVI,  Newcastle
Dance City,

Birth and parenting classes

Birth Spring offers 1:1 birth preparation in Tynedale from NCT-qualified educator Ali Say
Soulful Birth offers classes from Vicky Drake

Singing and movement pregnancy classes

Lynn Campbell, The Sage, Gateshead

Dance classes for pregnancy and birth

‘Mama beat’ – with Ruth Willis in Hexham

The North East Maternity and Nursing Clothes Library

Based in Durham, gives opportunity of low cost hire of maternity and nursing wear

Placenta encapsulation

Olivia Crocker

Ruth Willis

Other doulas in the north east

See details for other doulas working in the area here…

Doula Uk

offers birth and doula services

Birth and Baby Network

offers birth and postnatal doula services, antenatal classes and postnatal drop-ins

NCT classes

are very popular throughout the region, offered by highly qualified antenatal educators in a variety of formats. Good discounts available for low income families, and courses can also be paid for by instalments. NCT branches offer services from bump to 5 years.

Durham NCT offers antenatal classes, home birth support groups, postnatal depression, premature baby and caesarean birth support, hospital grade breast pump hire, maternity and nursing bra fitting, bumps and babies groups, twins and multiples groups, and very busy and popular Nearly New Sales
Newcastle and Gateshead NCT currently offering Nearly New Sales, antenatal classes, early days courses (for new parents) and weaning classes
Sunderland and South Tyneside NCT offers antenatal classes, postnatal support, breastfeeding support, equipment hire and Nearly New Sales

Hexham and Tynedale NCT offers antenatal classes, babes in arms and bumps and babies groups, as well as Nearly New Sales

Local services for parents

North East Sling Library – group to try on and hire baby carriers and slings that are ergonomically suitable for your baby/child, based in Durham

Durham Real Nappy Library – a group to demonstrate, advise and loan washable nappies for local parents
Kesako 0-18 – free selling and passing on of children’s goods throughout the north east
Singing Babies Sessions for parents and babies to enjoy music together in Tynedale

National Helplines If you need to talk through a traumatic birth with someone experienced the Birth Crisis Network can offer you support. 
Association of Breastfeeding Mothers  – speak to an ABM breastfeeding counsellor 0300 330 5453

La Leche League- speak to an LLL Leader 0845 120 2918
National Breastfeeding Helpline – run for DoH by the Breastfeeding Network and the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers 0300 100 0212
NCT Breastfeeding Helpline – speak to an NCT Breastfeeding Counsellor 0300 330 0771

AIMS (Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services) – excellent unbiased and informative information resource and helpline…
Working towards normal birth
Providing independent support and information about maternity choices
Raising awareness of current research on childbirth and related issues
This email will go to a group of AIMS volunteers and someone will respond as soon as possible.
This phone number will connect you to an AIMS volunteer when possible, otherwise please leave us a message and someone will get back to you.

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