AIMS (Association for Improvements in Maternity Services)
40 Kingswood Road, London, NW6 6LS
UK based organisation focused on informing women about pregnancy and childbirth options, particularly good if you are having a problem. AIMS produce many leaflets and books on some controversial aspects of childbirth including ‘Choosing a Home Birth’ and ‘Choosing a Water Birth’. Send s.a.e.
ASSOCIATION FOR INDEPENDENT MIDWIVES
20, Westfield Rd., Long Wittenham, Oxfordshire, OX14 4RF
Tel: 0845 4600 105
Midwives who work outside the health service and provide a unique service for home births.
ASSOCIATION FOR SAFE ALTERNATIVES IN CHILDBIRTH
www.asac.ab.ca See especially the following:
- www.michelodent.com Michel Odent’s website, with details of his books, talks and newsletter, and links to some of his articles on the web
- www.birthpsychology.com/prima/lhealth Primal Health website
- www.birthworks.org/primalhealth Embodies a philosophy that develops a woman’s self confidence, trust and faith in her innate ability to give birth. “Primal Health Research” explores correlations between the ‘primal period’ (conception until the first birthday) and health in later life. This amazing data bank represents the best way to evaluate the extent of the ‘primal health research” phenomenon, to realise its possible effects on our understanding of health and disease, and to anticipate the diversity of the practical implications
ASSOCIATION OF RADICAL MIDWIVES
ARM, 16 Wytham Street, Oxford. OX1 4SU
Tel: 01865 248159
Provide information and support for those having difficulty getting sympathetic midwifery care.
An A-Z of everything for pregnant women, babies and young children
Non-profit organisation aiming to save lives and to end the avoidable suffering caused by inappropriate infant feeding. Baby Milk Action works within a global network to strengthen effective controls in the marketing of the baby feeding industry.
Useful website generally, also list of baby names
UK maternity choices and statistics. Find out about your local choice of birth place.
BIRTH POOL HIRE
Affordable birth pool hire; birth balls (large and small sizes); Medela pumps
DOULA (pronounced ‘doola’)
Doula is a Greek word meaning ‘woman servant or caregiver’. It now refers to an experienced woman who offers emotional and practical support to a woman or couple before, during and after childbirth. Describes the work of a doula and has a directory of trained doulas.
Fathers-To-Be offers men effective preparation for fatherhood through practical education.
3, Lower Queens Road, Clevedon, N Somerset, BS21 6LX
Tel: 01275 878 953
Information on pre-conceptual care. Send s.a.e. Hair analysis and Foresight program enquiries and preconception advice.
HOME BIRTH MOVEMENT
C/o Tess McKenney, 41 High Street, Stanlake, Oxon, OX8 7RH
Tel: 01863 300154
homebirth reference site. General enquiries and how to arrange a home birth and many useful links. Information pack available.
A range of self-hypnosis CD’s from Maggie Howell, hypnotherapist.
Magda Taylor, The Informed Parent, P O Box 4481, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 2WH
Tel: 01903 212 969
Provides information for parents who are looking into the safety and effectiveness of vaccinations.
LA LECHE LEAGUE
Tel: 0845 456 1855; Tel help line: 0845 120 2918
An international association supporting breastfeeding and mothering with a national network of breastfeeding counselors.
LONDON ACUPUNCTURE CHILDBIRTH TEAM
There is an ever growing awareness of the benefits that acupuncture can bring to fertility, pregnancy and childbirth, and this site is here to introduce more about these benefits and to help you to easily find acupuncture practitioners in your own locality
Women’s Environmental Network including campaign for ‘real nappies’
Midwives Information and Resource Service
9, Elmdale Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1SL
Tel: 0117 925 1791
Educational charity and library for midwifery-related matters. The Informed Choice Leaflets on-line
Online support and info for women and their partners who have experienced the loss of a baby.
NATIONAL CHILDBIRTH TRUST (NCT)
Alexandra House, Oldham Terrace, London, W3 6NH
Tel: 0208 992 8637
For information on preparation for childbirth, postnatal support and breastfeeding counselling. Also publish and supply a very good range of books and leaflets covering pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and parenthood
Very useful website for what is happening in NW3 for after the birth.
This organization has been training doulas since 2005. The course is recognized/accredited with Doula UK. The trainers are all working doulas with many years of experience.
Excellent general nutritional information from Marilyn Glenville
www.ocsupport.org.uk Obstetric cholestasis is a rare complication of pregnancy. A build-up of bile acids in the bloodstream causes a persistent itch in the last third of pregnancy. There may be a small increased risk of complications of pregnancy associated with this condition
Helping parents make natural choices.
PELVIC GIRDLE PAIN
For pelvic pain sufferers – helping you to find the right support during pregnancy
Perineal pain relief after episiotomy or tearing of perineum.
ROYAL COLLEGE OF MIDWIVES
15 Mansfield Street, London, W1G 9NH
Tel: 0207 312 3535
Should be able to help if you are finding difficulty in getting a suitable midwife.
Sheila is a childbirth educator and social anthropologist and has much research based info
www.gbss.org.uk Group B Streptococcus is one of many bacteria that can be present in our bodies. Most pregnant women who carry GBS bacteria have healthy babies. However, there’s a small risk that GBS can pass to the baby during childbirth…….
TUFNELL PARK PARENTS SUPPORT GROUP (for parents living locally in TufnellPark)
Very well run organisation, excellent resource info; supports parents.
Support and information re: vaccination issues.
www.babyjabs.co.uk Single immunization jabs: ‘Babyjabs Holborn Medical Services’.
Information and support for vaginal birth after caesarian section
WOMEN & HEALTH CENTRE
4 Carol Street London NW1 0HU
Tel: 0207 482 2786
therapies at low cost
Nationwide organisation of Childbirth Educators