Here is a list of links and resources for a variety of national and local services. This is by no means an exhaustive list so if you are looking for something specific please get in touch with us via the Contact form and we can signpost you.
Free Resources and Groups
AIMS (Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services) provides information and support. Do also take a look at their publications: www.aims.org.uk
BIRTHRIGHTS is the UK’s only organisation dedicated to improving women’s experience of pregnancy and childbirth by promoting respect for human rights. They provide advice and legal information to women and promote women’s rights to receive evidence-based care that conforms to the best medical and midwifery standards: www.birthrights.org.uk
NICE (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) provides national guidance and advice to improve health and social care: www.nice.org.uk/guidance
MATERNITY VOICES NORWICH – Norwich Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) is a team of health care professionals and members of the public who meet four times a year to discuss the maternity services in our area. Updated information is being posted as and when things change with the maternity services.
NATIONAL BREASTFEEDING HELPLINE
Phone line: 0300 100 0212
ABM (Association of Breastfeeding Mothers)
Phone line 0300 350 5453
LOCAL NORFOLK RESOURCES DURING COVID-19
During the Covid-19 Crisis there are many local businesses that are aiming to provide as much help, support and group social support online. Below I have listed some of what is on offer for remote support.
Please check back regularly to keep up to date with our efforts.
Normal face to face services will resume as soon as it is safe and possible
PREGNANCY AND BIRTH
NNUH MVP ‘COVID-19 BABY GROUP’– This is a group set up to share information and feedback from new parents who are in the remit of The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital together during the COVID-19 months.
HOME BIRTH NORFOLK – A welcoming support group for families in Norfolk who are considering, planning or have had a home birth. Monthly meet ups will be via zoom or facebook group for the time being. www.facebook.com/pg/homebirthnorfolk
YOUR TINY HUMAN HUB – Friendly, supportive hub for parent to be. Information, support, laughs and friendship. www.facebook.com/groups/OnlyHumanVillage/
SIOBHÁN RIDLEY – I offer a full range of remote support from birth preparation to distance doulaing through birth and beyond. I can be your Doula in your pocket for all your womb to world distance care. Find me at:
EMERGENCY EARLY LABOUR DOULA SUPPORT – During this time of crisis we are offering a free (or pay what you can) phone/internet support service for early labour. Emotional support, tips and practical support for early labour at your finger tips, 24/7. This is a free or pay what you can service: www.developingdoulas.co.uk/emergency-early-labour-doula
Hypnobirthing & Antenatal:
SIOBHÁN RIDLEY – Offering a full range of remote support from birth preparation to distance doulaing through birth and beyond.
Doula: I can be your Doula in your pocket for all your womb to world distance care.
Hypnobirthing and Antenatal: The full 12 hour Birthing Programme – Hypnobirthing has gone remote. Learn over zoom.
EMILY HOUSEMAN – Emily is a local midwife who offers women and their partners classes and support from conception through to pregnancy, labour and beyond. She has online Imagery classes which focus on guidance at different stages of your journey combined with imagery visualisation exercises to focus, relax and go deeper into your journey. The exercises have been developed specifically for the four stages of childbearing (conception, pregnancy, labour, postnatal) and help to integrate mind, body and heart. Emily is also a Hypnobirth teacher, and does private courses for couples. See her website for more details: www.emilyhousman.com
Pelvic Floor and Physical Recovery
ALICE HOUSEMAN – Hypopressives – 8 week supported online programme for deep core, pelvic floor & postnatal recovery using Hypopressives. More details at www.alicehousman.co.uk or email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Breastfeeding (incl free breastfeeding support)
IBCLC LED SUPPORT GROUP – Facebook group. This is a group set up and run by IBCLCs (International Board Certified Lactation consultants) to support families with breastfeeding problems or queries online during the reduction of face to face support due to the COVID 19 outbreak. www.facebook.com/groups/208906116985365/
NO MILK LIKE MAMAS – No Milk Like Mama’s has an online community of peer support and is an admin member of the online IBCLC led support group created to support families during the coronavirus pandemic (links available on website or social media pages).
During the coronovirus pandemic No Milk Like Mama’s continues to offer online consultation for both Breastfeeding and Sleep Support. Please see our website for more information or email to book support.
ANN CHARLES (doula and babywearing) – Offering babywearing consults over Skype (email@example.com – paid service).
NORWICH SLING LIBRARY – Offering Virtual Library over Skype (Free – £5, depending on what you need), with postal hire options (paid) – see Norwich Sling Library for details. Emma from Norwich Sling Library also offers private babywearing consults.