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ALL LISTINGS: PLEASE CHECK STATUS OF ALL CLASSES PRIOR TO ATTENDING

National Lockdown #2 started on 5th November 2020, with all non-essential journeys and contact to be halted. Many of the classes and activities listed here are on hold, some are moving to an online option. For all of the listings on here please check with the organiser if it is on or off before attending.

I am endeavouring to keep the listings as up to date as possible but please check with organisers first, thanks for your understanding.


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Beautiful Mind Therapy

Perinatal Emotional Wellbeing for Women. Gill Hirst is an experienced therapist who offers a range of talking therapies to help women feel better about themselves during the perinatal transition of their lives:

  • Short term counselling/talking therapy
  • Hypnobirthing
  • Debrief sessions for birth trauma

Sessions by video link. Please email gill@beautifulmindtherapy.co.uk for info.

Visit her facebook page here and find details of her new Beautiful Bumps facebook group for pregnant women who live in the Hull and East Yorkshire area. From this there plans to be a weekly Zoom support group for women to share advice, offload, have a giggle and learn some relaxation and techniques for anxiety, all as a free service.


Claire Harbottle Independent Midwife

Independent Midwife offering one to one safe and empowering care. One-off clinical visits through to full packages of antenatal, birth and postnatal care. Specialist home-birth midwife but also able to support you in your hospital birth plans. Covering all of Hull and East Yorkshire.

Contact me to chat through your options at any point in your maternity journey – 07761 910900, claireharbottle@gmail.com.


East Yorkshire Hypnobirthing

Hypnobirthing techniques will enable you to have a calm, relaxed & safe birth. Most Hypnobirthing mums experience shorter labours and without the need for any pain relief. You will gain the knowledge to be in complete control at all times, making your birth experience a positive one.

East Yorkshire Hypnobirthing is run by Sandra Stones, her course is acknowledged and recommended by midwives in Hull and East Yorkshire. For more information please contact her on 01482 845952,  07947902922 or email sandra.stones@hotmail.co.uk


Fatima Allam Birth Centre

The Fatima Allam Birth Centre is an Alongside Midwifery Led Unit situated on the Labour & Delivery Suite on the 2nd floor of the Hull Women & Children’s Hospital. The environment is more homely, and the focus is on birth without medical intervention. Our ethos puts women at the centre of their own care; supporting them in making decisions about how they want to give birth whilst ensuring safe and high quality care is maintained.

The Birth Centre is staffed 24 hours by midwives who provide midwifery led one-to-one care to women who have uncomplicated pregnancies. We have a team of midwifery assistants working on the Birth Centre who work in partnership with women and midwives to provide supportive, individualised care.

There are 3 en-suite birthing rooms that are designed for women to stay in throughout labour, birth and after birth until transfer home or to the postnatal ward should this be required. Two birth partners (adults) can be present throughout your whole stay here on the Fatima Allam Birth Centre.

The Fatima Allam Birth Centre has a friendly home-from-home atmosphere which can help women feel more relaxed. The spacious birthing rooms are beautifully presented with dimmed and coloured mood lighting, with facilities to allow women to play their own music via CD or Bluetooth.

Each room has a birthing pool providing women with the option of using water to assist their movement, encourage relaxation during labour and birth. The Fatima Allam Birth Centre is an ideal place for healthy women with uncomplicated pregnancies, who do not want a home birth, and yet don’t want or need a hospital-like facility. Women may consider birthing here if they would like to use different coping methods such as birthing mats, balls and stools; these help women to adopt different positions to aid their comfort throughout labour and birth. We also support the personal use of complementary therapies and TENS machines which have been agreed in the plan of care made by the woman and her midwife.

If you’re a healthy first time mum and having a straightforward pregnancy, planning to give birth in a birth centre is particularly suitable for you because it’s as safe for your baby as planning to give birth in a labour ward, and you’re less likely to have medical interventions. Similarly if this is your second, third or fourth baby then birth in a birth centre is as safe as giving birth in a labour ward but with a reduced chance of medical interventions. If you’re unsure about being eligible for a birth centre birth please speak to your midwife or contact 01482 607860.


Goodwin Volunteer Doula Project

Could you benefit from free, emotional and practical support through pregnancy, birth and beyond?

A doula will provide 121 ante natal support with bag packing, birth planning, birth support if required and 6 weeks of postnatal care for you and your baby.

Call Goodwin to find out more on 01482 497811 or email doulaproject@goodwintrust.org


HEY Baby Carousel – Expectant Parent Event

Update for September 2020 – this event will be virtual from now on. Details to follow.

Are you expecting a baby? Then you might like to join us for our HEY Baby carousel event! Midwives will be joined by representatives of 20 different groups and organisations, offering information about breastfeeding, hypnobirthing, home births, the new Midwifery Led Unit and much more. Mumbler attends this each month too to meet some of the expectant mums and advice on the ante natal and baby groups you can try.

Formerly in the Clinical skills building, 2nd floor in the Eye Hospital (next to the Women & Childrens Hospital), Anlaby Road, Hull. The event is free – email heybaby@hey.nhs.uk for more information.


HMB Natural Health

Heather Barnes is a qualified aromatherapist, antenatal teacher and doula and has over 20 years experience delivering training and working with families.

She is offering a range of aromatherapy treatments during pregnancy and postnatally, including massage, facials, reiki, ‘Closing the Bones’ postnatal treatments and preparing for birth sessions.
She can also provide a range of aromatherapy oils and blends to use antenatally, for during labour and postnatally.  The oils can aid relaxation, strengthen contractions and also support postnatal healing.

Heather works from her home in Anlaby, where she has a wonderfully relaxing space set up to offer treatments.  She can also provide gift vouchers and does offers if you buy sets of three antenatal massage treatments.

For more information contact Heather on 07980 310454 or email heather@hmbnaturalhealth.co.uk.


Hull & East Yorkshire Home Birth Group

The Hull and East Yorkshire Home Birth Support Group was set up in October 2011 by local women who have all given birth to their children at home, and want to be able to support other parents to have a positive home birth experience.

The group currently meets on the third Monday evening/day time of each month and is also attended by local midwives, doulas, hypnobirthing practitioners, breastfeeding peer supporters and antenatal teachers, many of whom have had home births themselves, and can offer additional information and support.  Everyone is welcome – partners, along with other birth partners, other children and friends.  The meetings are a great opportunity to meet other people who have had or are having a home birth, ask any questions, seek reassurance and support.

For more info check out their website here or follow them on facebook.  They also have a closed discussion group on Facebook – search for Hull and East Yorkshire Home Birth Discussion Group.


Leto Birth Therapies

Are you expecting a baby or have you recently given birth? As a former midwife with many years experience I recognize that this is a time of great change. My aim is to support you during this exciting time by offering a number of classes and other birth services. You’ll find more information about the classes I provide on my website including:

  • Hypnobirthing antenatal classes. No hocus pocus or mind control involved, just lots of unbiased, evidence based information, on going support and simple fear releasing techniques for a relaxed, calm and confident birth. Includes information on active birth, massage and essential oils. Free taster sessions and relaxation sessions available.
  • BA 3 Step Rewind Process is a simple, highly effective technique that neutralizes the difficult emotions linked to a traumatic birth. The process normally takes two sessions and I offer free consultations.
  • Pregnancy Massage & Aromatherapy. I specialize in pregnancy, birth and postnatal massage and aromatherapy. Book a massage for relaxation, to address specific problems or a combination of both. It’s up to you.
  • Doula Support. Providing practical and emotional support during and following your birth. Having continuous support can improve birth outcomes, leaving you feeling more comfortable and satisfied with the experience.

I work alongside Linda Brownlie at Milk & Therapy, 960 Anlaby Road, Hull. For more information please email me at christine@letobirththerapies.co.uk.


Opportunities to become a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter or Doula

The Goodwin Trust are always looking for local mums to become Breastfeeding Peer Supporters or Doula’s (offering support to local pregnant women in the final stages of pregnancy and labour).

Intakes are twice a year in April and October. If you are interested please get in touch with The Goodwin Trust by emailing gsharp@goodwintrust.org.


Vanessa Long – Ayurvedic Practitioner, Doula & Coach

A Hull based Pregnancy and Postpartum Coach, Ayurvedic Practitioner, birth and postpartum doula, Vanessa has been running both her businesses helping women to live more conscious healthy lives for the last 10 years.  She guides women confidently and peacefully through their pregnancy, birth and into the first year of motherhood using the timeless, complete and unchanging wisdom of nature, combined with modern day birthing and mothering.  If you want to feel more in in harmony and balance with your health, pregnancy, family and partner then I can help you with a bespoke programme of holistic care. Book a treatment, come to a natural pregnancy or postpartum care workshop, consider hiring a birth and/or post natal doula and let me take the stress out of what can be, a challenging but hugely transforming journey.

For more information – Call: 07908 612271 or Email: info@ayurvedamama.co.uk