Websites you may find of use:
The Positive Birth Movement is a brilliant resource for reading about positive birth stories, the more you hear, read and see positive birth experiences the more you will feel positive about your own upcoming birth.
Doula UK can help you find a Doula if you feel having one would be of benefit to you.
Birth Pool In A Box: I can personally recommend them! So easy to set up, fill and deflate and comfortable!
Independant Midwives UK: If you need to find an Independant Midwife (private midwife) this is the best place to start.
AIMS Association for Improvement in the Maternity Services, a brilliant resource for inforation (see Top Tips and FAQ section)
Spinning babies for help with breech and babies who are back to back.
Birthrights is the UK’s only organisation dedicated to improving women’s experience of pregnancy and childbirth by promoting respect for human rights.
La Leche League for breastfeeding support
Aromatherapist: Apothecary Oils For your Hypnobirthing oils and bespoke blended oils based at Cedar Farm Mawdesley. Please ring before you go as Naomi (specialist) likes to get things ready for an expectant mum’s visit.
Bowen: Caroline at Southport Bowen Therapy. I have been a big fan of Bowen both during pregnancy and for day to day health benefits. Both of my children also benefited after they were born. Caroline is also a Reiki Master!
http://www.southportbowen.com/Homeopathy: Rochelle at Southport Homeopathy. I’ve utilised Homeopathy in Pregnancy and for my children for a number of issues.
Placenta Encapsulation: If you’re considering having your placenta encapsulated I can recommend Hollie from Pure Placenta, she is happy to talk through all the services she provides and all the benefits you may experience from them.
Maternity and Newborn Photography: Pregnancy is such a brief time in a woman’s life and having some gorgeous photo’s to show you in all your glory will be something you should consider (I wish i had them!)
Some photographers who offer both Maternity and Newborn Shoots are:
https://www.forevergreenphotography.co.uk/ Vivienne is based in Aughton
Pregnancy Massage, Reflexology: So much to be said about self care in pregnancy and treating yourself! Diane also offers Reflexology in Pregnancy and baby massage courses once baby is here! Her Facebook page is Precious Moments
Articles of interest:
“But what if……” http://www.homebirth.org.uk/whatif.htm
Safer Birth in a Barn? by Beth Barbeau –http://www.midwiferytoday.com/articles/saferbirthinabarn.asp
Out of the Laboratory: Back to the Darkened Room by Tricia Anderson
Books you may find interesting:
The Positive Birth Book: A New Approach to Pregnancy, Birth and the Early Weeks by Milli Hill (Available on Amazon, as kindle edition and paperback as well as all other usual retailers and now in a multitude of languages!) written from a really unique perspective and worth a read. Packed with useful information and tips to help you feel more prepared, empowered and positive about your pregnancy and birth.
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth – Ina May Gaskin