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Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
The NMC safeguards the health and wellbeing of the public by continually regulating, reviewing and promoting nursing and midwifery standards.

Royal College of Midwives (RCM)
The RCM is the only professional organisation and trade union run by midwives for midwives. It is the voice of midwifery, providing excellence in professional leadership, education, influence and representation for and on behalf of midwives.

Independent Midwives Association (IMA)
Independent Midwives are fully qualified midwives who, in order to practice the midwife's role to its fullest extent, have chosen to work outside the NHS in a self employed capacity, although we support its aims and ideals. The midwife's role encompasses the care of women during pregnancy, birth and afterwards. Information includes explanation of role of Independent Midwives, provides a directory of Independent Midwifery practices throughout the UK and campaigns and issues.

Association of Radical Midwives (ARM)
Primarily a support group for people having difficulty obtaining or receiving good, sympathetic, personalised midwifery care. Contains archives with interesting articles on midwifery and birth choices.

Midwives Information and Resource Service (MIDIRS)
International information resource, relating to childbirth and infancy

MIDIRS informed choice, a range of evidence based topics outlining your childbirth choices, which can be downloaded from the web.

Association for Improvements in Maternity Services (AIMS)
Provide independent support, information and encouragement about your maternity choices, working towards normal birth and raising awareness of current research on childbirth and related issues

Home Birth Reference Site
The aim of this site is not to persuade you to choose home birth. Instead, to provide information about home birth, for parents who think that it might be the right choice for them and for health professionals looking for facts and ideas.
Gentle Birth Site
The Gentle birth site is dedicated to providing information that will help families have the best birth possible - a safe, gentle, positive birth experience that supports happy, healthy families.

Caesarean Birth and VBAC Information
A site offering research based information and support on all aspects of caesareans and vaginal birth following caesarean section.

Birth Choice UK
Maternity statistics and contact details of all UK maternity units are listed. Explains some options and information to help you make choices

Birth Trauma Association (BTA)
Mothers who wish to support other women who have suffered difficult births who aim to offer advice and support to all women who are finding it hard to cope with their childbirth experience.

Shelia Kitzinger
Explore the experiences Shelia has learned from women’s’ experiences and her research as a social anthropologist on aspects of pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding from women around the world.

With Woman
Celebrating birth, this site shares interesting articles and experiences on birth, includes birth art, birth stories and poetry.

A comprehensive, up-to-date, source of information on vaccines, disease and immunisation in the UK.

Women’s Health Information
Research based articles giving an informed medical perspective on pregnancy, labour and birth.
(Green, Recycled, Organic, Ethical) is a registered natural parenting charity that promotes information to new mums through a free annual magazine and website of the same name. The magazine goes out to mothers-to-be, via their midwives and also other outlets. The BabyGROE magazine is a 52 page full colour, A5 magazine produced in 20 regional variations covering the whole of the mainland UK. BabyGROE exists to promote the use of real nappies, the practice of breastfeeding and other nature-friendly parenting techniques. Publications can be downloaded or viewed on the website.

Natural Parenting
A resource for parents Includes; natural birth, breastfeeding and family life and articles that offer helpful ideas and suggestions concerning the many challenges that parents are faced with.

La Leche League GB
Friendly, mother-to-mother breastfeeding support, from pregnancy through to weaning.

Acupuncture - Sandra Ah-Peng
UK trained and a member of the British Acupuncture Council. I practise in and around Milton Keynes, and also offer home visits. Although my practice is general, my speciality is treating pain, stress and pregnancy. I was lucky to receive acupuncture treatment during my own pregnancy and to experience a wonderful homebirth. Having seen the clear benefits of keeping things as natural as possible, I can only say that acupuncture is fantastic and ideally suited during pregnancy! My most popular treatments have been pre-birth acupuncture, teaching couples acupressure during labour, musculo-skeletal complaints (typically lower back, sciatica and hip pain) and turning breech babies.
Hypnotherapist - Emily Heale MIAH
Use hypnosis for a happier, calmer, more relaxed childbirth experience. Hypnotherapy can help you with childbirth fears and worries before the birth and allow you to feel more in control during labour itself. A programme of 4 sessions incorporates positive visualisation and suggestions whilst in hypnosis to encourage relaxation and alter your perception of the birth. Expectant mums are also taught self hypnosis techniques – easier to master than you make think!

Reflexology - Kelly Holman M.A.R.
Many women choose to have reflexology during their pregnancy and find it beneficial. At The Sunflower House, Kelly Holman offers gentle, effective reflexology to promote wellbeing, relax and nurture you. Kelly offers a package of treatments, tailor made, specifically for mothers to be. Baby Massage & Baby Yoga can be particularly beneficial for babies or parents with extra needs. Through running these courses Laura aims to offer a chance to all parents and carers the opportunity for real bonding time with their baby. They are designed to nurture your baby’s development and promote parent relaxation, empowerment and a chance to meet other parents. Please contact Laura to chat about her classes or one-to-one sessions and how they could help your baby. Phone: 07531 170205, Email:


Domestic Violence Intervention Services
Tel: 0844 375 4307
Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm

Police Emergency 999

Thames valley Police (24 hours) 0845 8505 505

National Domestic Violence
Helpline (24 hour free phone) 0808 2000 247

Social Services (Out of hours) 01908 265545

Police Domestic Abuse Unit 01908 276103

MK Council Homeless Team 01908 253481

Relate 01908 310010

Milton Keynes Council 01908 691691

Shiatsu - Wendy Francis
Shiatsu helps you tune into your body as it prepares for the great adventure. It deals with ‘complaints’ of pregnancy, helps get baby in a good position for labour, helps with the pain and puts you in touch with your baby. It is particularly good for other conditions such as back pain, headaches, joint pain, digestive problems, insomnia, stress or depression.

Childbirth Educator - Tamara Donn
Hertfordshire Holistic Health Centre, Kings Langley, Hertfordshire.
Prepare for the rite of passage into motherhood in a conscious, intuitive and empowering way. Workshops include: Preconception, Early Pregnancy, Holistic Childbirth, Preparation and Birth Art Café for pregnant woman, new mums and birth professionals.
Yoga for body and mind - Sandy Sinclair
I will take you through the whole birth process and teach you Breathing techniques, various Postures for active birthing, Visualisations, Relaxation and Meditation techniques (enables a positive mind set to be maintained) as well as massage techniques.
Preparing together will enable you both to have the optimum ‘Birthing Experience.

ARC offers information and support to parents who are: Making decisions before, during and after the antenatal testing process; told that their unborn baby has an abnormality; having to make difficult decisions about continuing the pregnancy; having to make difficult decisions about ending the pregnancy.
ARC acts as the national voice: Representing the views of parents in Parliament, the media, government bodies and the NHS and using parents' experience to influence professional practice through training, talks, conferences and networking.

Active Baby Company Ltd
ABC-Swim: We believe that it’s never too early to learn to swim. By bringing your baby to an Infant aquatics class your baby will learn to develop their natural instincts in the water as well as have fun!
ABC-Massage: Our fully qualified massage teacher can teach you a life long skill and enable you to confidently massage your baby!

The Birthlight Trust is an educational charity that promotes an integrated, holistic approach to pregnancy, birth and babyhood and pioneering work in the field of baby swimming.

Touch-Learn are a training company specialising in Infant Massage teacher training courses.

Netmums is a local network for mums and is aimed at helping them enjoy being a mum. Whether you're looking for a local parent and toddler group, pre-school or childcare, looking for somewhere new to take the kids or would like to make some new friends in your area, Netmums has the answer.

This is a dedicated website explaining Health in Pregnancy Grant (HiPG) to healthcare professionals and mums to be.

The Health in Pregnancy Grant is a one off payment of £190 available to pregnant women between the 25th week of pregnancy and their expected due date. The grant is paid as a one-off lump sum and the mother may choose what she spends it on – taking into account any advice from her midwife. The forms are issued by your GP or Midwife. Pregnant women whose expected delivery date is on or after 6th April 2009 are now able to make a claim, with their payments arriving towards the end of April. Women who have an expected delivery date before 6th April 2009 are not eligible to make a claim and unfortunately any forms submitted will be denied.

Child Trust Fund (CTF)
If you’ve had a baby recently, you’ll have received a special voucher to open a CTF account for them. It’s a great way to save for your child’s future, so if you’re not sure what to do, don’t let it put you off – there’s lots of information available to help you. Phone the helpline on 0845 302 1470 (8am to 8pm, 7 days a week) for leaflets with more information.

Child Benefit
If your child has just been born, you should have received a claim form in your 'Bounty Pack' from the hospital. You can also download a claim form from HM Revenue & Customs website.

Child Tax Credit
Families with children can claim Child Tax Credit if their income is no more than £58,175 a year (up to £66,350 if you have a child under one). The amount you get depends on various things, including your annual income.

Working Families
Working Families helps children, working parents, carers and their employers find a better balance between responsibilities at home and work. By operating in the real world of pragmatic advice and practical solutions, we are making our vision a reality.

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