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Local antenatal groups - Lancaster and Morecambe

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NCT classes      Hypnobirthing classes      Exercise/relaxation     Expecting twins or more?


One way to get the most out of your pregnancy is to join an antenatal class. Not only will you have a laugh at your ever expanding waistlines, compare notes and share your hopes and fears (and heartburn remedies!) but being around other pregnant women is a real bonding experience. 

 NHS Parent Education
For a complete programme of sessions and events organised by University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust please click here   

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NCT Antenatal Classes

NCT has 60 years experience in supporting new mums and dads so you can rely on our courses to support you through pregnancy, birth and your new life as a parent. Although NCT courses are friendly and relaxed, we take your support seriously. That’s why all NCT courses provide evidence-based information to help you make the best decisions for you and your family. All NCT courses are led by specially trained and experienced practitioners who understand what matters to new mums and dads. Plus, every NCT course gives you the opportunity to meet other parents in your area. Concessions and discounts available for parents in receipt of benefits or on lower incomes.  The Lancaster & Morecambe branch classes are run by Suzi, an experienced antenatal teacher and mother of two. She is passionate about giving parents-to-be all the info they need to feel confident as they enter parenthood. Her classes cover labour, birth, parenting and baby development - providing information and learning opportunities as well as time for discussion and exploration of ideas

Heather says: NCT classes with Suzi were brilliant. Unbiased and a good mixture of the physiological and emotional aspects of labour and the first few weeks. Best thing was the friends we made though, our babies have just turned 1 and we still see each other regularly. NHS classes were brilliant for education but was more like a classroom.

find out more at: nct.org.uk/signature
book on using: bookings2b@nct.org.uk

Hypnobirthing Classes

It is amazing that there is such a wealth of experience and choice available in the area!

Emily Sheppard - Hypnobirthing Haven
KG Hypnobirthing is a complete, in-depth, antenatal and relaxation programme providing you with the tools and knowledge for a relaxed, empowered and informed birth, where ever and however that may be. It is logical, simple, practical.... and VERY EFFECTIVE! It enables you to work with your body and gives you the confidence to trust that your body is completely capable of giving birth as that is what it is designed to do!  

Hypnobirthing puts YOU in charge so your baby can be born calm and alert as nature intended, able to bond with you quickly and settle into healthy sleeping and feeding patterns.

Too often we have been programmed throughout our lives with a negative pre-conception of pain in childbirth from books, media, films and even the stories of the people around us. Hypnobirthing is all about dispelling these negative mis-conceptions, releasing any fear and changing the way you think and feel about birth into positivity and even excitement.

To find out more and to download the first chapter of the book for free visit www.hypnobirthinghaven.co.uk
Or if you would like to enquire or book a course call Emily 07738218659 or email hypnobirthinghaven@outlook.com

You can also find me on facebook: https://en-gb.facebook.com/HypnobirthingHaven/

Jean Anderson - Hypnobirthing
0791 3389009

Caroline Thompson - The Bump Business
07851 244 381

Exercise/Relaxation Classes

Empower Mums
Pregnancy & Post-Natal Exercise Specialists
Contact: gabicrossley@gmail.com   www.facebook.com/empowermumsuk
** Online programs coming soon**

Mummy2Be courses are pregnancy specific group movement & exercise sessions tailored to your developing body from 12weeks through until you give birth.  Great way to meet other Mummy’s whilst we:
•    Help you strengthen your body for labour and life as a Mummy
•    Co-ordinate your core systems and pelvic floor function to create the optimal environment for a natural birth and recovery afterward
•    Give you strategies to prevent, or combat, common aches often associated with pregnancy (such as Pelvic Girdle Pain - PGP, sciatic pain, back ache, diastasis abdominal separation, pelvic floor dysfunction, gestational diabetes, etc)
•    Improve your cardio vascular fitness for labour and the demands of pregnancy
•    Increase your ability to relax through breath work
•    Learn our specialist labour-specific birth routine from 35weeks
•    Boost your energy and endorphins throughout pregnancy to help you feel great!
•    Encourage healthy habits benefitting you and your baby long-term

We also offer Personal Training to help you safely and effectively train with the desired intensity whilst optimizing your developing pregnant body, or for complaints requiring individual attention to benefit most.  
Check out our 4th Trimester Program for after the birth too!  

Yoga Bloom

Yoga Bloom offers pregnancy and post-natal yoga classes and workshops at La Vida yoga studio in Market Street, Ulverston.
Pregnancy yoga classes run in 6 week blocks.
Friday classes are held from 6.30pm to 8.15pm.
Each course costs £48, including a cuppa at the start of each session and a free pregnancy yoga guide.

If you aren't able to attend weekly classes but would like to learn more about how yoga can prepare you for a healthy pregnancy and confident birth, you may wish to attend a pregnancy and birth preparation workshop.

Classes and workshops are suitable for all women following their 12-week scan until your due date. If you have any serious complications please contact me to enquire if a one-to-one session may be more suitable.

Once your baby has arrived, you can join the parent and baby yoga class, suitable from after your six week check until just before baby is crawling.

The class runs every Tuesday, 12.30pm to 2pm, including time for a cuppa and chat. Each class is £8, and booking is essential.

To book a class, course or workshop go to www.lavidayogauk.net.
For more information about Yoga Bloom see www.yogabloom.co.uk email info@yogabloom.co.uk or call Nicola Vogler on 07779 728861. Facebook:  www.facebook.com/yogabloomuk/


Aquanatal at Salt Ayre
Pregnant woman doing aquanatalClasses are designed for pregnant women so expect gentle stretching rather than a full-on workout. This type of exercise can help to keep you supple throughout your pregnancy.
Venue: Salt Ayre Sports Centre, Doris Henderson Way, Salt Ayre Lane, Lancaster, LA1 5JS
When? every Thursday 7pm-7.55pm
Cost: £3.60
Stephanie Lowe, community midwife, tel 583867 or contact Salt Ayre pool on 01524 847540
Everyone welcome! Come along and give it a try after your 20 wk scan.  It is midwife led (aqua trained midwife) We have use of the small pool.  Free parking at this venue.

Pregnancy Yoga with Aurea Kelvin
07779 232866

Pregnancy Yoga with Nicola Garrett
07872 517336

Soul Meditation for pregnancy 1:1
Toni Fraser Brennand

Expecting Twins, Triplets or More?

TAMBA is the national twins and multiple births association.  They run one day antenatal courses specially for parents expecting more than one baby.  The nearest courses to us are in Altrincham, but it may be something that you feel is worth travelling for.  Whether or not you wish to travel to their antenatal courses, their website hosts a range of resources that you may find useful. 

What you'll really benefit from is chatting with other parents of multiples.  There is a twins and multiples group that meets fortnightly.  You'd be very welcome to go along there whilst pregnant and meet with parents who have already been through it.   Join the Lune Valley Twins and Triplets facebook group for info on venue and dates. 


Other Groups

Bumps, Babes & Beyond - Mondays
Venue: Lancaster Methodist Church, Scotforth Road LA1 4TE
Time: 10am-12noon
Cost: £2 (includes refreshments) -
For bumps and babies and toddlers. Meet other mums-to-be and parents with young babies in a friendly environment. This group is run by the local NCT branch but you don't have to be a member to come along. We run every Monday except Bank Holidays including school holidays.

Lancaster Birth Support Group
The Tara Centre - first Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm
email birthingathome@gmail.com
Birth pools for hire at £25 for five weeks (37-42),supply your own liner- contact Jean (07913 389009).

"The group is self-organised and open to all women (and their partners, mothers etc). If you are expecting your first, second, third... child, or even if you are not pregnant but simply want to talk about choices in childbirth: home birth; water birth; natural birth after caesarean; gentle
caesarean; pain relief options, please come along. If you’re a mum who’s had a water birth, please come and share your top tips!

There are toys to keep small children happy as well as tea, coffee, cold drinks and cake (£1). Mums wishing to share their experiences either at the group or by providing testimonials to share with expectant parents are also welcome.

If you know of any antenatal classes not featured here we would be pleased to hear from you. Send the details to abi@babymaze.co.uk