Resources and Recommendations
Local pregnancy and parenting-related services
As a parent and a childbirth educator, I'm familiar with a range of services and resources in the local area. Here are a few of my recommendations. Please note that this is all based on my personal views and those of people I have worked with. As with any service, please do inform yourself and take a look at the websites and reviews so that you can make up your own mind.
These sessions, taking place at the Royal Free Rec Centre, offer a holistic programme of breath work, postures, movement and relaxation suited to all stages of pregnancy, from 16 weeks onwards. Jay is lovely, warm and welcoming and her classes are hugely popular. Tuesdays: 6.20 - 7.35pm.
Music for babies and toddlers
This was always my favourite activity to do with my daughters when they were young. Old Time Nursery is a free session that takes place at Heath Street Baptist Church twice a week. Anywhere between 1-4 musicians, all playing a range of instruments (banjo, double bass, tin whistle, the spoons etc): great tunes for everyone to enjoy.
Gorgeous, natural fine art quality photographs of your new baby. Rosalind takes the most beautiful, unstaged, documentary-style images and is accustomed to working in a child-led manner. She can provide digital prints or wonderful keepsake albums.
Lovely gentle, relaxing prenatal massages in a welcoming setting in NW6. The perfect way to soothe any aches and pains while pregnant. Natasha also offers postnatal massage.
Sophie has specific expertise in working with women throughout their pregnancy, ensuring their body - in particular their pelvis - is functioning optimally to allow the best birth possible. She also practices and is trained in the Webster Technique. This is a specific sacral (pelvis) adjustment to help facilitate better pelvic alignment and nerve system function. This in turn balances pelvic muscles and ligaments, reducing torsion to the uterus. This technique can be very effective when a baby is in breech presentation.
Dr Sophie Rumbelow