Sweet Wrappers has a book lending library, available at The Monday Drop-In, or you can contact Marianne to make an appointment to collect a book from her home in Haywards Heath at another time.

Click here for our list of useful links and a local directory of bump, birth and baby services.

Links and Local Directory

Some of these links are directly about carrying babies and children; others are related more broadly to pregnancy, birth, babies and beyond.  Do scroll down and take a look!


Information about Carrying Babies and Children

Carrying Matters

Run and written by author of ‘Why Babywearing Matters’, Dr Rosie Knowles, the Sheffield Sling Surgery website is an excellent source of information on all aspects of carrying.  A highly recommended read!  Look under ‘Get Started’ to find a great list of articles.

The Sling Pages

The ‘Yellow Pages’ of the sling world!  Search for sling libraries, meets, retailers and consultants in your local area.

Sling and Carrier Retailers

We’ve listed some of the sling and carrier retailers we recommend on the link above.


Breastfeeding Support in Mid Sussex

Sweet Wrappers’ Monday Drop-In hosts weekly breastfeeding support from our rotating team of volunteers.  Click here for further details.  

Other Breastfeeding Support in Mid Sussex

 NHS Breastfeeding Drop-ins across Mid Sussex 

In addition to those listed on the link, there is also a Breastfeeding Drop-in at Princess Royal Hospital ante-natal clinic, Haywards Heath, Wednesdays 1:30-3:30pm.

La Leche League West Sussex

Monthly meetings in Hassocks, Horsham and Chichester.  See website for other support, including lending library of breastfeeding books.

Mid Sussex NCT

Breastfeeding Peer Supporters attend some of their weekly events, Bumps, Babes and Toddlers in Haywards Heath on Mondays, and Fumbles in Burgess Hill on Fridays.  For up-to-date info, to confirm before travelling, see their Events page on Facebook (link above).

Birth, Baby and You

Lactation Consultant and Midwife Dee Bell is based in Brighton and covers the area up to Haywards Heath for breastfeeding support and tongue tie assessment and division.  Dee also runs First Aid Courses for parents and carers.

Julie Williams – O’Reiki Therapies

Julie Williams, IBCLC Lactation Consultant, offers reflexology, reiki and a combined reflexology/lactation treatment package.  Julie is based in Cuckfield.

The Nest Breastfeeding Support in Sussex

Alexis Ozmen, Breastfeeding Counsellor, offers free drop-ins and paid-for private support.


Breastfeeding Information

Biological Nurturing

Information on ‘laid-back breastfeeding’.

Kelly Mom

Kelly Mom provides evidence-based advice on breastfeeding.  It’s run by an IBLC Lactation Consultant in the USA.

The Breastfeeding Network

Lots of useful info on breastfeeding, including printable leaflets for parents and health professionals.

The Association of Breastfeeding Mothers

Breastfeeding information site, plus ABM BREASTFEEDING HELPLINE: 0300 330 5453

La Leche League UK

LLL’s mission is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, education, information, and encouragement and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and the mother.   LLL BREASTFEEDING HELPLINE: 0345 120 2918


Birth Preparation in Mid Sussex

Mellow Mumma Hypnobirthing

Georgie offers comprehensive hypnobirthing courses and two versions of her wonderful Defrazzle sessions; for pregnancy and for mums with babies.  Mid Sussex and Brighton.

The Wise Hippo Sussex Hypnobirthing

Joanna is an experienced midwife and clinical hypnotherapist who offers a comprehensive hypnobirthing four week programme.  Joanna is a mother of twins and a specialist in supporting families with twins or more.

LushTums offer nourishing and active classes in Pregnancy Yoga, Birth Preparation, Postnatal Yoga, Women’s Yoga & also Doula services. A welcoming and supportive space for all women, whether it’s your first pregnancy or if you’ve been here before!

A Bumps A Baby 

Birth preparation classes from a team of experienced midwives

Mid Sussex Home Birth Group

A group of parents who have had or planned home births and birth professionals working for positive birth experiences.  Monthy meetings to provide support for expectant parents either planning a home birth or just exploring it as an option.   In addition to the website, find Mid Sussex Home Birth Group on Facebook


Birth and Postnatal Doulas in and around Mid Sussex

Marianne Sawford – Postnatal Doula

Marianne offers postnatal doula support in Haywards Heath

Naomi Kemeny – Birth and Postnatal Doula

Based in Forest Row and covering Sussex, East Surrey and West Kent

Lauren Daly – Calm Embrace ~ Birth and Postnatal Doula

Based in Hassocks and covering the area an hour’s drive from there, Lauren offers birth and postnatal doula services.

Lydia Retusch-Webb ~ Your Birth Choice ~ Birth and Postnatal Doula

Birth and Post-natal doula services, based in East Grinstead and covering surrounding areas.

Sally Cropper ~ Doula Care ~ Birth and Postnatal Doula

Birth & Postnatal Doula Services and Placenta Encapsulation Specialist in East & West Sussex

Jil Wild~ Birth and Postnatal Doula

Doula Services, Reflexology, Placenta Encapsulation & Breastfeeding Preparation Courses

Lucy Baena ~ Postnatal Doula

Postnatal Doula based in Brighton and covering surrounding areas.

Gemma Harvey ~ Birth and Postnatal Doula

Birth and postnatal doula for East and West Sussex and the Kent borders, Gemma offers a range of additional services including postnatal food delivery, placenta remedies, and sacred postnatal healing, closing the bones, and more.

Eva Bay ~ Birth and Postnatal Doula

Eva is based in Brighton and covers parts of East and West Sussex.

Find a Doula in Mid Sussex

Many of the doulas in Mid Sussex are listed on this page.


Other Baby and Toddler Services in and around Mid Sussex

Sootheababy Baby Massage

With Registered Midwife, Sarah Syms

Find a BabyCalm or ToddlerCalm Consultant

Evidence-based workshops and private consultations for parents, covering life with a newborn baby, sleep, weaning, play, toddler tantrums and more.