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
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 ‘Yellow Pages’ of the sling world! Search for sling libraries, meets, retailers and consultants in your local area.
We’ve listed some of the sling and carrier retailers we recommend on the link above.
Breastfeeding Support in Mid Sussex
Other Breastfeeding Support in 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.
Monthly meetings in Hassocks, Horsham and Chichester. See website for other support, including lending library of breastfeeding books. Also see the LLL West Sussex Facebook page
Monthly meetings in Forest Row. Also see the LLL East Sussex Facebook page
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).
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, IBCLC Lactation Consultant, offers reflexology, reiki and a combined reflexology/lactation treatment package. Julie is based in Cuckfield.
Alexis Ozmen, Breastfeeding Counsellor, offers free drop-ins and paid-for private support.
Information on ‘laid-back breastfeeding’.
Kelly Mom provides evidence-based advice on breastfeeding. It’s run by an IBLC Lactation Consultant in the USA.
Lots of useful info on breastfeeding, including printable leaflets for parents and health professionals.
Breastfeeding information site, plus ABM BREASTFEEDING HELPLINE: 0300 330 5453
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
Georgie offers comprehensive hypnobirthing courses and two versions of her wonderful Defrazzle sessions; for pregnancy and postntal mums, from her beautiful venue, ‘Breathing Space’ in Bolney.
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!
Birth preparation classes from a team of experienced midwives
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 offers postnatal doula support in Haywards Heath
Based in Forest Row and covering Sussex, East Surrey and West Kent
Based in Hassocks and covering the area an hour’s drive from there, Lauren offers birth and postnatal doula services.
Birth and Post-natal doula services, based in East Grinstead and covering surrounding areas.
Birth & Postnatal Doula Services and Placenta Encapsulation Specialist in East & West Sussex
Doula Services, Reflexology, Placenta Encapsulation & Breastfeeding Preparation Courses
Postnatal Doula based in Brighton and covering surrounding areas.
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 is based in Brighton and covers parts of East and West Sussex, offering antenatal, birth and postnatal support, shamanic drumming for pregnancy and birth, plus ceremonies relating to motherhood including, Mother’s blessings, closing the bones ceremonies and naming ceremonies.
Many of the doulas in Mid Sussex are listed on this page.
Other Pregnancy and Postnatal Services in and around Mid Sussex
With Registered Midwife, Sarah Syms
Evidence-based workshops and private consultations for parents, covering life with a newborn baby, sleep, weaning, play, toddler tantrums and more.
Caroline Telfer, Holistic Core Restore® Coach and Soft Tissue Therapist, offers postnatal classes for core strength and pelvic floor health.