From thinking about wanting to have a baby, to becoming pregnant and being a first time parent can be quite a journey. Your GP or information from the NHS is the first contact if you are trying to conceive or are pregnant. In addition, in Cambridge there are a huge range of antenatal classes and support.
The first few weeks and months after birth can be quite an adventure. There are still regular appointments with your midwife and GP that can help with any concerns or questions. As well as this, there are local groups, postnatal classes and support agencies too. You may also try looking at the walks, baby and postnatal, and toddler group section. Luckily most places in Cambridge are flat so it is relatively easy to push a buggy around. Here are some local and national groups that may be of some help if you need them.
National Childbirth Trust (NCT)
www.nct.org.uk/branches/cambridge This has a Cambridge branch run by volunteers and offers support for parents and those who are pregnant. It can be a good way of getting to know local parents. It runs several antenatal groups, and one for men too. And also very good nearly new sales of baby gear which could save you a fortune. Look at their website for the variety of classes here.
www.cambridge-ivf.org.uk This is a new purpose built conception unit for the region. It offers NHS and self funded treatments. Usually your GP or hospital consultant would write a letter of referral.
Cambridge Fetal Care
www.fetalcare.co.uk Offers a private service for pregnancy scanning, texting and counselling, based at the Rosie Hospital.
The Rosie Hospital at Addenbrooke’s is the main maternity service in Cambridge. You can usually choose to have your baby in a hospital, a midwife-led unit or at home, depending on your health and your pregnancy.
Robinson Way Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB2 0QQ Tel: 01223 217 617 www.cuh.org.uk/cms/rosie-hospital
Hinchingbrooke Park Hinchingbrooke Huntingdon Cambridgeshire
Cambridge University Hospital Parent Education Classes
Available for women within the Cambridge Area.
ANTENATAL GROUPS IN CAMBRIDGE
Hypnobirthing for a more comfortable birth or caesarean. Running at the Rosie Birth Centre in Cambridge, and Buckden Towers in Huntingdon, BirthSense offer the longest running birth hypnosis courses in the region.
Antenatal & Postnatal Pilates
Taught by a Specialist Women’s Health Physiotherapist
in Cambridge, Saffron Walden and Thaxted
Postnatal Pilates & Pregnancy Pilates
Vinery Road Studios, Cambridge
Pilates in Pregnancy
The Bodywise Studio in central Cambridge
Sociable friendly class that welcomes women who are new to Pilates or with previous experience. Exercises will be of varying levels to allow you to adapt to your stage of pregnancy, focusing on keeping your pelvic floor, TVA and back strong keeping you fit and healthy whilst carrying your baby. Monday mornings 10.45 – 11.45am
Joyful Birth Baby – Yoga
Satyam Yoga Centre, 2-4 Hawthorn Way, Cambridge, CB4 1AX
Pregnancy Yoga classes provide women with a safe environment in which to explore their feelings and to adapt to the changes in their bodies. It is recommended to join from 16 weeks onward and you can continue until the birth of your baby. £60 (classes are taught in 6 week blocks). www.joyfulbirthbaby.com
Yoga classes for pregnancy and beyond. It also offers baby massage and toddler yoga classes.
Aqua Yoga and Birthlight Swimming
Parkside Pool, 1 Gonville Place, Cambridge CB1 1LY
Aqua Yoga combines slow stretching with the use of breathing and relaxation as the water provides resistance for the muscles to work against. Wednesday 12.30pm – 1.30pm (term time only). Drop-in class, no need to book. £6.50 per class, payable at reception. We suggest you arrive 15 minutes beforehand to give yourself time to get ready.
Tel: 01223 446100
Cherry Hinton, Cambridge
BirthWise antenatal birth preparation classes are run by Caroline, a qualified teacher and local doula. They are a comprehensive introduction to the third trimester of pregnancy, labour and birth, and life with a newborn baby. The six week course is suitable from approximately 20 weeks of pregnancy onwards.
Bumps to Babies – Ely area
Birth Preparation, Antenatal Yoga classes and workshops, Baby Yoga classes and sling consultations in the Ely area. www.bumpstobabies.co.uk
USEFUL WEBSITES FOR SUPPORT AND ADVICE
NHS ADVICE. Your pregnancy and baby – Pregnancy and baby guide – NHS Choices
All you need to know about pregnancy, birth and looking after a baby, including trying to get pregnant, foods to avoid, breastfeeding and bottle feeding.
For pregnancy advice, mums to be and baby information, Emma’s Diary has medical advice to help you from RCGP.
NSPCC – National Society for the Protection of Children
Useful advice on preparing for parenthood. As it…
Parenting Support Centre
Lots of tips on how to cope with crying babies to teenagers.
BabyCentre is the most complete online resource for new and expectant parents featuring resources such as unique baby names, newborn baby care.
Bounty & Pregnancy & Parenthood Advice
Bounty offer support on getting pregnant, pregnancy and parenthood. Free Bounty packs are available to every reader with exclusive offers and samples.
Mumsnet – By parents for parents
Like a huge cafe – you can go on and debate or listen to other people’s stories.