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Simply browse below for information on resources that will support you further in your practice and studies.
Association of breastfeeding mothers
The ABM was founded in 1979 to support breastfeeding mothers and nurture families. We answer calls to the National Breastfeeding Helpline. We provide easily-accessible online training in breastfeeding support for mums, families, health professionals and anyone who works with new families and wants to learn how to support breastfeeding.
Our volunteers offer breastfeeding support online through webchat and in face-to-face settings across the UK. Our training courses are designed and led by lactation consultants and experienced breastfeeding counsellors. We offer an information library of online and offline resources and membership with regular magazine and discounts. Visit the ABM website.
Association of Radical Midwives
We are midwives, student midwives and others committed to improving maternity services both in the UK and Internationally. We strongly believe that all women have the right to a service tailored to their needs and preferences, as well as the right to supportive, kind, and empathic maternity professionals.
We are both a support and a campaigning group; supporting each other to nurture our midwifery vision, and campaigning to see this vision implemented. Whilst a few members work independently in order to give total continuity of care, most members are striving to improve women’s experience within the NHS. Visit the website, Facebook or Twitter profiles.
B!RTH is a unique project which uses theatre to raise awareness and provoke debate on a global scale around the vast maternal health inequality affecting women worldwide. With 7 plays from 7 countries by 7 female playwrights, the B!RTH plays cover themes such as choice, the overmedicalisation of childbirth, obstetric fistula, refugees and migration, sexual violence, sterilisation and racial inequality.
All of the plays are now available to download and use free as an educational resource, alongside a specially designed toolkit, to create learning, discussion and debate around these vital issues. The purpose of the project is ultimately to provoke debate with those in a position to create change through policy or funding. Visit the website.
The Brussels Childbirth Trust
The BCT is a member-based not-for-profit social and support network for families and parents-to-be in Belgium offering pre-and postnatal services and parenting resources in English.
Services provided range from pregnancy information evenings and prenatal courses to First Aid for Parents classes, from weekly playgroups to mum-and-baby meet-ups and family events. Twice a year a second-hand sale for maternity and children items is being organised and a bi-monthly magazine features parenting and life in Belgium related news and articles.
New families in all stages of life, whether pregnant, with a new baby, toddler or school children are welcome throughout the year. Visit their website or Facebook page.
Community Practitioner/s and Health Visitors Association
The Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association (CPHVA) is the UK’s leading professional organisation for health visitors, school nurses, nursery nurses and other community nurses working in primary care.
Community Practitioner is the journal of the CPHVA. Members receive the publication for free, across 10 issues per year, and it provides up-to-date news, views, analysis and research on topical subjects and matters affecting their profession.
The journal, which has recently been redesigned, includes member submitted content and regular articles including ‘News in numbers’, ‘The big question’, ‘24 hours with’, and ‘Professional pause’, as well an abridged research paper, with the full version available online. Visit their website.
Expectancy provides a unique range of accredited complementary therapy courses to help midwives and students incorporate aromatherapy, acupuncture, reflexology, hypnotherapy, moxibustion and “natural induction” into standard maternity care.
We offer programmes to prepare midwives to work in private practice, with business support and mentoring via our Licensed Consultancy scheme.
We also offer a Doula Certificate in Maternity Complementary Therapies. Courses are held in London, or we can deliver on your own premises, in the UK and overseas. Our Education Director, Denise Tiran, is an internationally-renowned authority on maternity complementary therapies and Fellow of the Royal College of Midwives. Visit their website.
Group B Strep Support
Group B Strep Support (GBSS) is the UK charity working to stop group B Strep (GBS) infection in newborn babies, We inform health professionals and individuals how to prevent GBS infection in babies, offer information and support to families and health professionals affected by GBS, campaign for improvements to UK strategies for preventing GBS infection, and generate continued support for research into better prevention of GBS infection in babies.
Supported by a respected medical advisory panel, GBSS provides free information materials for new and expectant parents affected by group B Strep and their health professionals, UK-wide. Visit their website.
SafeHands for Mothers
SafeHands for Mothers uses the power of visual storytelling to inform, transform, and empower women and men around the world to demand improved access to sexual and reproductive health services and rights.
Working with global, national, and local partners, we produce hard-hitting documentaries about issues like maternal health, female genital mutilation, menstrual taboo and stigma, and child marriage.
Started by award winning photographer, Nancy Durrell McKenna, SafeHands tells the personal stories of communities and advocates fighting to ensure that every pregnancy and childbirth is safe and everyone’s wellbeing is valued. Visit their website and YouTube channel.