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Antenatal classes and groups

 One way to get the most out of your pregnancy is to join an antenatal class. Not only will you have a laugh at your ever expanding waistlines, compare notes and share your hopes and fears (and heartburn remedies!) but being around other pregnant women is a real bonding experience. 

 NHS Parent Education
For a complete programme of sessions and events run at Helme Chase and organised by the NHS  please click here   

Hypnobirthing Classes

It is amazing that there is such a wealth of experience and choice available in the area!

Emily Sheppard - Hypnobirthing Haven
KG Hypnobirthing is a complete, in-depth, antenatal and relaxation programme providing you with the tools and knowledge for a relaxed, empowered and informed birth, where ever and however that may be. It is logical, simple, practical.... and VERY EFFECTIVE! It enables you to work with your body and gives you the confidence to trust that your body is completely capable of giving birth as that is what it is designed to do!  

Hypnobirthing puts YOU in charge so your baby can be born calm and alert as nature intended, able to bond with you quickly and settle into healthy sleeping and feeding patterns.

Too often we have been programmed throughout our lives with a negative pre-conception of pain in childbirth from books, media, films and even the stories of the people around us. Hypnobirthing is all about dispelling these negative mis-conceptions, releasing any fear and changing the way you think and feel about birth into positivity and even excitement.

To find out more and to download the first chapter of the book for free visit www.hypnobirthinghaven.co.uk
Or if you would like to enquire or book a course call Emily 07738218659 or email hypnobirthinghaven@outlook.com

You can also find me on facebook: https://en-gb.facebook.com/HypnobirthingHaven/


Janet Naylor - Hypnobirthing Cumbria
07414 071199

Exercise/Relaxation Classes

Yoga Bloom

Yoga Bloom offers pregnancy and post-natal yoga classes and workshops at La Vida yoga studio in Market Street, Ulverston.
The next six-week block of pregnancy yoga begins Friday June 15.
Friday classes are held from 6.30pm to 8.15pm.
Each course costs £48, including a cuppa at the start of each session and a free pregnancy yoga guide.

If you aren't able to attend weekly classes but would like to learn more about how yoga can prepare you for a healthy pregnancy and confident birth, you may wish to attend a pregnancy and birth preparation workshop.

The next pregnancy yoga workshop will be held at La Vida on Saturday July 28, from 9am to noon. The next birth preparation workshop will be held at La Vida on Saturday August 4, from 9am to noon. Each workshop costs £35, or book both for £55.

Classes and workshops are suitable for all women following their 12-week scan until your due date. If you have any serious complications please contact me to enquire if a one-to-one session may be more suitable.

Once your baby has arrived, you can join the parent and baby yoga class, suitable from after your six week check until just before baby is crawling.

The class runs every Tuesday, 12.30pm to 2pm, including time for a cuppa and chat. Each class is £8, and booking is essential.

To book a class, course or workshop go to www.lavidayogauk.net.
For more information about Yoga Bloom see www.yogabloom.co.uk email info@yogabloom.co.uk or call Nicola Vogler on 07779 728861. Facebook:  www.facebook.com/yogabloomuk/

Aqua Natal

Pregnant woman doing aquanatalKendal Leisure Centre, Burton Rd, Kendal, LA9 7HX
Tel: 01539 729777

    Mondays 9-9:45am
    Exercise in water is a fun way to stay active and fit during pregnancy.
    It's lots of fun!
    Midwife instructors
    Meet other mums to be
    Tone your body
    It's only the price of a swim - curently £4.20
    You don't need to book, just turn up
    Can attend from 16 weeks pregnant

Contact Helme Chase Maternity Unit for more information
Tel: 01539 795375

Yoga in Pregnancy
Lakes Leisure, Burton Rd, Kendal, LA9 7HX
Tel: 01539 729777
Yoga course specially designed for pregnancy and led by a qualified instructor. Includes simple postures, relaxation and breathing techniques.

Pregnancy Yoga with Nicola Vogler at yogabloom


Expecting Twins, Triplets or More?

TAMBA is the national twins and multiple births association.  They run one day antenatal courses specially for parents expecting more than one baby.  The nearest courses to us are in Altrincham, but it may be something that you feel is worth travelling for.  Whether or not you wish to travel to their antenatal courses, their website hosts a range of resources that you may find useful. 

What you'll really benefit from is chatting with other parents of multiples.  There is a twins and multiples group that meets fortnightly on Tuesday mornings at  St Thomas' Church, Kendal.  You'd be very welcome to go along there whilst pregnant and meet with parents who have already been through it.
Kendal Twins Group
Venue: St Thomas' Church, Kendal
Contact: Charlotte Rowley at kendaltwinsgroup@outlook.com
Time: 10:30am-12pm on alternate Tuesdays
Cost: £1.50

Another way of connecting with local parents is through the Lune Valley Twins and Triplets facebook group.

If you know of any antenatal classes not featured here we would be pleased to hear from you. Send the details to abi@babymaze.co.uk