Mum’s Local Directory

Finding useful and relevant local info is sometimes difficult so I have tried to collate some links that I think Birthzang parents might find helpful in and around Reading and Berkshire UK. If you’d like to be included please so email me at eleanor@birthzang.co.uk. Click on the service to jump straight to that section.

A great resource for finding pregnancy and baby services is the Maternity Network. It is a group of qualified pregnancy, birth and baby professionals in the Berkshire area. Do check out their website if you can’t find what you are looking for here.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture can be used safely throughout pregnancy to relieve many different symptoms and has had proven success with turning breech babies!

Charlotte Stean trained at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading and specialises in women’s health and pregnancy. She practices in Reading, Mortimer and Wokingham.

Alison Savory offers pregnancy acupuncture at her One Acupuncture Clinic in Crowthorne.

ACTBerks_Logo_Lo resACT Berkshire – Acupuncture for Childbirth to Conception Team Berkshire a professional network of qualified traditional acupuncturists who offer specialist treatment from conception to childbirth (i.e. fertility and pregnancy).

Breastfeeding Support

La Leche League run monthly meetings in Reading and also have a breastfeeding helpline: 0845 120 2918.

The Breastfeeding Network provide support in many locations such as baby weigh in clinics across Reading. They also run the National Breastfeeding Helpline on 0300 100 0210.

Chiropractic

Dynamic Family Chiropractic in Caversham, Reading offer chiropractic treatment for pregnancy-related, and other conditions. My association with them stems from being a very satisfied customer! Having optimal spinal and postural health is essential for a good birth. Small spinal imbalances can inhibit the path of your baby down the birth canal and Kelly-Jane Thompson and Liam McLaughlin offer specialised treatment plans tailored for pregnancy and beyond.

Doula

Shelley Smith is a Doula based in Berkshire and also offers a variety of antenatal and parenting classes to help new parents navigate this unchartered territory! She also has lots of other information about parenting, such as co-sleeping, on her website BirthNBaby.

Erika Townend is a doula based in Sandhurst, Berkshire and also offers an amazing pregnancy and birth photography service. Find her at Positive Birthing for You.

Nuria Pozas is also a lovely doula based in Reading who has a particular interest in breastfeeding. Her website is http://doulanuria.blogspot.com.

You can also find all the Doulas in the area at this fantastic website Berkshire Doulas.

Floating

Floating Point in Pangbourne have the most amazing private flotation pods that are perfect for use in pregnancy. Floating helps aches and pains, the minerals and salts in the water can relieve cramps and restless legs, and floating for just 1 hour is the equivalent of sleeping for 4 hours! Quote “Birthzang”and get 10% off your first float. Read about the benefits of floating in pregnancy here.

Homeopathy

Christine Wilson & Rebecca Hogan run Path to Parenthood,  a fantastic clinic in the Wokingham area, offering reflexology, homeopathy, nutrition, allergy testing and reiki for pre-conception, pregnancy and post-natal.

Hynobirthing

Deborah Pryn at Riverside Hypnobirthing runs hypnobirthing classes in Caversham.

Hannah Barnes runs Calm Births hypnobirthing classes in Burghfield Common

Jewellery

Kelly Brennan at The Little Print Co creates lovely jewellery with fingerprints or your kids’ doodles imprinted onto silver pendants and other jewellery. She also does bump casts.

Nurseries

Elms Montessori School & Day Nursery – Newly Built nursery in Lower Earley. Reading for ages: 6 Months- 5 Years www.elmsmontessori.co.uk 0118 467 6743

Osteopathy and Cranio-Sacral Therapy for Pregnancy and Baby

Osteopathy in pregnancy can help mitigate aches and pains and not only keeps your spine in good nick but also focuses on your limbs (great for carpal-tunnel syndrome!).

Julian Hearne at Hearne Osteo offers treatments for mums and babies, and has a very good track record with cranio-sacral osteopathy on babies.

Carol Baker at Trinitas Osteopathic Clinic also offers osteopathy to women through fertility, pregnancy and postnatally.

Placenta Encapsulation

Linda Cook and Zena Facherty both offer placenta encapsulation in Reading.

Photography – Pregnancy & Newborn

Anna Hurst has a lovely portfolio of baby photography. She has even won awards! Actually worth it just to go gaga over delicious babies!

Erika Townend is also a doula and also takes award-winning pregnancy, birth and newborn photography.

Shruthi Morgan takes adorable photos of newborns from her home studio just outside Reading.

Reflexology for Pregnancy

Birthzang offers reflexology for anyone and specialises in fertility and maternity reflexology. I also offer a special session to help get labour started naturally. Contact me for details.

Rebecca Sperrin offers maternity reflexology in her clinic in Caversham, Healing Space.

Sarah McKissick offers maternity reflexology in Wokingham. Her email address is smckissi@googlemail.com.

Christine Wilson & Rebecca Hogan run Path to Parenthood,  a fantastic clinic in the Wokingham area, offering reflexology, homeopathy, nutrition, allergy testing and reiki for pre-conception, pregnancy and post-natal.

Reiki

Christine Wilson & Rebecca Hogan run Path to Parenthood,  a fantastic clinic in the Wokingham area, offering reflexology, homeopathy, nutrition, allergy testing and reiki for pre-conception, pregnancy and post-natal.

Swimming for Babies

Puddleducks run baby and toddler swimming classes in Reading. Mention Birthzang when you book and get 10% off your first term!

Yoga – Pregnancy and Postnatal

Many of the positions and movements of Active Birth are closely related to yoga asanas and attending a pregnancy yoga class complements active birth.

Birthzang runs weekly pregnancy yoga classes in Reading. Go to Pregnancy Yoga for details.

Michelle Mullard runs classes in both in Camberley and Sonning. Check out MMYoga for more details.

Alex Glanville runs pregnancy  and mum& baby classes in Tilehurst and West Reading.  Go to Welllbeing Yoga for info.

Tanya Forgan has a pregnancy class in Wokingham for those a little further east of Reading.

Ultrasound scans

Future Babies in Reading provide private 2D, 3D and 4D scans at any point in your pregnancy for a variety of reasons.

Useful websites with parenting info

The Maternity Network has a directory of pregnancy services in your local area.

Another useful resource for pregnancy and parenting is Mummy Pages. It has a wealth of resources from pregnancy information to handmade products.

We are in the Caversham.info directory a resource for residents of Caversham.

The Family Information Centre is run by the local council and provides a wealth of information for parents and families on all sorts of topics.

Mother’s Little Helper website is a new local service offering links to parents to help all aspects of parenting and to make your life easier!