We Need Your Help!
In order for the Birth & Wellbeing to continue offering wellbeing support to those really struggling with many challenging aspects of pregnancy, birth, new parenthood, mental health issues, loss and being parents of unwell and premature babies, we need your help. A few pounds donated here, through our Just Giving pages is fundamental for this service to be reachable for all who really need it.
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We also have ongoing and crucial fundraising events… here’s what we have been up to so far!
Midwives tackle the mighty Kilamanjaro to raise funds for the Birth & Wellbeing Fund!
In March 2017 a group of formidable women, including our director Claire Nutt and two of our Trustees Hayley Fallows and Louise Dalrymple, scaled the dizzy and vomit-inducing heights of Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. They raised over £6000 for the Birth & Wellbeing Fund, which was incredible. Thank you so much to the team for such a brilliant achievement of strength, perseverance and determination in truly testing conditions. The team was Claire Nutt, Hayley Fallows, Louise and Megan Dalrymple, Ruth Warren and Clare Norrie.
In the summer of 2017 our own Claire & Nichola donned their aprons and raised over £270 providing delious cream teas. A lovely afternoon was had by all, and thanks to both Nichola’s Mum for hosting the event, Claire’s family for providing much needed support and service, and all the partakers who enjoyed gallons of tea and the good old Cornish v Devon approaches to cream tea presentations!
The Birth & Wellbeing are also funded and raise funds through numerous educational, wellbeing and professional events. In 2017 these included…
This was a one day event by the renowned midwife Mark Harris for health care professionals, antenatal educators and birth workers keen to develop communication skills, strengthen a sense of rapport with women and families, broaden their range of language and language patterns and who want to improve skills in ‘getting their message across’.
Staff Wellbeing Event, Supporting Maternity staff at work
We provide workshops and study days on Staff Wellbeing, including aspects of relaxation, stress management, mindfulness, positive psychology and massage for breaks. Not only are these fantastic wellbeing events for individuals and teams, but in return profits raised from these events go back into subsidising one to one counselling and massage support for struggling maternity staff.
Beautiful Book Launch, with Suzanne Yates
In November, Suzanne Yates from internationally renowned Wellmother launched the 2ndedition of her fantastic book, Beautiful Birth, with the foreword written by our director Claire Nutt. This event incorporated massage, shiatsu and movement techniques for labour and birth. Attendees included parents to be, one of whom is an anaesthetist and doula, midwives and pregnant midwives with their partners, massage therapists and osteopaths. Suzanne very kindly donated the funds raise to the Birth & Wellbeing fund. Thank you so much to everyone who came, and of course to the wonderful Suzanne.
Our bespoke ‘Mother Hygge’ events bring together a wealth of maternity expertise from our midwives, doula, specialist holistic therapists and invited guests to bring you a whole day of nourishment and wisdom for pregnancy, birth and new parenthood. ‘Hygge’ is a Danish term that relates to a sense of feeling calm, comfortable, in sanctuary with friends, good food, blankets and candlelight. This
Our 2018 event was a jam packed, soothing day of relaxation, information, amazing food, massage and reflexology and an abundance of goodies to give away, including our raffle.
- Midwives & holistic therapists Claire Nutt and Sam Morris got hands on giving pregnancy massage and reflexology throughout the day.
- Our raffle included books, Weleda goodies, massage vouchers and a beautiful pregnancy box from Mother box.
- We talked pelvic floors with the brilliant Pelvic Health physiotherapist Amanda Sullivan which raised a few eyebrows, who also made the delicious and exquisite stork cakes!
- Internationally renowned massage & shiatsu teacher Suzanne Yates launched the new edition of her brilliant book, Beautiful Birth with a workshop exploring hands on tools and techniques for labour and birth.
- We talked slings with the great South Gloucestershire Sling Library
- Resonating and deep sound therapy was provided by the wonderful Monika Kralj of Rainbow Vibrations.
- Midwife and compassionate birth teacher Nichola Nelson ended the day beautifully with a sleepy and nurturing ‘Mother Blanket’ relaxation.
- Lunch was an abundance of delights from Chipping Sodburys own Coffee Bean.
- The venue was the beautiful Old Rectory Clinic in Iron Acton, itself a haven of calm and sanctuary. See theoldrectoryclinic.co.uk