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Antenatal and Postnatal Programmes


Baby and Toddler Swim

Our baby and toddler swim programme is a wonderful opportunity to bond and have fun with your little one whilst enjoying the relaxation and warmth of the water. There are many benefits to introducing your baby/toddler to swimming such as strengthening muscles, developing confidence, exploring balance, movement and spatial awareness, and much more. Holding your baby/toddler close within the water promotes lots of skin to skin contact which allows your little one to feel your heartbeat, hear your breathing and smell you which all helps to soothe and relax them. This also promotes the feeling of safety and security, creating the perfect place to connect and offer comfort and calmness. Did you know that the warmth of the water stimulates their nervous system, reminding babies of the safety and security of the womb? Toddlers also love to explore the water through splashing their hands, kicking their feet, and blowing bubbles. This builds their confidence and gets their heart rate pumping faster which is an excellent form of exercise whilst having fun.

Breastfeeding Group

Our Breastfeeding Champion runs this group. It supports Parents with their Breastfeeding journey, as well as providing resources and play opportunities for the children. We provide a breast pump lending service with high quality breast pumps. Antenatal parents are also welcome to join our breastfeeding group.

Antenatal home visiting

Our child health workers can provide antenatal home visits to support families to prepare for the birth of their baby. Visits are adapted to meet the needs of each family and can provide support and information on areas such as infant feeding, postnatal supports for families, physical and emotional wellbeing.

Mellow Bumps

Is an antenatal programme for mums-to-be between 20-30 weeks gestation. This 6 week programme focuses on mums wellbeing, relaxation and supports for the family both before and after their babies birth.  

Drop in antenatal support

Antenatal parents are welcome to come along to our drop in baby clinic. We have recently extended this group to include postnatal parents, providing both support prior to the birth of your baby and introduce you to other families and what is available for both baby and parents postnatally.

Postnatal home visiting

Our child health worker is available to provide home visiting support to families after the birth of their baby and up until the child is one year old.  Home visiting is tailored to meet the needs of each family. Area of support can include; infant nutrition, weaning, physical activity, emotional wellbeing, parent child interaction, child development and parent support.

Incredible Babies (0-6 months)

An 8 week parent group focusing on bonding with your baby and making your baby feel loved and secure.  Learn about how to encourage your babies’ growth and development through videos, group work and discussions. This group provides a chance to meet other parents with young babies to have fun and develop confidence being a parent/carer.

Drop in baby clinic

Our weekly drop in baby clinics supports parents, grandparents and carers during their babies first year. Our child health worker will be available to provide information on breastfeeding, weaning, and infant nutrition. This programme runs alongside the Little Explorers baby play sessions and provides an opportunity to meet with other parents.

Solid foundations weaning programme

Our Solid Foundations weaning sessions are practical sessions demonstrating how to make healthy, nutritious and low cost foods for your baby.

Infant Massage (8 weeks – 12 months)

Infant massage is a relaxing 6 week programme for both parent and their child. This session offers relaxation whilst learning massage strokes and gentle movements for you to practice with your baby.   It also provides one to one time with your baby to encourage bonding in a relaxed welcoming environment whilst learning a life-long skill.

Baby yoga runs for 5 weeks and incorporates massage, soft stretching and gentle movements for baby. Baby yoga is a great way for parents to be able to communicate with their babies through touch and promotes interaction, stimulation, relief and relaxation.



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