Your GP surgery, health visitor and/or baby clinic usually has lots of information about things to do, classes etc so it is usually worth checking with them as new classes often start every few months. Recently, there have been many budget cuts that things sometimes change quite quickly.
The Hospital of St John’s & St Elizabeth’s – If you need help, reassurance or similar, there is also the London Paediatric Unit at The Hospital of St John’s & St Elizabeth’s. They are open till 8 pm on Mondays-Fridays where you can speak to one of their paediatric nurses. If nobody answers, just leave a message and they will call you back. Here you can have immunisations done privately too. They can be contacted on 020 7078 3831 or firstname.lastname@example.org
I know many people see Dr Noimark and I also know several parents who are very happy with Dr Sekri. They are both paediatricians. Dr Noimark is also an child allergy specialist. Please note this is Dr Lee Noimark and not Dr Dean Noimark.
Breast feeding/lactation consultant
Ruth Tamir has been the local NCT Practitioner & IBCLC Lactation Consultant in the area for 24 years. As a lactation consultant she offers private visits in women’s homes in NW8.
National Breastfeeding Helpline
Lines open from 9:30am–9:30pm every day
T: 0300 100 0212
NCT Breastfeeding Helpline
Lines open from 8am–Midnight every day
T: 0300 330 0771
Association of Breastfeeding Mothers Helpline
Lines open from 9:30am–10:30pm
T: 0844 412 2949
The Breastfeeding Network Helpline
Offers to one-to-one local support
T: 0300 100 0212
La Leche League 24 hour Helpline
Offers local group meetings
T: 0845 120 2918
Lines open from 10am–1pm and 7pm–10pm every day all year round—help and advice for parents of twins, triplets and more.
T: 0800 138 0509
National charity dedicated to working for special care babies and their families.
T: 0500 618 140
Postnatal care including breastfeeding drop-in centre
Church Street Children’s Centre run by Imperial Maternity Services from St Mary’s Hospital
- Portman Early Childhood Centre
12–18 Salisbury Street
London NW8 8DE
Baby massage classes
Kate Shepherd of the Parent Education Centre at St Mary’s Hospital runs baby massage classes as part of International Association of Infant Massage. You can call her on 020 3312 1402.
Milestones Baby Massage runs massage classes from six weeks and older.
Tandy Gray runs baby massage group classes. She is an IAIMS trained midwife. Located centrally in Marylebone, reasonable price £40 single fee, for a course of 4/5 meeting weekly, at 10.30 which last 1 ½ hrs, normally on a Monday 10.30am. Venue- Rossmore Rd NW1 6NJ, Off Lisson Gove (or can come to venue you provide). Please book by contacting Tandy by text 07905 309550 or via email T.Deane.Gray@gmail.com
Paediatric First Aid
Please click HERE.
Many of my friends have used cranial osteopathy to help with various conditions such as colic, reflux to name but a few. They have been very happy and tell me they have seen a great improvement in their babies. The osteopaths mentioned below have all helped several NW8-mums.
Mary Ashton has a wealth of experience. She is lovely, knowledgable and no-nonsense. Everytime I see her, I come out feeling great! She has worked with many families with twins. She is the resident maternity nurse for MyBaba and has also done talks for NW8-mums.
Adriana Barbosa was our maternity nurse with our youngest. She is wonderful and was super helpful. She has worked for many of our friends and neighbours. She is very much pro-breastfeeding and will help you that. She is also an amazing cook! 07446 036 082 or email@example.com.
I have the most amazing acupuncturist whom I saw before, during and after the pregnancy with my son. Dr Ping Li only does home visits. She is my go-to person for anything health related. I have been a patient of hers since 2013. Ping can be contacted on 020 8269 2862 or on her mobile (she currently can’t access her voice mail, so please don’t leave any on her mobile phone) 07783 385 727. Ping helped my body recover after labour.
Abi England is a local mother and reflexologist. Abi is very happy to offer NW8 mums members who actually live in St Johns Wood/Maida Vale an ongoing discount of 10% on top of any other offers at the time of booking. Abi only does home-visits in St John’s Wood/Maida Vale. She specialises in pregnancy and labour induction reflexology, but also sees clients for all manner of things from stress, insomnia, back pain, IBS, arthritis and more. I can vouch for Abi’s treatments being just amazing!
For those of you who are new mothers, The Kailash Centre in St John’s Wood offers mother and baby yoga classes. Other than yoga being great to do, it is also a good way of meeting other mothers.
So many of my friends tell me about Alice Morgan’s fantastic yoga sessions, The Baby Yoga Company, in Paddington Rec, and they say it is the best baby and parent yoga they have ever done.
General post-natal classes
Also at 3 House Club, you can find post-natal classes.
Bel & Mums offer postnatal support in various ways including check-ups, breastfeeding support and general help to care for your newborn.
NCT Early Days Postnatal Course often puts on classes in Huggle, Swiss Cottage. This is a six week course covering everything from sleep, parenting styles, play& development to choosing childcare. All you need to know for the first year. Facilitated by Claire Maguire Nct Innovative Practitioner of the Year 2013 BSc(Hons) Food Science.
NCT Introducing Solids Workshops often holds weaning classes at 3 House Club in St. John’s Wood. A 2 hour workshop suitable for babies aged between 3 and 6 months. Covers what to do with milk feeds, allergies, purees, baby led, what to avoid and equipment.
Indoor & Outdoor Training
The Hub in Regent’s Park offers a variety of mummy and baby friendly activities such as Parent and Pram.
It is easy to get fit and meet other mums with Buggy Fit. The nearest place to do this is in Paddington Recreation Ground in Maida Vale.
My amazing PT Henlu also does postnatal training sessions as does my excellent Pilates teacher Gemma who can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on exercise classes, please go to Exercise Classes for Mums.