folkestone maternity collective
The folkestone maternity collective is made up of a passionate group of professionals who live in and around Folkestone.
Each professional has a unique skill set to support women, birthing people and their partners through their journey from conception to parenthood to help make the transition a little easier.
From reflexologists, antenatal teachers, lactation consultants to yoga teachers. We've got it covered!
pelvic health osteopath
Pregnancy and the postpartum period place huge demands onto the body, but with the right advice, guidance and care it can be a journey full of empowerment, fulfillment and self-awareness.
As a Pelvic Health Osteopath, Cher has a passion for guiding pregnant people through the most wonderful period of growth and transition and providing vital postpartum care that is so often missed within the NHS. Enabling patients to trust their bodies and to move with joy again is at the heart of what she does.
Hannah works with families both before their babies arrive, and afterwards, with all things breastfeeding. She can help if things are difficult, and not going as you’d planned, or if you’re simply looking for reassurance and information. She has the highest qualification in breastfeeding support, and can offered individual support, and time, to help you work out breastfeeding.
Kelly specialises in pregnancy reflexology. Treatments can either be held at her home treatment room or she can arrange home visits. Reflexology during pregnancy can help to promote deep relaxation and sleep, reduce anxiety and stress. Studies have shown a significant reduction in pain during labour and reduced first stage of labour too. It is invaluable in the post-natal period too when levels of anxiety can be more heightened with the sleepless nights and hormonal shifts.
pre & postnatal yoga
Rupal is a Yoga Therapist and Yoga Teacher with over 10 years of teaching experience.
Rupal teaches Yoga during pregnancy for women to take some time to nurture themselves with postures, breathing techniques and guided meditations that are specifically adapted for pregnancy, to promote calm, strength and flexibility of body, mind and heart.
She also offers one-to-one Yoga Therapy, for everyone, at any time in life, including during pregnancy, postnatally and transitioning to parenthood.
yoga teacher & motherhood wellbeing mentor
Emma Deery runs Pregnancy & Postnatal Yoga classes, Mama Dance - a dance-based exercise class for mums who can bring their babies along and monthly in-person Motherhood Circles - a safe space to connect, share, relax and be nurtured (babes in arms welcome).
In addition she offers online Motherhood Wellbeing Programmes and support mothers in their self-healing and wellbeing journeys. Her mission is to help mothers heal from trauma and reclaim themselves in the swamps of motherhood.
infant & child sleep consultant
Rebecca is a qualified infant and child sleep consultant and the founder of sleep tight baby.
She has worked with many families across the world with children aged 0-5 years, helping them to get the rest they need. Families she works with can expect personalised, step by step guidance; no cry it out or controlled crying; plus plenty of reassurance and compassion.
Jana has trained in multidimensional approaches – she's a Psychosynthesis counsellor and guide and has a daily mindfulness practice based on her Buddhist background. She is also a Vortex energy healer.
She's passionate about teaching powerful self-development tools to groups of life-curious individuals. Jana's vision is to lift people up to access their deepest intuitive Knowing, so we can live in alignment with our true purpose and be a source of love and joy in the world.
Fazlin has been a registered professional massage therapist since 2002. Fazlin trained in Pregnancy massage which is traditionally performed sidelying so that there is no pressure on the abdomen and on the vein that supplies blood to the heart and recently.
She has advanced her knowledge by training in Hydrotherm massage which is a specialist massage specifically for pregnant women and helps to alleviate the pain caused by PGP and can be done while you are slightly raised and face up. Massages are available in our Therapy Room in Dover or in the comfort of your own home.
cloth nappy library
Caz supports families who are either using or considering cloth nappies. We offer a comprehensive advice and troubleshooting service for any reusable nappies you're currently using, or, we can loan you a kit of different nappies to trial.
The library is part of the UK Nappy Network. We run as a not-for-profit venture with all of the people involved volunteering their time and resources. All of our volunteers are parents of cloth bum babies who have experience in a number of different styles and brand of modern cloth nappies.
Issy is a professional photographer with over 15 years experience. She can help you to capture those special family moments from pregnancy through to newborn and beyond.
Her relaxed & natural photographic approach enables her to capture each family in their own unique way.
Photos taken in your favourite outdoor location, at home or in the studio.
doula, birth educator
Betty is our local Doula, offering complete birth journey doula support. Be that companionship through your pregnancy to help with decision making and birth planning, or physical and practical support for you and your partner during your labour and birth, or postnatally with breastfeeding support, nourishment guidance and help to rest and recover.
Betty also hosts monthly free-to-attend walks for pregnant people in and around Folkestone. Providing an opportunity to meet up, make friends, and ask any birthy questions you might have in a totally informal setting.
creative workshops for new parents
This programme offers a welcoming, respectful and safe space for you to explore feelings, boost creativity and self-esteem through: art making, meditation, movement and discussion. You will be taken on a journey from exploring individuality to experiencing community and working as a collective.
Art materials and techniques are introduced through relevant topics which will encourage you to connect thoughts, emotions and personal experiences to the art making, and using your body to bring inner movement and patterns onto paper. Movement is then carried on into the space allowing for free expression and connecting with others.