How to Find Advice and Support as an Expectant Mum Living in Brighton

Feb 21, 2023 | Maternity

If you’re an expectant mum living in Brighton – or anywhere else for that matter – then the good news is, there is plenty of advice out there.

Of course, with so much accessible information at your fingertips, you’d be forgiven if you were feeling slightly overwhelmed and confused as to where to look for that much-needed support when you need it most.

In this blog, The Parents Class team take a look at some of the resources available to expectant mums living in Brighton.

Antenatal classes

Antenatal classes are a fantastic way to prepare for the birth of your baby while meeting other expectant mums in the area. If you live in Brighton looking for evidence-led advice and support you can really trust, then join The Parents Class.

The Parents Class offers two courses, depending on how many weeks into pregnancy you are (mid-pregnancy, 18-28 weeks and late-pregnancy, 30-38 weeks).

This means every class, each one led by our professional midwives, provides advice and support specifically tailored to suit those attending. From the developmental stages of baby growth to understanding movement patterns during pregnancy, The Parents Class antenatal courses cover a range of relevant topics. Find your nearest Parents Class.

Join our online Community

Our Community is a great place to find advice and support from other parents. We have forums and groups for parents of all ages, interests, and locations. You can search for specific topics or browse our categories to find the perfect group for you.

For example, if you’re pregnant and looking for other parents in your area, you can join our Brighton (or your local area) forum. Or, if you’re looking for something more specific you can find forums for home births, twins and more.

Here are some additional benefits of joining Our Community:

  • Get advice and support from other parents who have been there before
  • Find resources and information on parenting topics
  • Connect with other parents in your area and build friendships

No matter what your parenting needs are, we have a group for you. So join Our Community today and start connecting with other parents!

Register your account on Our Community today

Maternity services

There is a range of maternity services available in Brighton, including those at the Royal Sussex County Hospital. Find out more about the services it offers by speaking to your midwife or health visitor, or alternatively by visiting the hospital’s website.

You can also find support with local organisations, like The 360 Mama.

The 360 Mama is your dedicated ally in postpartum recovery. Crafted by experienced postnatal professionals who are also mothers, they understand the challenges that many new mums can experience.

The 360 Mama reject the idea that prolonged pain and fatigue are inevitable after childbirth and instead, they are committed to guiding you through a swift and complete recovery with expert guidance.

Breastfeeding support

One of the most common things expectant mums are looking for support or advice on is breastfeeding. If you plan or want to breastfeed your baby, it might be helpful to access breastfeeding support, ahead of the birth. After all, being as prepared as possible can make those first few weeks with a newborn a lot less stressful.

You’ll find various groups across Brighton and Hove that offer drop-in sessions and telephone support for breastfeeding mums here.

Alternatively, Le Leche League is another organisation that provides support for breastfeeding mothers, with regular meetings held in the area.

Breastfeeding Peer Support Service Brighton & Hove is an online group where you can connect with our parents on a similar journey to you.

Online resources

There are plenty of online resources available to expectant mums, including forums, websites and social media groups or pages. This can be a great way to connect with other expectant mums and share experiences while finding advice and support. 

All information found on The Parents Class website, and in our antenatal classes, is evidence based. So you can rest assured that you have the most accurate and up to date information to help you make informed decisions that are best for you and your family.

It’s really important to remember that unless the information comes from a trusted source or professional body, the support you find online might be opinion-based, rather than reliable advice.

Pregnancy exercise classes

From pregnancy swim classes to pregnancy yoga sessions, there are many exercise classes specifically designed for expectant mums. Not only do these provide mums-to-be with the chance to meet other expectant parents, but they also encourage pregnant women to keep fit and healthy.

Better still, they give expectant mums the opportunity to seek advice and support, whether that be from fellow mums-to-be, or from teachers leading the classes.

Bumps and Babies Yoga is run by Gabi at About Balance in Brighton and offers expectant parents the opportunity to connect in the local area. Here’s what some local mums have to say about Bumps and Babies Yoga:

“honestly the most helpful and supportive thing I did pre-birth. And still enjoy the amazing community post-birth”
“such supportive wonderful classes pre and post birth and have met a great group of parents from them. Highly recommend and the baked treats are an added highlight!”

If you’d like to try Gabi’s classes, you can redeem £10 discount when you email Gabi and quote The Parents Class. The full schedule for Bumps and Babies Yoga can be found on About Balance’s website.

Counselling

Pregnancy can be a very challenging time, both physically and emotionally. If you are pregnant and feeling overwhelmed or anxious, then counselling services can provide you with the essential support you need.

The Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service offers a range of free counselling services for those who need it. 

Are you pregnant and need advice? Join The Parents Class

While there are many resources available for expectant mums in Brighton, if you’re looking for evidence-led support and advice that you can trust then join The Parents Class

Each of our classes are taught by midwives, who are there to provide expert information and reliable questions to your answers, from bump to baby – and everything in between.

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