Pregnancy Wharfedale & Craven

Antenatal Classes

Hello my name is Claire Rowley. I have been a health visitor working in the Ilkley area for 25 years. I invite you to join my 5-week post-natal and baby massage course providing

Welcoming, friendly sessions and an opportunity to meet other new parents in small groups.

Lots of useful information about babies and practical tips to support their development. 

The ‘Hands-on Babies’ massage course of gentle touch which helps build the loving bond between you and your baby. Massage oil is provided.

Time to get to know each other with refreshments and homemade flapjack!

The following topics and massage sequences are included

  • Week 1. Getting to Know your Baby & Leg Massage
  • Week 2. Sleep & Tummy Massage
  • Week 3. Child Development & Chest, Arms & Hands Massage
  • Week 4. Common Childhood Conditions & Head & Face Massage
  • Week 5. The Complete Massage.

Venue: Link Hall, Ben Rhydding Methodist Church, Ilkley, LS29 8PP. Onsite parking.
Time: 10.30-11.30 and 1.15-2.15pm

Please don’t hesitate to contact me for any further information. My contact details are

Lets Talk About Babies

Tel 07788 211 961

07788 211 961


All our classes will be moving online from Monday 23rd March 2020 until further notice. You can still reserve your spot in class through our booking system, but you will no longer need to purchase a pass to do so. However, we kindly ask that you continue to support us through PAYF (pay as you feel) donations for online classes which will help us keep our community wellness hub running through this difficult period.

PAYF donations can be made through  BACS sort code 20-98-98, account number 43976556 or through Paypal using the following link 

Once you reserve your spot in your chosen class you should receive a link through email (check your spam if you do not receive this)which you will need to click on just before your class starts. You will also need to download the Zoom app prior to participating in online classes, if you require any assistance please contact us.

Namaste 🙏

See you on da web! To book your spot please click on the book now button on our fb page or press book now on our website you will also need to download the Zoom app prior to the class start.



Baby Steps: Leeds NHS

For anyone with additional requirements or anxieties about pregnancy, we offer Baby Steps – talk to your midwife about attending this course.

Blooming Babies Aquanatal

Book now for Aquanatal held on Wednesdays Nuffield Health Leeds Fitness & Wellbeing Gym.

Lunchtime class 12.15pm

Non-Nuffield members welcome.

If you would like to book an individual class to see if works for you Call 07580 004021


Breast Feeding Groups & Support in Leeds

Breastfeeding Groups and Support in Leeds (Details correct Feb 20)

What is a Breastfeeding Group?

These groups are all run slightly differently; however, you can rest assured you will always be welcomed by a friendly face and refreshments! All group leaders undertake breastfeeding training so that they can offer support and signpost if you need specific help. These groups are open to all breastfeeding mums.


What is a Breastfeeding Peer Support Group?

These groups are run by trained breastfeeding peer supporters. Peer supporters are mothers who have themselves breastfed and have undertaken a training course. They are not able to give specific advice but can offer suggestions and sign-post to the most appropriate and timely help. Any breastfeeding mum is welcome!


Breastfeeding Counsellors

Breastfeeding counsellors have all breastfed and had extensive training. They offer free support, information and practical help. They offer phone support and home visits.



Baby Buddy app (download from app store or visit website) Trusted source of information endorsed by your health professional and promoted to all parents in Leeds


NCT Breastfeeding Helpline 0300 330 0770 (8am-11pm)

La Leche League 0345 120 2918

Association of Breastfeeding Mothers 0300 3305453

Breastfeeding Network 0300 1000212

National Breastfeeding Helpline 0300 1000212

Adv. Health Improvement Specialist – Infant Feeding Sally – 07712 214867

Breastfeeding Clinic (HV referral only) Meanwood Health Centre – 0113 8433350

Hospital Infant Feeding Team (midwives) 0113 2065367

Peer Support Coordinator Cath – 07843339574 / Suzanne – 07956077800

Leeds General Infirmary – Delivery Suite 0113 3927445

St James’ Hospital – Delivery Suite 0113 2069103

Drugs in Breastmilk helpline



Val – LS16 0113 2933176

Helen – LS20 01943 877212

Eleanor – LS20 01943 884096

Tracey – BD17 01274 597633


Also facilitated by NCT – Baby Cafe; cake and conversation alongside breastfeeding support from trained NCT

breastfeeding counsellors. Fridays 12pm – 2pm Gipton Methodist Church, Oak Tree Place, LS9 6SX



Eleanor – LS20 01943 884096

Claire Harbottle Independent Midwife

Independent Midwife covering Yorkshire for safe and empowering one to one care. One-off clinical visits through to full packages of antenatal, birth and postnatal care. Contact me to chat through your options or to book a free initial consultation at any point in your maternity journey.

07761 910900


Ilkley Postnatal Course

New Post Natal Course @ Dans Den Ilkley

Starting Wednesday 15th Jan, 10.30-12 pm

6-week course perfect for new mums & babies are welcome to come along too

Spaces limited so please book soon:

Massage 2 Mummy: Pre-natal Massage

Calling all mums-to-be! Massage 2 Mummy, the UK’s leading specialist in pre-natal massage is now available in the Leeds postcode areas. Our highly trained professional therapists will soothe your aches and pains with a luxury pregnancy massage. For information and bookings, please call Sally on 07500 469781

MummyNatal Antenatal and Birth Preparation Classes

MummyNatal Antenatal and birth preparation classes are now available to book in Guiseley. We aim to help you have a calm confident birth. The next session Tuesday 24th April at 8 pm at Guiseley Theatre. Please contact me to book your place, I’ll look forward to seeing you soon.

Karen 07788858752

NCT Essentials Antenatal Course

If you’re expecting a baby make sure you have all the basics of pregnancy, birth and early parenting covered with an NCT Essentials antenatal course.

NCT Essentials is designed to answer all your questions and get you ready for the big day, and beyond. These courses run over 12 hours in total.

Providing you with essential information and emotional support on pregnancy, birth and caring for your baby. With around two-thirds of your course focusing on life as a parent, you will come away clearer about what is right for you and your new family.

The course covers essential, easy-to-follow themes.

The development of your unborn baby
Changes for you and your partner
Your health and wellbeing
Giving birth
Caring for your baby
Which people and services are there for you?

And of course yo, will learn about positions, pain relief and pushing!

All NCT Essentials antenatal courses are led by specially-trained antenatal practitioners and courses are held at convenient locations during evening and weekdays. (Don’t worry if you work in the evening because you are legally allowed time off work to attend our antenatal courses if they’ve been recommended by a doctor or midwife.)




NCT Signature Antenatal Course

With a relaxed and friendly style, every NCT Signature antenatal course is as individual as you are. That’s because every course is tailored to the needs of the small group taking part.

All sessions are led by licensed experts, to prepare you both physically and emotionally for the arrival of your beautiful baby.

NCT Signature courses are longer than NCT Essentials courses, with a focus on the arrival of your baby – labour and birth alone making up around two-thirds of your course. With time to explore all your questions, hopes and anxieties in a safe and supportive space.

A typical format is:
Pregnancy and birth choices
Body awareness, relaxation, breathing and massage
What happens in labour, role of a partner and how your baby is born
Pain relief
More complex pregnancies and medical procedures, including caesareans
Home births and water births options
Looking after a newborn and feeding your baby
Early parenting and lifestyle changes
Courses are held locally during evenings and weekends to suit your busy schedules.
Couples, singles, friends and family partners welcome.


Post Natal Yoga

Post-natal yoga is tailored specifically for the needs of the new mum and will help you regain strength and energy after the birth of your baby. It is a gentle way of building strength again in the pelvic floor, the abdomen and back muscles and legs, and also helps relieve aches and pains associated with pregnancy, childbirth and the continuing care of your new child. Specifically, yoga can be really beneficial in alleviating pelvic, back and shoulder pain and aching joints. Relaxation techniques will help reduce fatigue and make you feel more energised, calm and relaxed, allowing you to enjoy connecting with your baby.

EveryBody Yoga, Various locations in Wharfedale. 07919 991 379


Pregnancy In Mind

Pregnancy in Mind: Supporting parents during pregnancy and the first year after birth.

For anyone experiencing anxiety, depression, or other emotional health issues – talk to your midwife about attending this course.

Pregnancy in Mind has 2 core elements:

an antenatal group intervention delivered by professionals during the middle trimester of pregnancy
a peer support programme delivered by a team of volunteers and a volunteer manager that takes place both in pregnancy and across the first year after birth.

Prenatal Yoga Class

A regular practice of gentle yoga throughout your pregnancy is a wonderful way to keep your body healthy and supple without over-exertion, alleviate the common ailments of pregnancy such as back and pelvic girdle pain, increase energy, improve sleep and ultimately connect with your baby.

Pregnancy yoga is suitable for mums-to-be from 15 weeks onwards.

In a pre-natal yoga session, you will learn

  • A combination of yoga positions and movements to create comfort and space for you and your baby.
  • Breathing techniques to help you through your pregnancy and through childbirth itself
  • Deep relaxation techniques, helping you stay calm, sleep better and relieve the anxieties associated with pregnancy and childbirth.

1-2-1 or small group sessions available.

Everybody Yoga, Various locations in Wharfedale. 07919 991 379

Preparation For Birth And Beyond

Aireborough Children’s Centre. Call 0113 378 2861 for details.

Preparation For Birth & Beyond

A class run by Guiseley Children’s Centre.

Call 0113 3782861 For more information & to book.

Preparation For Birth & Beyond: Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust

An Antenatal class run by Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust for all first-time parents. Contact your local Children’s Centre to book a place. 






The Mother Hut

Here at The Mother Hut, we have no other objective than to get you feeling positive and prepared for the birth of your baby. Hypnobirthing is becoming more recognised all the time as a way to birth your baby in a prepared and relaxing way.

Whether it’s a home water birth or a Caesarean, we have your back!

The Yorkshire Hypnobirthing School

We offer a variety of different hypnobirthing courses in order to help prepare you, your birth partner and your baby for birth. Hypnobirthing is about understanding the science behind birth itself, the different options for birth and learning different techniques to help you remain calm and in control. Hypnobirthing will provide you with more confidence to make informed decisions.

Contact Laura on 07305 953 547


Wise Woman Hypnobirthing and Birth Preparation: Hypnobirthing Course

Hypnobirthing course

Wednesday’s 7.00-9.30 pm,

Burley in Wharfedale. Venue depends on numbers.

The cost is £250 per couple.

Call Susan on 07860 191652 for more information.


Wise Woman Hypnobirthing and Birth Preparation, Pregnancy Relaxation

Pregnancy relaxation classes every Wednesday morning 10.30-11.30 am at the Ilkley Fitness centre.

£30 for a 4-week block.

Call Susan on 07860 191652 for more details.


Yoga During Pregnancy, Ilkley

Come to Yoga to empower you to:
Help to reconnect with your inner-self and innate abilities to give birth.

Yoga can…
• Keep the body supple without straining
• Boost energy
• Relieve stress and anxiety
• Promote relaxation and restful sleep
• Relieve pain in labour and childbirth
• Relieve common minor ailments during pregnancy
• Help bonding with the unborn baby

Suitable for those over 14 weeks pregnant.

Ilkley Yoga Centre, 7a Railway Road, Ilkley, LS29 8HQ.

07961 898738