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The National Childbirth Trust, a nationwide charity dedicated to improving the experience of pregnancy, labour and early parenting. They offer a wide range of information services, antenatal and post-natal classes, support groups and breastfeeding counsellors.
You do not need to be a member. For info please visit this site.
You are advised to book very early.
Local South Devon Antenatal Courses
I used to run NCT antenatal classes in Totnes, South Devon, but stopped in early 2011. I now provide individual antenatal sessions, great value currently at £60 per 2 hours, plus £10 if you want a home visit, on any topics you choose. Ideal for any parents who are unable to get a place in a group class. Contact me for home visits within 10 miles, or appointments at my clinic. (NB rate subject to change.)
Based in Cornwall but with reps throughout the UK, Lollipop offer impartial advice and sales of a wide range of reusable cloth nappies and accessories.
You can also try EasyPeasy http://www.easypeasynappies.co.uk/
Fostering solutions, an independent agency who are passionate about positive outcomes for children and young people in foster care. UK site with lots of useful info and links, www.fosteringsolutions.com/
The Hydrant A new idea, simple but effective: a sports-bottle-type drink dispenser, adapted for childbirth and early parenting to clip onto bed or clothes. Effective, and very helpful for mum's health. You won't believe it if you have never had a baby, but you just don't have time to make a cuppa.
Just around the corner from where I live, convenient for Dartmoor and all things Devon, this delightful b&b specialises in quality local foods. www.thegreatgrubb.co.uk/
Peaceful retreat, with optional therapies, in Teignmouth, South Devon.
This is owned and managed by Jane Hurley, a retired homeopath and friend of mine.
"Teignmouth is in a beautiful part of the West Country. This is a 1-bedroom self-catering apartment which is very private and comfortable. In addition to a peaceful retreat, you can arrange long or short therapeutic breaks with help from excellent local practitioners (Alexander Technique, homeopathy, counselling and psychotherapy, kinesiology, etc.)." Please contact Jane Hurley if you would like to gaze at the sea and leave behind the concerns of everyday life. Jane's website is http://www.janehurley.co.uk
Fair trade tea, coffee, and Cocodirect, the BEST hot chocolate I have tasted.
(Better even than a certain other brand with initials G & B....who have now been taken over by Cadbury, who have been taken over by US giant Kraft. Boo hoo.)
Original and best smoothies, and some very cute sales gimmicks, such as grass-covered cars. Even the bottles are now biodegradable.
Find out what Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and his colleagues are up to, at their new place, Park Farm, on the Devon-Dorset border.