Support Services

Parenting Support

Families and Babies provide peer support services offering evidence-based information and support to help improve health and well being within families.

Families and Babies breastfeeding peer support:

Currently breastfeeding your baby?
Pregnant and thinking of breastfeeding?
Have questions about breastfeeding?
Like to meet other mums an babies?

Then come along to our friendly groups which welcome all mums who are breastfeeding and any mums to be who want to find out a little bit more! Make friends, share experiences, receive support and information from our friendly trained breastfeeding peer supporters.

Breastfeeding support and information is offered at local breastfeeding support groups provided by local mums who are trained to help breastfeeding families.

Please visit our website to see a full list of breastfeeding support groups and breastfeeding friendly places.



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Tyler’s Friends

Tyler’s friends DorsetNon-Profit Charity. Supporting bereaved parents to enable them to have the funeral of their wishes for their precious baby or child.

Tyler’s Friends’ is a non-profit charity based in the local region.
Here at Tyler’s Friends we give advice, provide support, and offer financial assistance to families who are arranging the funeral of a precious child who grew their angel wings too soon.

For more details please call 07948 469192 or e-mail

Amba Yoga Dorset

Yoga, Pregnancy Yoga, Post natal ‘mum and baby’ Yoga, Midwife/Yoga led antenatal Classes with integrated hypnosis for pregnancy and birth and more.

For more information contact 07866 053360.



Baby Calm

Prenatal and postnatal workshops, supporting parents in Dorset understand their babies needs, how to meet these needs and how to parent calmly.

For more information contact Mary-Clare Buckle on 07775656782.

CalmFamily Dorset

Come along to a fun, fact-filled classes with a focus on nurturing a respectful, trusting and positive bond with your children. I have a range of Workshops and Courses aimed at parents who are expecting or already have a baby, toddler or pre-schooler.

If you’d like to know more about CalmFamily please click here.

Contact me on 07427 620994.

Dorset Parent Infant Partnership

DorPIP specialises in infant-parent relationships from conception to age 2. We support parents with the emotional transition to parenthood. Our highly qualified, experienced parent-infant therapists work confidentially and discreetly with you to develop a safe, secure relationship with your infant – helping you to give your child the best possible start in life.

Please contact 07813 20989707 for more details.

Lucy Parker

Professional counselling and parenting support, helping local families in Dorset through their parenting journey. Lucy offers special support to parents dealing with ante/post natal depression, anxiety or loss.

For a FREE 15 minute telephone consultation contact Lucy on 07886 800 348.

Lucy Ruddle IBCLC

A certified breastfeeding consultant, helping families in Dorset prepare for breastfeeding, and supporting them throughout their feeding journey. Newborn visits, advice on starting solids, telephone consultations and more.

For more details contact Lucy on 07531491739.

Bournemouth Mini First Aid

Would you know what to do in a medical emergency with your baby or child? Mini First Aid classes are for new and expectant parents, grandparents, carers and even children (aged 3-16). The 2-hour class covers CPR, Choking, Burns, Bleeding & Breaks, Bumps, Febrile Convulsions and Meningitis.

For more details, please contact


NCT South Dorset

The NCT offers a selection of support services for parents and expectant parents, from antenatal courses, birth preparation support, breastfeeding support, breastpump hire,  nearly new sales and more.

For more information visit your local NCT branch coordinator at




Lucy is a trained Norland Nanny and Maternity Practitioner and has had over nine years of experience working with children ranging from 0-17 years. She created NEST, a bespoke non-judgemental support service to families with children 0-5 years on the following areas; weaning, infant feeding, toilet training, AND more.

Please get in touch at

Poppins Penguins

Is your child’s behaviour pushing your buttons? Are you worried about milestones? Do you feel exhausted, flustered and repeating yourself? GET EMPOWERED. Learn techniques to get results and the behaviour you want, to achieve a happy calm home in a harmonious manner for you all.

Call Poppins Penguins on 07916958393.


The Adventurous Nanny

Maternity Nurse, Night Nanny, Sleep Trainer and Baby Consultant in Dorset. Nonjudgmental advice and support for families.

For more information contact Claire on 07739 808096.

The Dorset Doulas

We are a group of doulas working independently to provide antenatal, birth and postnatal support in Dorset and surrounding areas we all have different backgrounds and skills meaning we can provide a range of support to pregnant women.

For more information please head to the website to contact your individual Doula.

The Science of Birth

The Science of Birth is a unique birth preparation programme providing: Preconception counselling, Antenatal Classes, HypnoBirthing Classes, Doula Support, Infant Feeding Advise, Birth Trauma Counselling and Belly Dancing for Birth! Covering Bournemouth, Poole and the New Forest area.

For more details e-mail