Natal Health CIC is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, founded by Sharon Wilkinson and Shelley Madden (Midwife/Directors) in 2016, after seven years with Bumps and Babes building a successful track record of developing, facilitating and evaluating healthy lifestyle programmes for paying customers/partners & funders such as Leeds City Council, Bradford Metropolitan Council and Leeds Community Foundation. We now have a third Director and an Advisory Board with experts in Social Enterprise, Health Visiting, Physiotherapy, Sport, Marketing and Motherhood, to support, guide and influence our programmes.
Our Mission is to promote the physical, emotional and social development of pregnant and new mothers (and fathers) to eradicate inequalities and improve maternal & family health through exercise, education and support, by means of evidence-based, cost-effective programmes, and by providing social hubs to offer or signpost to a holistic range of relevant services.
- We passionately believe that being fit and healthy in pregnancy is crucial to the best possible outcome of pregnancy, childbirth and beyond.
- Our aim is to provide dynamic, evidence-based programmes, working in partnership with Health & Leisure Services, the Voluntary Sector in the local community, and the NHS, to complement & enhance traditional services on offer.
- Our Goal is to inspire, engage and support pregnant women, new mothers & their families to maximise the potential for the most positive childbirth experience, equipping them with knowledge and practical skills, and recognising and improving their physical, emotional and social needs, which will empower them to be ‘fit for pregnancy, childbirth and life beyond’
- We are striving through social enterprise, to campaign that exercise & public health promotion in pregnancy & post birth is fully accessible to ALL and becomes ‘the norm’ and a routine part of the integrated care pathway for childbirth.
- Through rigorous, effective measuring and auditing, our programmes will ensure quality, safety, maternal satisfaction and demonstrate the expected outcomes and impact.
- By providing local community-based social hubs, we aim to reduce social isolation and act as a conduit to a range of pertinent services and programmes to offer a fully accessible and holistic approach to maternity health.