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NCT Joint press release

Looking after Bristol’s babies

Bristol’s babies are going to be well and truly nurtured both before and after birth, thanks to an exciting new partnership between Bristol’s National Childbirth Trust Branch (NCT), which offers support to parents and parents-to-be from pregnancy to a child’s second birthday ; WaterBumps, which offers pre and post-natal aqua-natal classes for mums-to-be, new mums (and even not-so-new mums) in and around Bristol; and Water Babies, Bristol’s leading baby and toddler swim school.

Bryony Johnstone, director of Water Babies, explains: “We’re delighted to be sponsoring Bristol’s branch of the NCT alongside our sister company, WaterBumps. Our joint ethos of nurturing and supporting parents and their babies from pregnancy makes us perfect partners for the NCT.

“Post-natal mental health is one good example of where we can all help new mums,” Bryony adds. “As well as being great for babies’ mental, physical and emotional development, the skin-to-skin contact in Water Babies classes is a wonderful way to help with bonding. This can help with the post-natal blues for mums, as well as being a fantastic way for dads to spend some precious one-to-one time with their babies.”

Ali Burlingham, who founded WaterBumps in 2014, continues: “When you take part in any sort of physical activity, your body produces endorphins which can make you feel more positive and less anxious, and this, in turn, can help improve your mental, physical and emotional energy. WaterBumps classes are a great way for mums to bond with their bumps, as well as a chance to really relax – both physically and mentally! And both Water Babies and WaterBumps classes are a time to meet other like-minded mums and share the ups and downs of pregnancy and life with a new baby.”

“We’re looking forward to working with Water Babies and WaterBumps this year under this exciting new partnership,” comments Sarah Norman, Joint Branch Co-ordinator, Bristol NCT Branch. “The ongoing collaboration with our new sponsors will help us provide better support for parents and families across Bristol.”


For more information on the NCT Bristol visit

To find out about Water Babies visit or call 0117 946 6919

To find WaterBumps classes, visit or call 01275 400800

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Notes to Editors:

About the NCT

Bristol’s branch of the NCT is one of the UK’s biggest, with over 1700 members, offering support to parents and parents-to-be from pregnancy to a child’s second birthday. They provide accurate, impartial information around a variety of areas including ante-natal care, preparing for birth, breastfeeding, post-natal health, paediatric first aid courses, and baby health and development. The NCT also offers postnatal classes where parents can openly talk about life with a new baby, meet other mums, and get support and advice.

About Water Babies

Established in Bristol in 2003, Water Babies teaches over 1200 babies in Bristol, Bath and North Somerset vital early swimming and water safety skills from birth through a gentle, progressive, multi-award winning programme using warm, private pools and teachers who’ve achieved a national diploma in baby swimming.

About WaterBumps

WaterBumps offers pre and post-natal aqua-natal classes for mums-to-be, new mums (and even not-so-new mums) in and around Bristol. Their classes use gentle pool-based exercise and relaxation techniques to help cope with the demands of pregnancy and the post-natal period, including helping to relieve pregnancy-related aches and pains and boosting energy levels.



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