A Brighton based social enterprise has hosted a fund-raising event to reduce the number of deaths of women and children during pregnancy. Every day across the world 1,000 women die in pregnancy and childbirth. The latest event at YogaMamas in Upper Gardner Street raised funds to train community midwives and improve safety during birth by selling cakes and muffins to the public.

ParentSkool, an award winning enterprise for parenting skills, teamed up with the charity Maternity Worldwide. Parentskool founder Sarah Watkins says “midwife shortages are a global problem, and this is enough money for many midwives to be trained and supported in Africa. Events like this help save the lives of pregnant women and their babies, a cause that is so close to our heart”.

Pregnant women and their partners who visit YogaMamas discovered a range of pregnancy and baby resources to support their parenting. Besides tea and cakes there were local baby and pregnancy massage practitioners, pregnancy yoga teachers, doulas (birth supporters), reflexologists, chiropractors, shiatsu and Watsu (water shiatsu), Hypnobirthing, active birth antenatal teachers, baby wearing and placenta encapsulation specialists, craniosacral therapists, aromatherapy, life coaching and a local OFSTED outstanding nursery.

ParentSkool is also supported by Legal and General, SE Assist and the GrowthAccelerator programme whose coach Clive Bonny says “Sarah’s plan to support 10,000 parents and create employment for qualified trainers in the next 3 years will have far-reaching benefits for community health and wellbeing. The recruitment of trainers and volunteers is starting soon.”

Clive Bonny 01273 308865 email Clive@consult-smp.com

Sarah Watkins 01273 620401 email  sarahw@parentskool.co.uk

Brighton mums at Yogamamas pictured below