Babies Oxford


Donnington Doorstep Family Centre

Donnington Doorstep is an independent, community-based family centre delivering a range of universal and specialist services. Set up in 1984 by local parents who knew that caring for children can be hard – we’re a home from home drop-in for children, young people and their families as well as a hub for local community activity. From our purpose-built centre in East Oxford our activities focus on play, food, support and community development.

Townsend Square, Oxford, OX4 4BB

01865 727721


Drop-in Play – Mondays and Wednesdays 10.00am-2.00pm

Doorstep Kitchen offers healthy snacks and lunches on Monday and Wednesday at 12 noon.

Bumps to Babies – Mondays: 10.30-12.00 – midwife drop-in including breastfeeding support. 07901707905

Youth Project – Tuesdays & Wednesdays 5.30 – 7.30pm. Young people age 8-18 are welcome to drop in for play, activities and support.

Parenting Programme – we offer a regular 10 week parenting course aimed at families who feel they need some extra help to bring them together and move forwards with tough issues.

We also run a pre-school – click here for more info.

First Steps Consultancy

Based in Oxfordshire, First Steps Consultancy offers a unique, supportive service, personalised for every family. Services offered:

  • 5 week baby massage classes (also available for groups)
  • Behaviour support
  • Sleep support
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Preparation for your newborn – practical tips for the first few weeks and how to develop very flexible routines
  • Potty training and fussy eating

07969 451366

La Leche League Oxfordshire

Antenatal Sessions

These friendly, free sessions look at: how to get feeding off to a great start, what to expect in the early days, and where to find support. The sessions is in Oxford on a weekday 8-9:30 pm. Booking essential. Call Jayne on 01865 557405.

Baby Meetings

Enable you to get support/info from LLL Leaders and to meet breastfeeding mothers. Welcome pregnant women and any mother who is interested in breastfeeding. Two meetings a month:

Monday 10-12 in a private house Headington. Call 01865 557405.

Tuesday 10-12 at 21 Complins Close, North Oxford, OX2 6PZ. Call 01865 557405.

Toddler Meetings

For any woman who is breastfeeding a toddler, or open to doing so. Meetings are at the Donnington Doorstep Family Centre, OX4 4BB. For more information call 01865 557405.


A nationwide charity aimed at supporting parents.

Antenatal courses

  • Signature antenatal course – more than half of the course covers birth and gives you plenty of time to explore your questions, hopes and anxieties.
  • Essentials antenatal course – a shorter programme of six two-hour evening sessions which offer you information and emotional support for pregnancy, birth and caring for your baby.

Call Hannah to book a class in Jericho 01865 512965, or Helen to book elsewhere in in Oxford 0208 7522401.

Postnatal courses

  • Early days postnatal course – offers the opportunity to share your thoughts and feelings with other new mothers
  • Baby massage course
  • Introducing solid foods workshop
  • First aid course

Call Helen to book a postnatal course 0208 7522401.

NHS Breastfeeding Clinics

John Radcliffe Hospital – Parent Education Room, Level 1 
Monday and Thursday
Please call to book an appointment: 01865 572950

Horton General Hospital – Horton Midwifery-led Unit 
Tuesday 9.30am – 2.00pm
Please call to book an appointment: 01295 229459

Cotswold Birth Centre, Chipping Norton
Friday 9.30am – 2.00pm
Please call to book an appointment: 01608 697930

Oxfordshire Breastfeeding Support (formerly Oxford Baby Cafes Group)

Antenatal Workshops Free session for pregnant women and their partners/supporters to learn about breastfeeding. Normally the first Tuesday of the month 12:30-1:30 pm at the South Oxford Family Room (was called Grandpont Children’s Centre).  Check here for dates and further info.

Oxfordshire Breastfeeding Support Drop-Ins Provide local breastfeeding support in weekly sessions, facilitated by IBCLCs (Lactation Consultants) and experienced breastfeeding support workers, with friendly peer support from trained volunteers.  Partners/supporters and children welcome.

Tuesdays 10-12
South Oxford Family Room – more details here

Wednesdays 12-2
Jericho Health Centre – more details here

Thursdays 12.30-2.30
East Oxford Children’s Centre – more details here

Fridays 12-2
Donnington Doorstep Family Centre – more details here

Undisturbed Birthing

Lou and Frances offer a range of private midwife services to expectant mothers in Oxford and Gloucestershire. Services offered:

  • Antenatal and postnatal care
  • Birth preparation workshops
  • Hypnobirthing workshops
  • Infant massage
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Placenta encapsulation

07712 820783

Your Midwives

We are independent midwives who support families in Oxfordshire on their journey through pregnancy, birth and beyond.

· Hypnobirthing – group and one on one sessions available

· Antenatal birth consultation – debrief, discuss preferences for during birth and afterwards.

· One on one breastfeeding preparation.

· Home breastfeeding support.

07908 783577