The Mama Sanctuary is a Pregnancy and Motherhood Hub, Hair & Beauty salon with creche - aimed at giving mums some much needed 'Me time' without the guilt of leaving their little ones with family or a babysitter.
Founded by Rachael Kirkwood (Mum of 5) in 2019.
After suffering from postnatal depression after her twin boys were born, Rachael struggled to get out of the house with 3 small babies. She wanted to give other mums a place they could go to that wasn't a play centre, somewhere they could feel like their old self, somewhere to meet other mums, a baby-friendly salon that didn't smell of strong chemicals, a place to get advice on new mum worries, pre or postnatal depression, breastfeeding help and more. If only there was somewhere like this with a creche!
The Mama Sanctuary offers all of this and more...
Free Creche for the 1st Child for the first hour (Twins & Triplets count as 1)
£4 per hour after and additional children are £4 per hour. Creche staff are fully qualified in baby and toddler room settings within nurseries (Booking is essential)
Hair Salon (Using Revlon Ammonia free hair dyes which are safe to use in Pregnancy)
Nail & Beauty Salon (Offering all beauty services (lashes, lash lifts, brow lamination, waxing, nails, spray tanning, facials, massage, dermaplaning)
Spa & Holistic Treatments (including Pregnancy Massage, hot stone massage, deep tissue, swedish massage and a range of facials - using Neal's Yard Products). We also offer Reiki Healing.
Pregnancy, Postnatal, Mum & Baby Classes
Mum & Baby Events, Meet a Mum, Midwife support, Pre & Postnatal Support - Sessions run throughout the month
Baby Shower Venue. You can have a baby shower downstairs with treatments for upto 8 in our booth areas, or rent upstairs for private babyshowers upto 20 people. We can supply afternoon tea or other catering upon request.
Mollie & Oli Children's clothing and accessories - located inside the Mama Sanctuary, Stockport. Mollie & Oli are 2 of Rachael's children. A collection of Rachael's own designs are stocked in the shop, as well as 25 other local mummy businesses that make hand made baby and toddler clothing and accessories.
Support your local mum businesses by shopping small
We offer a wide range of beauty services from a manicure / pedicure, threading, full body waxing, semi permanent eyelashes (classic, hybrid & russian), brow lamination, lash lifts, dermaplaning, facials, massages, spray tanning and more.
We also offer children's pamper sessions and parties. Email for more info
Health and wellbeing is our passion at The Mama Sanctuary, and our holistic Therapy Rooms are at the very heart of what we do. For us, health isn’t only about physical wellbeing, but also about feeling balanced, happy and able to cope with the stress of everyday life. Our holistic team are fully qualified in all areas of massage, facials, pregnancy massage and Reiki - a must have for any anyone expecting a baby.
We use Neal's Yard products in all of our massages, facial and holistic treatments.
See our price list below for a full list of services.
Whether you're looking for a new look, a colour refresh, hair cut, hair extensions or a curly blow dry - Our Stylists will look after you and make you feel like a new woman. We use Revlon Ammonia Free hair dyes which are safe to use during pregnancy. Toddler and Children's hair cuts are available during the week and on a weekend. Treat yourself to an Olaplex hair treatment (we also stock the take-home range of Olaplex Products), or straighten those locks with the amazing Nano Keratin Treatment (Call to book your consultation on 0161 300 6835)
Beauty Works Hair Extensions are priced on Consultation
Call the salon 0161 300 6835 for more info
Now you can get pampered and enjoy a hot brew whilst our qualified Childcare Staff take care of your little ones. If you wish to keep baby with you we have baby bouncers, cribs, breastfeeding and bottle feeding aids placed around the Mama Sanctuary for your use.
Creche is FREE for the 1st child for the 1st hour, then £4 an hour after.
(Twins & Triplets count as 1)
£4 per hour for an additional child
Age from Birth to 11 Years Old.
See our FAQ'S for more info
Creche is open from 10am until 3pm Monday to Friday
**CRECHE BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL**
Call 0161 300 6835 to book your space
Baby Shower & Princess Pamper Parties
Are you looking to host a baby shower or princess pamper party at the Mama Sanctuary? We have packages available for groups of up to 8 which can take place on our booth seating in the Salon. Alternatively you can rent out the upstairs space (from Feb) for larger groups.
For more info on party bookings
Classes & Events
We regularly host Mum Meet Ups, Independent Midwife sessions, Pre & Postnatal support, breastfeeding advice and more.
We will be hosting various pregnancy, mum and baby classes from the end of January 2020. These will Include; baby first aid, baby massage, baby sensory, pregnancy and postnatal yoga / fitness, hypnobirthing courses, photography sessions, baby hand and foot casting and more.
If you're Interested in renting our upstairs space or advertising your baby business
Mum of 5 (Including Identical Twins) and lover of making things look pretty. I created Mama Sanctuary so you could all enjoy a little bit of 'me time' without that mum guilt.
As a new mum I know how difficult it is to have that much needed 'me time' without the mum guilt. You still need to be you, you still need to look after your emotional and mental wellbeing. I knew I had to create a Mama Sanctuary, not just for myself, but all you mums to be and new mums out there.
As a twin mum I know how expensive it is to buy 2 of everything, that's why I decided to make the childcare free for the 2nd child as we do get penalised for having 2 babies in 1 Pregnancy - Not here!
I hope you enjoy your time at Mama Sanctuary x
Hi, I’m Amy and I’m the manager at Mama Sanctuary.
My background is retail management but after 18 months off following the birth of my second son I fancied a change and when the opportunity came along to work at Mama Sanctuary I couldn’t wait.
I became manager in November 2020 (but I have been with the team from day 1) and I have been loving my new role. I love what an amazing team we have here and how talented and hard-working all the girls are.
It’s such a unique and special place to work and I love knowing we can make someone’s day just by giving them a bit of ‘me time’ and much needed time off from being a Mum for a few hours!
I’m excited for what the future holds for Mama Sanctuary x
I’m Louise M, our Senior stylist at Mama Sanctuary. I have been a professional hairdresser for 13 years now and I absolutely love my job! I can do all aspects of hair and I also specialise in Hair extensions and our amazing Keratin treatment.
I have worked in many different salons over the years including a Revlon professional academy, my goal is to make you feel absolutely fabulous by the end of your treatment, being a mum of twins I know first hand feeling good and being pampered is a rarity so coming to Mama Sanctuary and making use of our amazing crèche is just what we need!
I'm Katie, a hairstylist and colour technician at the mama sanctuary.
I started my hairdressing journey in 2012 at 16 years old age as a Saturday girl and worked my way up until I qualified in 2015. I specialise in balayage and curly blow drys as these are my favourites treatments to do.
I love the concept of the mama sanctuary, so mums and mums to be, can have a well deserved pamper whilst their children are being well looked after.
Senior Therapist & Lash Lady
Hi I’m Louise D
I have been in the beauty industry for over 14 years now. I have trained to the highest level of most beauty treatments from waxing, lashes, brows, pregnancy massage and other spa therapies, nails and body electrical treatments. Ie body contouring & hair removal.
Being a mum to a 4-year-old little girl myself I know all too well how important it is to have ‘you time’.
Working in mama sanctuary I feel there really is nowhere like it & it comes with such a genius concept! I just wish there was somthing like this when I was a new mum.
I’m so proud I can work in mama sanctuary to offer mums a ‘you time’ hub x
Senior Holistic Therapist
Hey there ... I’m Dawn and I’m a Senior Holistic and Reiki Therapist and Well-being consultant.
I have over 7 years experience and love the work that I do and the people’s lives I can make a difference to everyday. I have been with the Mama Sanctuary Team from day one on a part time basis providing treatments in Reiki, Massage (Inc Pregnancy), Facials, Manicures/Pedicures, Gels and Nail Art.
Other specialist treatments that I provide include Dry Cupping, Facial Cupping, Thai Foot Therapy, Made for Life (Cancer Touch Therapy) Hot Stone Therapy, Crystal Therapy and Indian Head Massage. I look forward to seeing all my returning clients and meeting many more new ones.
Beauty & Spa Therapist
Hi I'm Gemma, a Beauty/Spa therapist at The Mama Sanctuary. I have over 10 years experience in the Industry and after training in beauty I chose the Spa route.
I absolutely love working at the Mama sanctuary, it’s so relatable. As a mum myself to a 4-year-old little girl I would have longed for a place like this to visit with her when she was smaller.
I specialise in pregnancy massage here and I can’t recommend it enough to all the new mums to be out there. The response I get from my clients once I have done their treatment is so rewarding and is one of the main reasons why I love my job - I get to make someone else feel better about themselves.
My favourite treatment to do is Gel nails. I love this treatment the most as I feel it’s one I get to really interact with my client and it’s a treatment I feel I get to know them the most which personally as a therapist I think is SO important.
Spa & Beauty Therapist
Hi, I'm Katherine,
I’ve been a qualified therapist for 21 years, and there is no other job that I would rather do. I have worked in various salons and spas, and I'm a qualified trainer for several product houses. I do pretty much all spa and beauty treatments (Including Pregnancy massage) - my favourites are massage, facials and gel nails.
Qualified Childcare Assistant
Hi, I'm Charlotte, I have worked within the childcare sector for 6 and half years and I am level 4 qualified in education, I have experience with working with children from birth, up to the age of 11.
I am paediatric first aid trained and have my SEND training and have experience working with children with varied special educational needs/disabilities. I enjoy helping the children grow and looking after your little ones whilst you have a break.
Front of House & Therapist
Hello lovely mummies.
My name’s Fiona and I do Gel Nails, Blow Dry’s and Spray Tans here at the Mama Sanctuary. I’m also on the front of house so will greet and check you in as you arrive for your well deserved pamper time with us.
I have worked in this industry for most of my working life and it’s lovely to work in a place that has such amazing facilities for busy mums. As a mum myself I know how precious your Mama Sanctuary time is. I look forward to welcoming you and your little ones soon.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Mama Sanctuary
We are a Pregnancy & Motherhood Hub. We are a beauty salon/hairdressers/creche, baby boutique all rolled into one. We also have regular pregnancy, mum and baby events. Our fully qualified creche staff will look after your little ones while you enjoy some ‘me time’ and a pamper in peace! We also offer a range of children's hair& beauty services and pamper parties
Do I have to have a child to visit the salon?
No! We provide childcare for those who need it, but anyone is welcome in the salon. We have plenty of regular clients who do not have children or choose to leave their children at home.
How does the Creche work
Creche booking is essential. We only allow 3 little ones per staff member. If you do not book the creche in advance we may not have space for your little ones. Please call 0161 300 6835 to book a space.
Please arrive 5-10 minutes before your appointment time - You will be shown through to the creche. We will go through any queries you may have, and our staff will discuss if your little one(s) need anything during their time in the creche (feeding / naps / specific needs).
If your little one is very upset and not settling (maybe it’s their first time being left or they haven’t been apart from you in a while) then we can bring them out to you and you can keep them with you in a bouncer / high chair / pram (whatever works best for you or your little one)
Do you charge for the Creche & What's the age limit
The creche is free for the first hour for one child (twins and triplets count as one), additional hours are charged at £4 per hour. Other siblings will be charged at £4 per hour.
We do not have an age limit on the creche. Our staff are qualified childcare staff who have experience in baby room settings within nurseries and with older children. If you wish to bring older children after school, that is not a problem. We have arts and crafts, books, Ipads, TV with youtube (we can find your child's favourite programme). We have a cordoned off baby area with cribs, bouncers and baby toys.
Can I Breastfeed?
Yes, of course. We have seating and booth areas if you would like some privacy before or after your treatment (there’s no hurry to leave, take your time) and you can of course breast (or bottle) feed during your nail and hair appointments. We also have a Perfect Prep machine for anyone wanting to make up a bottle.
How are you different from other salons?
Well apart from the obvious difference of the creche we pride ourselves on being child friendly - you never need to worry about your little ones crying or making noise, that’s the whole purpose of the salon to make sure Mum’s feel at home and can enjoy their treatments without feeling like their little one is being too loud. We’re used to it and we’ve seen and heard it all before! All our staff are great with kids and will always try their best to help you out if you need help rocking baby to sleep or just giving them a cuddle whilst you have your nails done!
Where are you Located and Do you have Parking?
We are located in Stockport Town Centre (1 Princes Street, Stockport, SK1 1SL) We are next to Mollie & Oli and Halifax Bank, we are also opposite Barclays Bank and Cash Converters. You will not miss us - we are a large pink building right on the corner.
Where can I park?
There are various car parks within a few minutes walk. Tiviot Dale is across the road, on-street parking outside the salon (be aware of the parking signs as some bays are for permit holders only), there is also Red Rock Car Park, Sainsbury's & Asda who all have their own pay and display.
Do I need a patch test?
If you're having a hair colour, lash tinting or lash lift you will need a patch test at least 48 hours before your treatment. Please call the salon to arrange your patch test, or just call in if you're in the area
Do you sell Gift Vouchers?
Yes! You can purchase gift vouchers on our website (scroll down the page) these can be sent direct to your recipient's email address or printed off to put inside a card. We also sell card vouchers in store
When will my gift voucher expire?
If your voucher is one purchased off our website, or in-store there is no limit on when you can use it - we have now taken the expiry off all our vouchers due to Covid-19 and lockdowns affecting us being open so do not worry if your voucher is about to expire. If you have purchased a voucher from an external source (groupon) and it is about to expire please email your voucher details, name, email and tel number to
Looking for a gift for a mum to be or a mum who deserves a break? Treat her to a gift voucher which can be redeemed on all hair, beauty and holistic services. Free Creche for the duration of her treatments
Buy e-gift vouchers online now to print off or send direct to your recipients email.
Card vouchers are also available in store.
1 PRINCES STREET, STOCKPORT, SK1 1SL