Antenatal Course

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This is a thorough antenatal course to better prepare you for your birth and for your new baby


Based on first-hand experience, up-to-date information, research and proven practical skills, this course has been designed to better prepare you for the reality of labour and birth and to encourage you to be at the centre of your care.

With a range of resources to read and use at home, this course is ideal if you are expecting your first baby and it also works well as a refresher if you are getting ready to birth again.

In five sessions you will gain knowledge about…

  • EARLY LABOURwhat to expect, knowing your options, managing your contractions and managing your energy when you are at home
  • ESTABLISHED LABOUR & GIVING BIRTH – what to expect, managing your contractions, managing your energy, pain relief, knowing your options
  • WHAT CAN HELP & WHAT CAN HINDER – the essentials that can make a big difference in labour, for birth, with epidurals and with inductions
  • GOOD BIRTH SUPPORT – so birth partners know how to help and how to be an advocate
  • EFFECTIVE POSITIONS FOR LABOUR & BIRTH – to move, to rest, to use gravity to help your contractions, to use with epidurals, to use with induction and to be more comfortable
  • USING YOUR BREATHINGto stay calm, to work with contractions, to use with all births and to head off any panic
  • INDUCTION, EPIDURAL & CAESAREANS – these can all be a necessary part of labour and birth so it helps to be better prepared, to know what to expect and to know more about your options
  • USING PAIN RELIEF EFFECTIVELY – knowing more about your options and how to use the different pain relief methods well
  • PANIC POINTSwhere these are more likely to happen and how to manage them
  • MEETING YOUR BABY & YOUR RECOVERY – so you know more about your options and what to expect
  • EARLY DAYS & WEEKS WITH YOUR BABYpreparing your home for your new baby; what to expect with a newborn; feeding; sleep; how to soothe and settle your baby; what your baby may need and what you may need so you can look after your baby and so you can look after yourselves as new parents

The aim of my antenatal course is to provide you with good knowledge, practical information & techniques, along with discussion and a chance to ask questions.

This is not about labour & birth being easy, it’s about being able to put yourself at the centre of your care and managing the different challenges of labour & birth.

Only 27% of labours are without any intervention, so it is important to know more about induction, caesareans, assisted delivery and epidurals – this gives you more knowledge about what to expect, what your options are and how to stay as calm as possible if your labour becomes more complicated.

I provide a professional, welcoming and personalised course…
I teach small groups of parents – my courses run with 2, 3, or 4 couples so each session is informal, enabling you to focus on the information and providing you with the space to chat, to ask questions and gather information while feeling comfortable and relaxed. This way, you can focus on your needs so you can think about your options and what might be helpful for you.


This antenatal course is attended by expectant parents from across Tyneside, Newcastle & Northumberland
5 sessions | 7-9pm | £150 |North Shields


FOR PARENTS DUE IN FEBRUARY/MARCH/APRIL
January 6, 13, 20, 27 & February 3
THIS COURSE IS FULL

FOR PARENTS DUE IN APRIL/MAY/JUNE
March 2, 16, 23, 30 & April 6

FOR PARENTS DUE IN JUNE/JULY/AUGUST
April 20, 27, May 4, 11 & 18

FOR PARENTS DUE IN JULY/AUGUST/SEPTEMBER
May 25, June 1, 8, 15, 22

FOR PARENTS DUE IN AUGUST/SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER
July 8, 15, 22, 25 & 29

FOR PARENTS DUE IN OCTOBER/NOVEMBER/DECEMBER
September 7, 14, 21, 28 & October 5

FOR PARENTS DUE IN DECEMBER/JANUARY
October 12, 19, November 2, 9 & 16

FOR PARENTS DUE IN JANUARY/FEBRUARY
November 23, 30, December 7, 14 & 21

1:1Birth Preparation sessions are also available.

Just get in touch to book your place…

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antenatal classes newcastle tyneside

With Janine Smith
A specialist in pregnancy, birth & early parenting
I have worked with parents since 2002 and, as a practitioner with professional training and experience, I am trusted to provide a balance of reliable knowledge, non-judgemental support and much needed reassurance.

My approach is not about telling you what to do – it is to listen, to provide you with the opportunity to ask questions, it is about providing ideas and information, helping you to formulate plans and to find what works for you and for your family.

The focus is on your wellbeing in pregnancy, for birth, as a parent and as you, the person behind the parent and I have created informal but effective small group and 1:1 sessions to provide ongoing information, support and reassurance as you need it.