Author: Janine Smith

5 Free Guides For Labour & Birth

I have written a series of practical guides for labour & birth to accompany my antenatal classes and 1:1 consultations with expectant parents. I have now made all 16 titles available to download. These guides are based on first-hand experience, parent experiences and latest research – they have been designed to prepare you well for the reality of labour and birth and to encourage you to think about your options. I have worked with expectant parents since 2002 and I listen to and learn from every parent I work with – this has a huge impact on my practice and it has enabled me to create a range of labour & birth handbooks which are straight-forward, realistic, practical and beneficial. 5 of these downloads are available for free: Labour & Birth Checklist Tips for Labour & Birth Your Birth Bag Your Birth Plan Going Over Your Due Date Just send me a message below and I will email straight to you. I hope you find them useful and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries – and here’s more information about the other Practical Guide titles and my …

Imposter Syndrome and what to do about it…

Most of us have been there – feeling like a fraud, waiting to be exposed, comparing yourself to others and being self-critical. It’s not pleasant but it is pretty common. I knew I wanted to write about this today so I did I quick bit of googling and imposter syndrome has been mentioned by Maya Angelou, Emma Watson, Jodie Foster and Meryl Streep. Sheryl Sandberg even talked about it in Lean In. So we are in good company. For me, personally, I can feel like an imposter with work. I am well trained, very experienced and good at my job as an antenatal and postnatal practitioner, as well as a writer, but I do hold myself back. I can feel like all that isn’t enough because I’m not a midwife and I’m not NCT. But I don’t want to be a midwife and, despite being NCT-trained, I chose not to work for the NCT so what is my problem? Comparing and not feeling good enough is my problem and I have been making huge steps …

HallingWolfe Teething Jewellery

This jewellery is fabulous – I bought a necklace and a bracelet as a present for my sister-in-law and I was really impressed, which is why I wanted HallingWolfe on my Directory. HallingWolfe is all about durable jewellery and accessories for mammas, babies and anyone who likes them! You can design your own at private bead parties, which take place in various locations across Newcastle and Tyneside or you can buy online or in person. Head over to the HallingWolfe Facebook page for more information on parties and buying options.  

NK Ceremonies

  Nancy is a Newcastle-based wedding and naming celebrant – she is a lovely warm and funny person and she puts so much energy into making ceremonies personal, engaging and special. Performing ceremonies across Newcastle and Tyneside, Nancy will take the time to make your day exactly as you want it. Head over to Nancy’s website to find out more about NK Ceremonies.    nkceremonies.co.uk