Author: Janine Smith

Mental Health Awareness Week – Anxiety

I have always been really open about my mental health, especially when it could be relevant and helpful for other people. Anxiety is a huge part of who I am but anxiety makes me feel weak – I would never feel that about anyone else who experiences it but I feel like it is a flaw in me that I am desperate to control. If I let it control me, I would never do anything. My safe place is home, my safe people are my husband and my children and I can struggle to leave the house when it grips. I am able to work, I am able to parent, I cook, I live but I have to talk myself through it all. Travelling on my own can make me anxious – not short journeys in the car or on the metro but if I need to fly or take the train. When I explain that I am an anxious flyer people can assume I am scared of crashing – I’m not at all – …

Reasons to book a 1:1 session

After working with groups of parents, there was a demand for 1:1 sessions from parents who wanted private sessions. Parents now book appointments with me to focus on a range of parenting and personal challenges… pregnancy sessions & birth debrief birth preparation new babies/new parents bedtime & sleep for babies and children going back to work after maternity leave loss of identity work/life balance being a parent & parenting challenges meeting the needs of more than one child feeling overwhelmed as a parent spending time together as a couple being a grandparent changing relationships with friends and family   The benefits… These sessions are focused on you, so they are tailored to your need for information, reassurance and coping strategies for you and for your family. These sessions are not counselling, they are not about shoulds or being told what to do, they are about having the time to share, offload and focus on the issues you are finding challenging. You can develop plans and coping strategies to manage these challenges. You can focus on …

Reasons to book a sleep session

The main aim of my sleep sessions is to provide you with some good support and reassurance, along with good information and ideas for sleep and rest because you are a tired parent. I have run 1:1 and small group sessions and no two sessions are the same – every parent has their own questions, concerns and expectations around sleep. My sessions are based on the latest research as well as the individual needs of parents and their babies. I don’t talk about shoulds or have-tos – it is about finding what works for you and your baby or child. Babies and children have their own sleep needs and it is normal for these needs to vary, depending on development, growth and changes to their day – we will talk through different ideas for settling your baby or child, for bedtime routines, for naps and for night-time sleep. The Benefits… You can attend a monthly baby sleep workshop or you can arrange a 1:1 session, especially if you have an older baby or child. I …

Reasons to book baby massage

The aim of my baby massage course is to provide comfortable. relaxing sessions for mums and their babies. Your baby can enjoy the sensory lights while you can sit back and chat with the other mums, ask questions and get reassurance on all things baby with tea and cake. The benefits… With small groups, you can feel sit back and relax with your baby. You will receive a baby massage oil and handouts to use at home In addition to learning and using effective baby massage techniques to help settle and sooth your baby, my main aim is to provide enjoyable sessions for you. I am trained to run postnatal groups so my sessions provide an opportunity for you to ask questions about you and your baby. About me… I am a specialist in early parenting – I have provided regular postnatal groups since 2008 and baby massage since 2010. My work with parents is about providing a balance of good information, support and reassurance. My training and experience also means I am able to provide …

Reasons to book Mother Cuppa

Mother Cuppa is all about cosy, comfortable, reassuring sessions for mums on maternity leave – from pregnancy and with your baby. The benefits… With small sessions, you can ask questions, offload and get reassurance when you need it on feeding, sleep, baby development and being a mum. It can just be about informal sessions to have conversations with other mums. Essential refuelling with tea, fresh coffee and cake. I am an experienced postnatal group leader – so my sessions are designed to provide you with the space to get all the support you need. About me… I am a specialist in early parenting and I have provided postnatal groups since 2008. My work with parents is about providing a balance of good information, support and reassurance. My training and experience also means I am able to provide effective postnatal sessions by having the time to listen, respond and help develop personalised plans and coping strategies. I am also a mum of three. I run sessions from my base in North Shields and all of my sessions …