Author: Janine Smith

Mother Cuppa Mugs

My Mother Cuppa mugs are now available to buy…   They are £10 each and they can be collected from North Shields – if you are local to me I can deliver – or UK postage is an additional £2.95   Just message me to buy your mug…    

If your baby is due in March or April

Whether this is your first, second, third or fourth baby, you will benefit from some birth preparation – it could be about gathering information and skills, refreshing your knowledge, birth debrief and getting your head focused for the birth of your baby. Here’s what I have available for you… ANTENATAL COURSE: Mondays – January 14, 21, 28, February 4 & 11 (7-9pm) and Wednesdays – February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6 (7-9pm) RELAX & BREATHE WORKSHOP Thursdays – January 24 or February 28  (7-8.30pm) RELAX & BREATHE COURSE Wednesdays: January 16, 23 & 30 1:1 SESSIONS: Daytime, Evening & Weekend appointments are available Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any queries.     Janine | Birth, Baby & Family A specialist in pregnancy, birth & parent support          

If your baby is due in February or March…

Whether this is your first, second, third or fourth baby, you will benefit from some birth preparation – it could be about gathering information and skills, refreshing your knowledge, birth debrief and getting your head focused for the birth of your baby. Here’s what I have available for you… ANTENATAL COURSE: Mondays – January 14, 21, 28. February 4 & 11 from 7-9pm RELAX & BREATHE COURSE: Wednesdays -January 16, 23 & 30 from 7-8.30pm 1:1 SESSIONS: Daytime, Evening & Weekend appointments are available   Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any queries.     Janine | Birth, Baby & Family A specialist in pregnancy, birth & parent support    

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Do antenatal classes really make a difference?

I was asked this question the other day. And, as an antenatal teacher, my answer is yes – if I didn’t think they made a difference, I wouldn’t be doing this job. I love what I do and I honestly believe it makes a difference – this will be different for everyone because some parents need more information and support than others and it also depends on the antenatal classes. I can only talk about mine which I have designed to provide information, practical skills, discussion and the opportunity to ask questions – and they are based on 15 years experience working with expectant and new parents. Parents book on to my antenatal courses to get better prepared, to gather information, to feel less anxious and to have more control over the unknown they are faced with. My antenatal classes can make a difference because they give you the opportunity to think about labour & birth so you know… more about the physiology of labour and birth, so you are not scared of your contractions …

Labour & Birth: why does how you breathe matter?

We can all breathe right, so why do we need to know how to breathe for labour and birth? I have focused on Relax & Breathe for the past 10 years and I have seen how relaxed breathing has made a difference to how women feel in pregnancy, as well as how it can affect how they feel and work with their contractions during labour. My practice is all about keeping it simple – you don’t need to learn a new way to breathe, it is all about slowing down your breathing and learning to switch off and to focus on just breathing. So many of the pregnant women I work with comment that they didn’t realise how much tension they were carrying – but having a session to slow their breathing and to relax their body makes them aware of their tense jaw and stiff shoulders. Stress and tension isn’t that great for us – it can make us ache and it can make us tired and carrying this tension into labour isn’t helpful …