Author: Janine Smith

Links to useful organisations

Here are links to a range of websites and social media accounts for pregnancy, birth and early parenting… Pregnant Then ScrewedSupport for women who have faced maternity or pregnancy discrimination, including free legal advice For pregnancy & birth… Mama AcademyHelping babies arrive safely Kicks CountThe baby movement resource and awareness campaign TommysFunding research into stillbirth, premature birth and miscarriage, and providing information for parents-to-be Twins TrustSupporting twins, triplets and more For new parents… BlissFor babies who are born premature or sick Lullaby TrustSafer sleep for babies BasisBaby sleep information source Pandas FoundationSupport for families coping with pregnancy and postnatal mental illnesses MINDFor better mental health KellymomEvidence-based information on breastfeeding La Leche LeagueBreastfeeding support The Nappy LadyWashable nappy help North East Sling LibrarySling hire and advice for parents across the North East For babyloss… SANDSAdvice and support for stillbirth and neonatal death Useful social media… Birth, Baby & Family – for pregnancy, birth & early parentingInstagram: @birthbabyandfamilyFacebook: @birthbabyandfamily Lucy Webber Lactation ConsultantFacebook: @lucywebberbreastfeeding Legendairy MilkInstagram: @legendairymilk The Nappy LadyFacebook: @thenappylady North East Sling LibraryFacebook: @northeastslings Pregnant …

Pregnancy & Birth Conversations: January

I work with so many parents I am going to start to share just a little bit of the conversations we have and the questions I am asked. I started a new antenatal course last night with a brilliant group where conversation flowed and the questions kept coming. This is why I run small groups and 1:1 sessions, so parents can be honest, they can share and they have a platform to be heard and to focus on their need for knowledge, strategies and reassurance. It’s a privilege to do my job, I work hard at it, it’s my passion and I love working with parents in this way.

Here's to 2020

This time of year can be full of posts declaring bigger and better for the year ahead – but I’m just going to keep doing what I do: small groups & private sessions for parents and writing useful posts here. My work aim for this year is to keep keeping it simple with honest, realistic information, good support and as much reassurance as I can dish out for parents. My role as a practitioner is about confidence, wellbeing, community, being heard and feeling less alone. The one change I need to make is to shout about it more and your help is vital – your recommendations, feedback and post sharing makes all the difference, so please do share my details with anyone who is pregnant or who has a new baby. Thank you!Jx

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Your body during pregnancy & birth

There’s a lot going on in your body during pregnancy, as well as during labour and birth… Your body during pregnancy – hormones As soon as the placenta starts to form and the cells, which are fast becoming your baby, have implanted into the side of the uterus, your baby will produce human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) – these levels will double every couple of days, reaching its peak by about 10 weeks when the levels start to level out as the placenta starts to function. OestrogenThis hormone is needed to:*stimulate the placenta to ensure that it grows and works well*develop your baby’s lungs, liver and kidney *work with progesterone to grow your breast tissue for milk production*work with relaxin to loosen your ligaments and joints so your body can expand for your growing baby and to provide the space for your baby to be born The rapidly growing levels of oestrogen in early pregnancy may cause sickness and nausea. ProgesteroneThis is a very powerful hormone – levels are very high during pregnancy. In early pregnancy …

Prioritising straightforward birth

At some point during your pregnancy, you will need to focus on the birth of your baby – to know more about how it all works, what helps, what doesn’t, what your options are, how you can manage contractions and energy and what your strategies might be. It’s about good knowledge and practical skills, questions, realistic expectations and a good dose of feistiness when needed. This helps you and your birth partner become better prepared for labour, birth and any challenges.