Birth Consultations

good information | an experienced practitioner | practical skills |effective sessions

1:1 birth consultations are parent-focused antenatal sessions to help you prepare for the birth of your baby with confidence, good information and effective practical skills. And because these are your sessions, you can focus on whatever you need to…

labour and birth | birth support | birth after loss | birth debrief | induction | caesarean | life with your baby | feeding | pregnancy or birth anxiety | birth peptalk

My birth preparation sessions are not only about knowledge and skills – they are also about assertiveness, confidence, having realistic expectations and feeling equipped to cope with the challenges. I aim to better prepare you with your options for straight-forward birth as well as the questions to ask so you know more about your options if you need additional monitoring, an induction or a caesarean when your options could be different.


2 x 2 hour Birth Essentials sessions
1 x 90 minute Relax & Breathe session
1 x 2 hour New Baby session

BIRTH ESSENTIALS | £120 | 2 x 2 hour sessions
From the first contraction to meeting your baby, including caesareans and induction

BIRTH BASICS | £60 | 2 hours
Early labour, established labour, giving birth, contractions, birth support and positions for labour & birth

BIRTH REFRESHER | £60 | 2 hours
For second-time parents to focus on labour & birth
Includes phone support in early labour and during the first week with your baby

It can be useful to focus on your role as a birth partner – what you can do to help, how you can provide support and how to look after you as well

Know what to expect and how to manage your induction

Getting you prepared for your planned caesarean

RELAX & BREATHE FOR BIRTH | £40 | 90 minutes
Brilliantly simple but effective breathing skills for birth

LIFE WITH YOUR NEW BABY | £60 | 2 hours
What to expect and how to cope in those first few weeks

BIRTH DEBRIEF | £40 | 90 minutes
Your chance to talk through the birth of your baby

BIRTH PEPTALK | £35 | up to 1 hour
If you need last minute information or reassurance about birth

PREGNANCY / BIRTH ANXIETY | £40 | up to 90 minutes
A chance to work through any anxiety in pregnancy or about giving birth



Daytime, Evening & Weekend sessions are available so consultations can be arranged at a time to best suit you.

Monday: 10am | 1pm | 4pm | 7pm
Wednesday: 4pm | 7pm
Thursday: 10am | 1pm| 4pm | 7pm
Friday: 10am | 4pm
Saturday: 10am

They can take place in my consulting space in North Shields or I can come to your home.
(if you live outside North Tyneside there may be an additional travel fee)

antenatal classes newcastle tynesideWith Janine Smith

I am a specialist in pregnancy, birth and early parenting – I have worked with expectant parents since 2002 and I have taught antenatal classes almost weekly since 2005.  Due to being NCT-trained and my knowledge, training and experience, I am able to provide information, support and reassurance for all expectant parents.
My sessions are friendly and informal – not like a classroom – with small groups and 1:1 sessions so you can ask questions and gather all the information you need.
In addition to general birth preparation, I specialise in being parent-focused so I can provide support for specific issues such as birth anxiety, giving birth again, being induced, planned caesareans and homebirths. I am a mum of three and I have also worked as a birth doula, so I have attended a number of births.