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Antenatal classes for expectant parents across Tyneside

Wondering about antenatal classes?

I have worked as a pregnancy and birth practitioner since 2002 – as an antenatal teacher and as a birth doula – so I have now worked with thousands of parents and I know pregnancy & birth, as well as the different needs of expectant parents very well. Labour and birth can be brilliant, it can be euphoric, it can straight-forward, it can become complicated and it can be overwhelming. Good birth preparation goes a long way – by gaining good information you know more about the childbirth process, what helps and what might not; practical skills to focus on being comfortable and staying calm; with discussion and a chance to ask questions so you know more about your options as well as benefiting from an experienced perspective. I passionately believe that when labour is straight-forward, the contractions are completely do-able with very little pain relief – good strategies, support and good dollop of realistic preparation is very effective and there is nothing to fear. But there are some common factors that can impact how …

Reasons to book a birth debrief

The main aim of my birth debrief service is to provide you with the opportunity to talk through the birth of your baby.  It could be that your labour and birth was not what you expected or it could have left you feeling upset – a birth debrief session will enable you to ask questions, talk it through and make better sense of what happened. The benefits… You can talk your labour and birth through with an experienced birth practitioner, who understands the complexities of birth Being able to share openly in a private session, to get it all out, can be very therapeutic – it can feel like a release to talk it through rather than holding it all in. This can be useful for any parent – it doesn’t matter how long ago a baby was born – and it can be a beneficial service for both parents to use, together or separately. About me… I am an experienced antenatal teacher and postnatal group leader and I have worked with parents since 2002. …

Reasons to book relax & breathe

The main aim of my Relax & Breathe sessions is to provide you with straight-forward, effective and adaptable relaxation and breathing techniques. There’s no fuss and wishy-washy activities – it is just knowing how to use and control your breathing when you need to. Calm breathing and letting go of tension is great in pregnancy and it is really effective in labour and for birth – helping you to stay calm and focused but also to enable your body to contract and do what it needs to do to bring you your baby. I have taught Relax & Breathe monthly for over ten years now – my sessions are based on tried and test techniques which can be adapted and used differently by everyone. The benefits… I am trained to teach relaxation and breathing techniques for pregnancy, labour and birth so you can benefit from practical tools for aches and pains, for your contractions, to have more energy, to have focus, to stay calm and to have more control over you. I provide small group …

Reasons to book antenatal classes

Congratulations on your pregnancy! As you are looking into antenatal classes, you may already be starting to think about the birth of your baby. My antenatal classes 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 strategies and 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. This is about putting you at the centre of your care so you can say what you need and be involved with decisions. The benefits… I have about 17 years experience of teaching antenatal classes, I am professionally trained and I have attended births as a doula but what’s in it for you… practical & realistic information for labour, birth, staying calm, for movement and resting, for contractions and for managing energy classes with an experienced practitioner who knows birth and who is also trained …

A birth story…

A mum who has asked to stay anonymous sent me a message about the birth prep session we had years ago. It has made me beam and it sums up exactly why I do what I do – my birth prep is beyond just the information, it is about being assertive and saying what you need because that matters… “I’m not sure if I ever told you but I do talk about this still and I really appreciate the birth preparation session you provided for us.  I think people sometimes think these sessions are for first time but we came for our second pregnancy as we’d had quite a gap and I wanted to be prepared again. In a nutshell I had a super easy, super speedy first birth with my first son.  When I was pregnant with my 2nd son, one of my good friends (who has also had an easy first birth) had an induction and a terrible experience with her 2nd birth.  I was preoccupied with this when we came to the …