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Antenatal classes for expectant parents across Tyneside

Reasons to book my antenatal classes…

The main aim of antenatal classes is to prepare you for the birth of your baby and there are a range of antenatal classes available – free NHS classes, hypnobirthing, NCT and a splattering of different franchises. I am NCT-trained practitioner and I work  as an independent antenatal teacher and postnatal group leader. I have worked with expectant and new parents for a number of years and my sessions have been designed to be effective and to provide good knowledge as well as practical skills and strategies for labour & birth. The benefits… I have about 16 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 to work with expectant parents to be able to focus on your unique needs for birth preparation and so you can ask questions small groups and 1:1 sessions …

Practical Guides to Labour & Birth

I have written a series of practical guides for labour & birth to accompany my antenatal classes and 1:1 consultations with expectant parents. I have now made all 16 titles available to download. These guides are based on first-hand experience, parent experiences and latest research – they have been designed to prepare you well for the reality of labour and birth and to encourage you to think about your options. I have worked with expectant parents since 2002 and I listen to and learn from every parent I work with – this has a huge impact on my practice and it has enabled me to create a range of labour & birth handbooks which are straight-forward, realistic, practical and beneficial. I hope you find them useful and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries. Janine | Birth, Baby & Family A specialist in pregnancy, birth and early parenting Practical Guides for Labour & Birth 16 titles covering the essentials of labour & birth Early Labour Established Labour Giving Birth Relax & Breathe Birth Support Pain Relief Labour & Birth Checklist Tips for Labour & Birth Your Birth Bag Your Birth Plan …

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 …