All posts filed under: Birth, Baby & Family Practice

Small group and 1:1 sessions for parents

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 1:1 session

After working with groups of parents, there was a demand for 1:1 sessions from parents who wanted private sessions. Parents now book appointments with me to focus on a range of parenting and personal challenges… pregnancy sessions & birth debrief birth preparation new babies/new parents bedtime & sleep for babies and children going back to work after maternity leave loss of identity work/life balance being a parent & parenting challenges meeting the needs of more than one child feeling overwhelmed as a parent spending time together as a couple being a grandparent changing relationships with friends and family   The benefits… These sessions are focused on you, so they are tailored to your need for information, reassurance and coping strategies for you and for your family. These sessions are not counselling, they are not about shoulds or being told what to do, they are about having the time to share, offload and focus on the issues you are finding challenging. You can develop plans and coping strategies to manage these challenges. You can focus on …