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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 …

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Pregnancy & Birth – how and why to use your breathing…

Breathing can be an effective way to stay calm, to have more energy, to have some more control, to work with your contractions and enable your body to work more effectively BUT what does that mean? We can all breathe, so why do we need to know how to breathe for labour and birth? I have focused on Relax & Breathe for the past 10 years and I have seen how relaxed breathing has made a difference to how women feel in pregnancy, as well as how it can affect how they feel and work with their contractions during labour. My practice is all about keeping it simple – you don’t need to learn a new way to breathe, it is all about slowing down your breathing and learning to switch off and to focus on just breathing. To be able to relax and focus on your breathing, it can also help to know what to expect: to know what your body needs to do in labour and birth and to know what is going on …

Why my teaching space is a special place…

My teaching space is at home, a very special room that connects everything I love. The room I see my clients in for antenatal sessions, birth debrief, baby massage, postnatal groups and 1:1 sessions is a relaxing, warm, cosy & comfortable space. It is the room I meet with amazing parents for the job I love: supporting and reassuring; answering questions; providing a safe space to offload and talk through challenges. It is a room I spent time in during all three of my pregnancies and it is a room I laboured in with all three of my children; it is the room I cuddled two of my new babies in, shortly after they were born; It is the room I learnt to breastfeed my eldest two children; It is the room they were in when they first met their grand-parents; It is the room where my girls took their first steps; It is a room where I raised my children –  where we have played, danced, laughed cried and cuddled; It is the room …

Welcome to 2019

It’s January and I am smiling. I am starting the year with renewed energy, positivity and happiness. Last year was all about big decisions and change – which was very much needed. I am very proud of the little family centre I had but it was professionally and personally exhausting and now I have more time to focus on the work I want to provide for parents, on the work I want to pursue for myself and I have more time for me. And I continue to be proud of my brilliant little practice, the work I do and the parents I meet. I am excited about the year ahead… Birth, Baby & Family will go on specialising in antenatal and postnatal sessions and support, with the introduction of 1:1 sessions for women. And I will be writing more about the different aspects of parenting and being a parent with practical information and ideas, insights and the occasional offload. You can subscribe to this website, you can follow me on Instagram and on Facebook and …

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During Your Maternity Leave

When your baby is here and you are on maternity leave, there is a lot of information on these pages about babies and early parenting and I provide a range of support and sessions for parents with a baby… Postnatal Doula Service – 1:1 support during the early days with your baby to help with feeding, sleep and adjusting to life with a new baby. Mother Cuppa – a weekly drop-in session for mums at the end of their pregnancy and for mums on maternity leave with their baby Baby Massage – a small group course for mums and babies running over 5 weeks with conversation, support, tea and cake Weaning Workshop – a small group session to take the stress out of introducing solid food Sleep Support – 1:1 support, information, ideas and reassurance for tired parents 1:1 Consultations – private sessions to provide practical information and support as well as to talk through any anxieties and fears, your adjustment to being a parent | birth debrief | sleep support   My small group …