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Managing birth expectations

It’s a difficult issue and one which is never perfect but it’s an important issue which I try to focus on with my classes and with my writing. Some people have general expectations about birth and others are more fixed, which a specific labour/birth in mind – this is all really valid and normal. Getting the balance right can be difficult though – over the years I have spoken to make mums who have only focused on some type of hypno as their birth prep and have felt completely equipped and prepared for the reality, which could mean more challenges. Every birth practitioner has a difference perspective on this, as does every pregnant woman – some focus only on straightforward birth for fear of jinxing it by learning more about caesareans and interventions, others focus on the straightforward and the complicated. I am a well trained and experienced antenatal teacher and I know dealing with expectations will never be spot on for every expectant parent – my practice is all about knowledge, skills and assertiveness …

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Birth on TV

I don’t watch many real birth programmes on TV mainly because they upset me so much and make me angry. The ones I have seen mainly show women on a bed – with no apparent reason for being there; and it’s all bright lights, interruptions and being told what to do and then is it any surprise that each labouring woman struggles and needs assistance. Labour and birth can be bloody tough – there’s pain, there’s endurance and there needs to be the right mindset/preparation, knowledge and support for the unpredictability and the amazing intensity. Women’s needs vary so much in labour but as a mother, as a doula and as a seasoned antenatal teacher I do know what can make a difference: being listened to; being asked what you need; being treated with kindness, compassion and professionalism; a gentle birth environment so you are encouraged to move and respond to the needs of your body and your baby with active birth equipment and birth pools; softer lighting and quiet; medical staff who are part …

Coaching For Parents

These are professional 1:1 sessions for you, the person behind the parent, to gain support, motivation and focus for different personal challenges while also balancing your responsibilities as a parent. This is about providing individualised, confidential and non-judgemental sessions to talk through and focus on the challenges affecting you which could include… feeling overwhelmed and in need of some thinking space stress management working towards better life balance developing effective coping strategies working through parenting and family challenges thinking through work challenges focus for decision-making focusing on what you need and what changes could be made needing clarity, focus and motivation focusing on you, to address the challenges and to boost wellbeing being the parent you want to be Why do I work parents? Being a parent can be an all-consuming job with little time left to focus on you, your own wellbeing, ambitions and the balancing act that your life may well involve. These 1:1 sessions are about focusing on your needs, while also being mindful of how they fit in with meeting the …

For postnatal & early parenting

Providing postnatal support and sessions for those early days, weeks and months with your baby is one of my specialities and passions. I am well trained and I have  worked with parents for a number of years so my practice is based on up-to-date research, first-hand experience and the different needs of parents – I aim to provide you with good information, coping strategies and reassurance so you can feel supported as you find what works for you and for your baby. My role is not to tell you what to do or how to parent, it is mainly to listen, to provide ideas and perspective and to make you tea. All of my postnatal sessions are about small groups and 1:1 appointments with tea, cake, chat, offloading and questions to ease isolation and have a chance to be listened to. Baby Massage Mondays & Fridays | 1-2.30pm | £35 Mother Cuppa Wednesdays | 1-3pm | £5 Weaning Workshop Thursdays | 1-3pm | £20 1:1 Appointments new baby | baby sleep service | being a …