All posts filed under: janine smith

Imposter Syndrome and what to do about it…

Most of us have been there – feeling like a fraud, waiting to be exposed, comparing yourself to others and being self-critical. It’s not pleasant but it is pretty common. I knew I wanted to write about this today so I did I quick bit of googling and imposter syndrome has been mentioned by Maya Angelou, Emma Watson, Jodie Foster and Meryl Streep. Sheryl Sandberg even talked about it in Lean In. So we are in good company. For me, personally, I can feel like an imposter with work. I am well trained, very experienced and good at my job as an antenatal and postnatal practitioner, as well as a writer, but I do hold myself back. I can feel like all that isn’t enough because I’m not a midwife and I’m not NCT. But I don’t want to be a midwife and, despite being NCT-trained, I chose not to work for the NCT so what is my problem? Comparing and not feeling good enough is my problem and I have been making huge steps …

Spreading the word – antenatal classes…

I have taught antenatal classes since 2002 when I started my training with the NCT and then as an independent practitioner. I have found my place in this busy birth prep market – in amongst the free NHS classes, the NCT classes, the hypnobirthing and the different franchises, there is me. Working with expectant parents is my absolute passion and I pride myself of personalised birth prep, so you can know more about your options, you can talk through them and feel better prepared for your birth. We all need different options and strategies and that is what I am all about. I am now at a point where I want to work with more expectant parents – with antenatal classes, relax & breathe and 1:1 birth consultations. To equip, empower, support and reassure expectant parents for all births: straight-forward, complicated, waterbirths, induction, caesareans. My birth prep philosophy is about focusing on parents with small groups and 1:1 sessions and providing robust information, skills and support: it is about knowing what works and what might not …

If your baby is due in April, May or June…

Your thoughts might be turning to birth and getting as birth ready as possible. Here’s what I have coming up for first and second time parents… Antenatal Courses: March 18, 25, April 1, 8 & 15 April 17, 24, May 1, 8 & 15 Relax & Breathe: Workshops – March 28 & April 18 Course – April 29, May 13 & 20 1:1 Sessions: For birth and baby preparation I have daytime, evening and weekend appointments on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday to work around your schedule. Why book with Birth, Baby & Family? My antenatal sessions have been carefully designed to be effective, to provide a balance of good information, practical skills, discussion and questions. I specialise in running small groups and 1:1 sessions to provide personalised birth preparation – so you can focus on your needs for labour and birth preparation. My antenatal classes are thorough, empowering and thought-provoking – they are about having realistic expectations for birth, knowing what can help, what can get in the way and the importance of communication …

Antenatal Class: topics and questions

During last night’s antenatal class we talked about: pain relief – TENS, using gas & air, diamorphine, epidurals and birthing pools birth – the individuality of pushing and birth, being guided by your body, using positions, the benefits of gravity, working with your body and doing what feels right for you. It’s all about having realistic expectations which may differ from the images we see on television – women rarely need to be on the bed to give birth and you don’t need to be told what to do with pushing. caesareans – why they can become necessary, who is in the room, what it involves, skin-to-skin with your baby, options and recovery. your placenta and delayed cord clamping – your options, gathering information and questions to ask. meeting your baby – what babies can look like, newborn baby checks, the benefits of skin-to-skin, your options and gathering the support you need   As an antenatal teacher I constantly go on about… using gravity going with what feels right and comfortable saying what you need …