All posts filed under: labour & birth

Confident Birthing

If you are pregnant, my aim is to inform and equip you with a brilliant range of knowledge and practical skills so you can be better prepared for the birth of your baby. Confident Birthing is about different perspectives and needs for labour and birth – we are all different and labour is a unique experience for every woman. This is about knowing what can help during labour and birth so you can work out what you might need, where your challenges might lie and how you can deal with those. It is about having more confidence in labour & birth so you know your options and so you can adapt if those options change. As expectant parents you are going to benefit from thorough antenatal classes – which run as small group and 1:1 sessions and which will be available as an online course this year. As a professionally-trained and experienced antenatal teacher, my sessions are about working with all parents so this includes getting you better prepared for induction, for a caesarean, as …

After birth – looking after you…

I saw this on social media yesterday and I love it, shared it and nicked it – I have received a few messages about it and there was an interesting thread on the original post which was a combination of agreement and a bit of criticism. I speak to a lot of new mums and the overwhelming conversation is: “I wish I had rested more at the beginning”. Mumming is relentless because we are always on duty so to rest in the beginning is vital – when we are recovering from birth, resting, feeding and bonding with our baby. Of course this isn’t prescriptive and it won’t be right for everyone but something that provokes conversation and encourages women to rest and for partners and families to support that rest can only be a good thing. Rest afterwards can be about bedding in for a few days – being looked after and cared for so you can rest and sleep and cuddle your baby. And for the next few days it can be about pottering …

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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 …

Pregnancy & Birth Guide for Newcastle, Tyneside & Northumberland

Being launched in May 2019… The Pregnancy & Birth Guide for parents across Newcastle, Tyneside & Northumberland will provide a range of information about… local maternity units – facilities & policies care in pregnancy pregnancy wellbeing & fitness pregnancy support and information  birth prep tips antenatal class information new baby support & services new baby tips tips for choosing childcare This is being launched in May 2019 – you can subscribe below for sneak peaks of information which could be relevant to you during your pregnancy and for the finished guide. And please do message me with any queries. Janine | Birth, Baby & Family A specialist in pregnancy, birth, babies & parent support