All posts filed under: labour & birth

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 …

Practical Guides to Labour & Birth

I have written a series of practical guides for labour & birth to accompany my antenatal classes and 1:1 consultations with expectant parents. I have now made all 16 titles available to download. These guides are based on first-hand experience, parent experiences and latest research – they have been designed to prepare you well for the reality of labour and birth and to encourage you to think about your options. I have worked with expectant parents since 2002 and I listen to and learn from every parent I work with – this has a huge impact on my practice and it has enabled me to create a range of labour & birth handbooks which are straight-forward, realistic, practical and beneficial. I hope you find them useful and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries. Janine | Birth, Baby & Family A specialist in pregnancy, birth and early parenting Practical Guides for Labour & Birth 16 titles covering the essentials of labour & birth Early Labour Established Labour Giving Birth Relax & Breathe Birth Support Pain Relief Labour & Birth Checklist Tips for Labour & Birth Your Birth Bag Your Birth Plan …

Labour & Birth: why does how you breathe matter?

We can all breathe right, 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. So many of the pregnant women I work with comment that they didn’t realise how much tension they were carrying – but having a session to slow their breathing and to relax their body makes them aware of their tense jaw and stiff shoulders. Stress and tension isn’t that great for us – it can make us ache and it can make us tired and carrying this tension into labour isn’t helpful …

What do labouring women need?

Labour will always fascinate me – just how different it can be, how different each individual woman can feel and handle those contractions and the different support a woman might need. I have seen women roar during their labour – they have come to life with their contractions and can labour with very little hands-on support, just having the right people in the room has been enough. I have seen women need support with every contraction, from mild labour and right through to pushing out their baby. I have seen women need their partner by their side at all times. I have seen women need their partner to be far far away from them. I have seen women accept and embrace their contractions and I have seen women dread each one, only to feel relief with an epidural or a caesarean. I have seen women relax and feeling safe and less pain in water and I have seen women hate being in water, feeling too exposed. I have seen women who believe in their ability …