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5 Free Guides For 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. 5 of these downloads are available for free: Labour & Birth Checklist Tips for Labour & Birth Your Birth Bag Your Birth Plan Going Over Your Due Date Just send me a message below and I will email straight to you. I hope you find them useful and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries – and here’s more information about the other Practical Guide titles and my …

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 …