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what’s the point of antenatal classes…

I work with a lot of parents – antenatally as well as postnatally – so there is always a lot of discussion around birth and preparation for it. A common themes is the assumption that all antenatal classes are the same – they’re not. There can be a lot of well-meaning antenatal classes out there but that doesn’t mean it’s effective birth preparation. Good antenatal classes can make a huge difference to confidence which means that expectant parents can have more understanding of the process, a greater belief in their ability and the confidence to ask questions, to put themselves at the centre of their care – this is so important because maternity units can be busy and even the most brilliant of midwives are juggling. Labour can be straight-forward, or it can be tough going – I am passionate about preparing you as best I can for the changes that can happen so you feel better able to go with it, to stay calm and to keep gathering the information. My antenatal classes focus …

Schedule of Sessions

I work with parents during pregnancy, for birth preparation and during the early weeks & months as parents with a new baby. I provide a combination of small group and 1:1 sessions… Monday1:1 Appointments: 10am & 4pmBaby Massage: 1pmAntenatal Course: 7pm WednesdayMotherCuppa: 1pm1:1 Appointments: 10am, 4pm & 7pm ThursdaySleepy Mother Cuppa / 4th Trimester MotherCuppa: 1pmWeaning Workshop: 1pm1:1 Appointments: 10am, 4pm & 7pm Friday1:1 Appointments: 10am, 4pm & 7pmBaby Massage: 1pm Saturday1:1 Appointments: 10am & 1pm I have worked with parents since 2002 and, as a practitioner with professional training and experience, I am trusted to provide a balance of reliable knowledge, non-judgemental support and much needed reassurance. My approach is not about telling you what to do – it is to listen, to provide you with the opportunity to ask questions, it is about providing ideas and information, helping you to formulate plans and to find what works for you and for your family. The focus is on your wellbeing in pregnancy, for birth, as a parent and as you, the person behind the …

Sleepy Mother Cuppa

Having a baby is pretty hard work and sleep deprivation can be a huge part of that – it’s a very normal part of life with a baby but it can also leave you feeling like you are doing something wrong or that you are missing something. There isn’t a miracle answer for baby sleep – otherwise we’d all do it – but support, reassurance and discussing ideas can make a difference and make you feel less isolated. This is why I am introducing Sleepy Mother Cuppa to give tired mums a much needed boost. It will be an informal & relaxed session with tea, coffee and cake to talk through sleep and lack of it and discuss ideas for sleep, naps and getting more rest. It’s also about providing a safe space for you to offload and to get the support you need. It is going to run monthly to start with but I may introduce another session if that feels needed. 2020 session datesJanuary 16 – February 13 – March 12 – May …

Breastfeeding – the first week

The basics of getting started with breastfeeding, what to expect and what to look out for. SIGNS OF HUNGERIt can be useful to respond to your baby’s cues rather than waiting for them to cry – it’s not always possible but it is helpful to be guided by your baby as much as possible. Early indications of needing a feed:sucking an open mouth, especially if also sticking tongue outsmacking or licking lips Ready for a feed:fidgeting and squirmingrootingtrying to get into position for a feedbecoming fussy I really need a feed NOW: crying frantic head movements THE FIRST WEEKFor many new families this can be tough, with the chaos a new baby can bring and trying to learn and understand the new world of breastfeeding. At its most basics – keep it simple and try not to overthink it, just feed and get support if it is painful. Feed as often as possible – about 12 times a day – this will help to boost your milk supply and it will help prevent engorgement as …

knowing how to use your breathing

Using our breathing is being taken more seriously than ever before – with yoga, meditation, mindfulness, hypnobirthing – but it can still be ridiculed and it is still often seen as being in isolation to our every day lives. It can be used in classes and reactively with pain, panic and anxiety but it could also be used everyday, just to balance us out and to get rid of any tension we might be holding on to. I use breathing and relaxation techniques in my birth preparation sessions, as a birth doula, with postnatal mums, with anyone who is anxious. I teach and use simple but effective breathing skills to keep you calm, to head off any panic, to relax your body, to manage and ease pain. I use and teach what works for me – so I keep it about simple focus on your breath and on relaxing your body. Personally, I’m not into flowery language and descriptions – I stick to simple language and facts and I find that it works. But I …