All posts filed under: Pregnancy & Birth

When birth is bad…

Everyone wants a straight-forward birth with mum and baby 100% ok at the end of it – of course we do, that is not too much to ask. But pregnancy and birth can be unpredictable and it can be impacted by different factors. I have been working with expectant parents for almost 18 years so I know birth and its preparation well, as well the varied expectations of parents and what can impact labour and cause it to be more complicated. I am passion about equipping parents as well as I can for the unpredictability, of working with their midwife/doctor to continue to gather information, to know their options, to be able to stay as calm as possible and to put themselves at the centre of their care. But I never make promises of an easy, straight-forward birth and my sessions include lots of discussion about the reality of birth. This is combined with positivity about mindset, robust coping strategies, assertiveness and just breathing to stay calm because you have to put yourself in the …

Reasons to book a birth debrief

The main aim of my birth debrief service is to provide you with the opportunity to talk through the birth of your baby.  It could be that your labour and birth was not what you expected or it could have left you feeling upset – a birth debrief session will enable you to ask questions, talk it through and make better sense of what happened. The benefits… You can talk your labour and birth through with an experienced birth practitioner, who understands the complexities of birth Being able to share openly in a private session, to get it all out, can be very therapeutic – it can feel like a release to talk it through rather than holding it all in. This can be useful for any parent – it doesn’t matter how long ago a baby was born – and it can be a beneficial service for both parents to use, together or separately. About me… I am an experienced antenatal teacher and postnatal group leader and I have worked with parents since 2002. …

Reasons to book relax & breathe

The main aim of my Relax & Breathe sessions is to provide you with straight-forward, effective and adaptable relaxation and breathing techniques. There’s no fuss and wishy-washy activities – it is just knowing how to use and control your breathing when you need to. Calm breathing and letting go of tension is great in pregnancy and it is really effective in labour and for birth – helping you to stay calm and focused but also to enable your body to contract and do what it needs to do to bring you your baby. I have taught Relax & Breathe monthly for over ten years now – my sessions are based on tried and test techniques which can be adapted and used differently by everyone. The benefits… I am trained to teach relaxation and breathing techniques for pregnancy, labour and birth so you can benefit from practical tools for aches and pains, for your contractions, to have more energy, to have focus, to stay calm and to have more control over you. I provide small group …

Reasons to book antenatal classes

Congratulations on your pregnancy! As you are looking into antenatal classes, you may already be starting to think about the birth of your baby. My antenatal classes are not only about knowledge and skills – they are also about assertiveness, confidence, having realistic expectations and feeling equipped to cope with the challenges. I aim to better prepare you with strategies and your options for straight-forward birth as well as the questions to ask so you know more about your options if you need additional monitoring, an induction or a caesarean when your options could be different. This is about putting you at the centre of your care so you can say what you need and be involved with decisions. The benefits… I have about 17 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 …

New VBAC guidelines

If you thinking about or planning a VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean) there is good news – the NICE guidelines have been updated and care for women in labour is no longer very restrictive. It has been a long time coming but this is brilliant and it means that women who have previously had a caesarean will be able to labour with more options. I am all about options and these new guidelines will hopefully provide women with more power to do what they need to do to work with their contractions and to manage their pain and their energy. I say hopefully because this guidance is not fixed, they are just recommendations but the more women know about their increased options, the more likely they are to ask for what they need.   The NICE VBAC guidance includes… Do not routinely insert an intravenous cannula for women in labour who have had a previous caesarean section. A cannula can be routinely used as part of the what-if management of a VBAC, so this is …