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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 …

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For pregnancy & birth…

If you live in Newcastle and Tyneside, you can access a range of pregnancy & birth sessions which focus on your wellbeing as well we getting you better prepared for the birth of your baby. I am an experienced practitioner and you are in good hands… Pregnancy Support – if you are feeling anxious or overwhelmed during your pregnancy or, if this is not your first baby, you may benefit from birth debrief session to focus on birth again. Antenatal Course – a 5 week course to focus on a combination of good knowledge and discussion with practical skills and strategies to better prepare you for the reality of birth Relax & Breathe – an effective workshop to focus on using and developing relaxation and breathing techniques for labour & birth and to stay calm 1:1 Birth Consultations – these sessions can be arrange to work around your schedule and they can focus on your need for information, support and reassurance   If you have any queries about which sessions are right for you, please …

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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