The straight-forward birth series

Prioritising straightforward birth

At some point during your pregnancy, you will need to focus on the birth of your baby – to know more about how it all works, what helps, what doesn’t, what your options are, how you can manage contractions and energy and what your strategies might be. It’s about good knowledge and practical skills, questions, realistic expectations and a good dose of feistiness when needed. This helps you and your birth partner become better prepared for labour, birth and any challenges.

Straightforward Birth – read well and work with an experienced birth practitioner

There’s so much information about birth out there, so where do you start? On Social Media…It’s worth following a few good practitioners on social media so you can gather the right information for you. Birth, Baby & FamilyInstagram: @birthbabyandfamilyFacebook: @birthbabyandfamily Evidence Based Birth Practising Midwife Journal Bump, Birth & Beyond Dr Sara Wickham Books…These are some of my favourites because of their brilliant content and the tone is just right! Your No Guilt Pregnancy Plan by Rebecca Schiller The Positive Birth Book by Milli Hill The Positive Breastfeeding Book by Amy Brown Give Birth Like A Feminist by Milli Hill Ina May’s Guide To Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin Guides…Based on evidence and experience, these guides accompany my antenatal courses.The Practical Guide to Labour & Birth by Janine Smith Not all antenatal classes are the same – work with a good birth practitioner… Good antenatal classes are worth the investment but do your research first, take a look at their website, their social media and get in touch to ask them questions. You might need …

Straightforward Birth: gather knowledge in pregnancy

Your birth preparation obviously needs to start in pregnancy when you can think about the type of birth you want, what appeals to you and how you envisage doing labour and birth. Write this down so can focus on what you might need to know and to do so you know more about your options and what you may need to do to prepare well for the birth of your baby. Your birth preparation can involve: classes – it is worth researching and investing in some good ones so you are better prepared for the reality of labour and birth. thinking about where to have your baby – so you know what your options are reading – there’s a range of articles on offer on my website, I am also writing a pregnancy & birth guide and there’s my Birth Guides, in addition to the books available, which I will come to in a later post. talk to your midwife – and ask questions so you can gather more information and so you know more …

Birth Preparation Series

I am writing a series of posts to focus on how you can prepare, plan and do to encourage a positive birth where you are more involved and included in your care and with any decisions rather than leaving it to chance and simply going with the flow. The different series will look at:How to prioritise a straightforward labour & birthHow to plan and manage a more medicalised birthHow to plan and prepare for a caesarean birth And I will also be including information about how to adjust if your birthplan needs to change. As an antenatal teacher, I am passionate about personalised birth preparation, so you are informed and equipped with effective knowledge and strategies and so you can work equally with midwives and doctors as much as possible with plans and decisions so you are included and involved. If you have any queries about preparing for birth, just send me a message and you can also follow: #tynesidebirth Janine – a specialist in pregnancy, birth & early parentingAntenatal CourseRelax & Breathe1:1 Birth Preparation