All posts filed under: #tynesidebirth

What type of birth do you want?

The response to this varies a lot and there’s obviously no exact answer – it’s so personal to everyone but that’s the point. It’s an important question to think about because it goes beyond just wanting everyone to be ok – we all want that – it can help you to focus on what you would like your labour and birth to be like, what your options are and how you make that happen. I work with expectant parents who have such different birth preparation needs – caesarean, induction, anxiety, homebirth, wanting an undisturbed labour, wanting an epidural – my job is to provide the information as well as posing the questions to work out options and strategies for more control and calm rather than over medical if that isn’t needed. Think about what you would like it to look like and then explore your options to make that happen. Labour and birth don’t have to be medically cold and without options – caesareans can be calm, induction can involve positions and gravity and a …

Newborn Babies & Sleep

Lack of sleep is the most common conversations in my postnatal sessions and the beginning of life with your new baby can be a haze of sleeplessness, with no distinction between night and day. However chaotic this may seem, it is all totally normal. Newborns may only sleep for between 90 minutes – 2 hours at time, night and day. Some new babies may sleep for longer chunks in the day, spending the rest of their day sleeping and feeding – total sleep over 24 hours for a new baby can range between 11-19hours Why can’t babies sleep for longer?Babies have small stomachs so they need regular calories to grow and develop. Their body systems are immature so babies are meant to be close to their mothers to help regulate their temperature, breathing and heart rate, as well as regulating any stress they experience as part of their development and adapting to the world around them. Babies sleep cycles are about 45 minutes long (compared to 90 minutes for an adult) and they have more …

Quick Tips For Birth Preparation

Getting parents ready for birth is my passion – it is about listening, focus, options, answering questions, an experienced perspective, working through any fears or challenges and providing personalised support and reassurance as it is needed. After almost 20 years, I know what can matters when it comes to birth preparation and not all birth preparation is the same: my sessions are way more than dishing out generic information – it’s effective birth preparation and greater birth confidence. Just get in touch to find out more about your birth preparation.

Antenatal Classes & Birth Preparation Sessions

As expectant parents you will benefit from thorough antenatal classes – which run as small group or 1:1 sessions and which will also be available as an online course soon. As a professionally-trained and experienced antenatal teacher, my sessions are about working with all parents so this includes getting you better prepared for induction, for a caesarean, as well as for birth after loss. My antenatal sessions are not only about knowledge and practical 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 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. WHO DO I WORK WITH? FIRST-TIME PARENTS – I have designed thorough sessions and resources for parents who are preparing for labour & birth for the first time. This is about gathering knowledge, practical skills and knowing more about options, what …