Hello…

birth doula newcastle tynesideI would like to give you a warm welcome to Birth, Baby & Family – if you are a parent, please feel free to wander around the site or get in touch for more information about my classes and 1:1 sessions.

This website is a place for parents – for information, for support & reassurance, for different parenting experiences and perspectives, for coping strategies and for honesty. On these pages, and in my sessions, you will find friendly, simple, effective and honest reassurance and information – I am not one for fluffiness, or fussiness or anything superficial.

Birth, Baby & Family is me, Janine, I am an antenatal teacher, postnatal group leader, baby massage instructor, doula & parent coach – this unique range of training means I provide classes and support for parents from pregnancy and throughout life with babies, children and teenagers.

I am a mum of three, I have worked with expectant and new parents since 2002 and I have run my small business for several years. I have experienced babyloss, as well as birth trauma and I am very open about my depression and anxiety. I haven’t always – and still don’t always – find parenting easy and this is why being able to provide non-judgemental parent support is so important to me. Parenting is a constant learning curve, it can be pretty isolating, we can feel guilt and give ourselves a hard time for finding it hard and for not having all the answers.

I’m really open about my own challenges and I don’t believe in quick fixes – I am a fan of self-care, of looking after you, of getting support when you need it, of laughter, of being silly, of being taken seriously, of being honest, of having realistic expectations and of making small tweaks and changes when needed.

My knowledge, training and experience means that my practice is about listening to parents, not telling anyone what to do. It is a safe, comfortable, helpful place for parents.

I currently work from home – for me, this means I can provide a cosy, friendly and safe space for small groups and 1:1 sessions.

I am a warm, sensitive, straight-talking, down to earth mum, wife, friend and practitioner; I am a professional listener – people often feel very comfortable opening up to me about their experiences, fears, challenges and struggles – and I also know a thing or two about pregnancy, birth, babies and supporting parents.

While the practice is just me, I do promote other brilliant small businesses who are part of my business network.

I’m also on social media – please do say hello…

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Facebook Page

Facebook Community Group

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You can also send me a message if you have any queries about Birth, Baby & Family.

Janine x
a specialist in pregnancy, birth and parent support