Relax & Breathe for Pregnancy & Birth


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These are specialist sessions for you to focus on developing and using effective relaxation and breathing skills, combined with positions for pregnancy, labour & birth.

Based on first-hand experience, up-to-date research and proven relaxation & breathing skills – this session has been designed to enable you to relax in pregnancy and to prepare you well for the reality of labour & birth.

By knowing how to use your breathing, you can…

  • relax & de-stress
  • head off any panic and be better prepared for panic points in labour
  • work with your contractions
  • manage your energy in labour
  • be as comfortable as possible
  • stay calm
  • enable your contractions to work effectively, which is important if you are induced or use an epidural
  • stay focused and calm if your birth plan changes and you need to gather information and quickly adapt to a new birth plan, which may include a caesarean

This session also provides an opportunity for your birth partner to learn more about staying calm as well as supporting you during labour & birth.

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Relax & Breathe is not about easy births, it is about equipping you with the best skills possible to stay calm, to say what you need and to manage the challenges. These sessions are accompanied by a toolkit of resources to use at home.

Relax & Breathe is available as a 1:1 session or as small group sessions
90-minute session | £35 | daytime, evening & weekend appointments
2 session course | £40 | monthly
January 29 & February 5
February 26 & March 4
March 25 & April 1
April 29 & May 6
June 2 & 10
July 22 & 29
September 30 & October 7
October 21 & November 4
November 25 & December 2

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antenatal classes newcastle tynesideWith Janine Smith
A specialist in pregnancy & birth, early parenting and parent wellbeing

I developed Relax & Breathe in 2009 and I have held sessions with expectant parents almost monthly since then. I love this session because I know how vital breathing skills can be to clear my head, to stay focused, to manage pain, to boost energy and to help with any anxiety or panic.

I have worked with parents since 2002 and, as a practitioner with professional training and experience, I am trusted to provide a balance of reliable knowledge, non-judgemental support and much needed reassurance.

My approach is not to tell you what to do – it is to listen, to provide you with the opportunity to ask questions, it is about providing ideas and information, helping you to formulate plans and to find what works for you and for your family.

The focus is on your wellbeing in pregnancy, for birth, as a parent and as you, the person behind the parent and I have created informal but effective small group and 1:1 sessions to benefit you.