All posts tagged: antenatal classes

Is your baby due in June, July or August?

If you are starting to think about preparing for the birth of your baby, here’s what I have coming up for you. I run a range of birth preparation options to meet your different needs for information, practical skills and birth mindset. My aim is to prepare and empower so you can plan and know your options. Antenatal Course WEDNESDAY: April 17, 24, May 1, 8 & 15 MONDAY: June 3, 10, 17, 24 (plus Saturday June 22 from 10am-12) WEDNESDAY: June 12, 19, July 3, 17 & 24 A small group course to focus labour, birth and the first hours and weeks with your new baby. These sessions have been designed to provide you with good information, practical skills, discussion and a chance to ask questions. Relax & Breathe Workshop: A brilliant session to focus on relaxation and breathing techniques for labour April 18 | June 20 | July 25 Course: A three session course to spend time developing relaxation and breathing techniques for pregnancy, labour and birth April 29, May 13 & 20 …

Tonight’s antenatal classes – strategies and options…

In my antenatal course I always include a session which pulls together everything the parents have looked at in previous sessions – early labour, established labour and birth – to catch any questions, to talk through any concerns, to focus on labour and birth again after learning information and thinking about what they may need. This is a challenging session because parents do open up about their fears and concerns – tonight’s were dealing with pain, what if they need to be assertive, what if labour is long, what if they panic? This session is about talking through all of this and taking the time to do it. It is also about straight-talking: labour and birth can be so varied, have some kind of plan for what you might need, say what you need and communicate this as often as you want to. I do think it is important to always refer to: what do I need? This is ever changing throughout labour – it can be physical needs such as warmth, food, water or …

Pregnancy & Birth Wellbeing

If you are pregnant and you are preparing for the birth of your baby, these sessions are for you. With professional antenatal classes, relax & breathe sessions and individual appointments you will benefit from good information, practical skills, discussion, the chance to speak and to ask questions. In pregnancy I can see you to talk through any anxiety, to have a birth debrief or to talk through pregnancy after babyloss. For birth I run small group antenatal classes for effective birth preparation, which can also take place as individual appointments. The aim is for me to listen, to prepare and to empower and that is all about your wellbeing in pregnancy, as well as your wellbeing during the birth of your baby. I see parents face-to-face and I am also in the process of developing on-line and phone sessions. You can read more about the range of antenatal classes here and if you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to send me a message. Janine | Birth, Baby & Family A specialist in pregnancy, birth …

Confident Birthing

If you are pregnant, my aim is to inform and equip you with a brilliant range of knowledge and practical skills so you can be better prepared for the birth of your baby. Confident Birthing is about different perspectives and needs for labour and birth – we are all different and labour is a unique experience for every woman. This is about knowing what can help during labour and birth so you can work out what you might need, where your challenges might lie and how you can deal with those. It is about having more confidence in labour & birth so you know your options and so you can adapt if those options change. As expectant parents you are going to benefit from thorough antenatal classes – which run as small group and 1:1 sessions and which will be available as an online course this year. 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 …

Why giving birth might not be what you expect…

TV images have a lot to answer for and we have built up an expectation of a bed and stirrups and pushing until we are red in the face. Birth can be like this but it is certainly not the norm. I use images in my antenatal classes to provoke some discussion and a lot of parents are quite surprised at what real birth can look like – in pools, standing, kneeling, using upright positions on a bed. Even lying on your side after an epidural will probably be more effective than lying on your back. Labour and birth is often about going with what feels right and what is more comfortable for you. However, exhaustion after a long labour can affect how involved you are – by that point, birth could be about lying on a bed because you are struggling to find the physical and emotional energy to do anything else. But where there is energy and good support, there can be different positions and use of gravity and lying down really might …