All posts tagged: antenatal classes

If your baby is due in March or April

Whether this is your first, second, third or fourth baby, you will benefit from some birth preparation – it could be about gathering information and skills, refreshing your knowledge, birth debrief and getting your head focused for the birth of your baby. Here’s what I have available for you… ANTENATAL COURSE: Mondays – January 14, 21, 28, February 4 & 11 (7-9pm) and Wednesdays – February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6 (7-9pm) RELAX & BREATHE WORKSHOP Thursdays – January 24 or February 28  (7-8.30pm) RELAX & BREATHE COURSE Wednesdays: January 16, 23 & 30 1:1 SESSIONS: Daytime, Evening & Weekend appointments are available Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any queries.     Janine | Birth, Baby & Family A specialist in pregnancy, birth & parent support          

If your baby is due in February or March…

Whether this is your first, second, third or fourth baby, you will benefit from some birth preparation – it could be about gathering information and skills, refreshing your knowledge, birth debrief and getting your head focused for the birth of your baby. Here’s what I have available for you… ANTENATAL COURSE: Mondays – January 14, 21, 28. February 4 & 11 from 7-9pm RELAX & BREATHE COURSE: Wednesdays -January 16, 23 & 30 from 7-8.30pm 1:1 SESSIONS: Daytime, Evening & Weekend appointments are available   Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any queries.     Janine | Birth, Baby & Family A specialist in pregnancy, birth & parent support    

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Do antenatal classes really make a difference?

I was asked this question the other day. And, as an antenatal teacher, my answer is yes – if I didn’t think they made a difference, I wouldn’t be doing this job. I love what I do and I honestly believe it makes a difference – this will be different for everyone because some parents need more information and support than others and it also depends on the antenatal classes. I can only talk about mine which I have designed to provide information, practical skills, discussion and the opportunity to ask questions – and they are based on 15 years experience working with expectant and new parents. Parents book on to my antenatal courses to get better prepared, to gather information, to feel less anxious and to have more control over the unknown they are faced with. My antenatal classes can make a difference because they give you the opportunity to think about labour & birth so you know… more about the physiology of labour and birth, so you are not scared of your contractions …

Why realistic birth preparation is important…

I am an antenatal teacher who discusses caesareans, induction, epidurals, forceps and baby monitoring as well as using your breathing, positions, gravity, being assertive, being comfortable, saying what you need, knowing what can help labour and birth be more effective and knowing what can help you work with your contractions and to manage your energy. I aim to prepare you as thoroughly as I can for labour and birth so you know more and have had the time to think about and discuss some of the issues that could be part of your labour and birth, knowing what your options are and how you can manage them. I can’t just focus on natural birth because that isn’t going to be possible for everyone. To prepare well we also need to discuss the interventions and your options with working with them. My birth preparation and antenatal courses are not just about telling you about inductions and caesareans and epidurals so you know what they involve, we will discuss your options – so you have questions to …

9 things I wish I had known about labour & birth

Now, it’s been a while since I have done the birth thing myself – 17 years, 14 years and 11 years ago – but I do love birth and I obssess about it somewhat! As part of my training to be an antenatal teacher, I had to debrief my birth experience to learn from it and to ensure any issues weren’t carried into my antenatal classes. I had a straightforward homebirth, which was an incredibly positive experience but it still a steep learning curve and there was plenty I didn’t expect… 1. my waters could break first, without strong & regular contractions… and that it could be hours before those contractions properly kicked in. My daughter was in a back-to-back position, which is why my waters went first and the hours of milder contractions were turning her. 2. I did not know how to breathe… I didn’t have the understanding or skills to use and control my breathing, so while I was pretty calm most of the time I didn’t have anything to use when my contractions …