All posts tagged: antenatal classes

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 …

10 reasons to book antenatal classes Newcastle Tyneside

10 reasons to book antenatal classes

I truly love running antenatal classes, it is a privilege to work with expectant parents at this life-changing time and my role is to provide the information, support and reassurance that different parents need. I love birth, I love the uniqueness and unpredictability of birth and I love the strength and pure awesomeness of women and what we do to grow and birth our baby. I don’t believe that one type of birth is better than another although I would prefer it if births didn’t involve any distress for women, their partners and babies – but this is an issue I talk about and attempt to prepare you for. Birth, Baby & Family Antenatal Classes I have about 16 years experience of teaching antenatal classes, I have professional qualifications and I have attended births as a doula but what’s in it for you… 1. You will benefit from a range of practical, realistic information for labour, birth, staying calm, for movement and resting, for contractions and for managing your energy. 2. I provide a professional service and I am an experienced practitioner who …

Antenatal Course in October

ANTENATAL COURSE good information | an experienced birth practitioner | practical skills This course is ideal for parents whose baby is due between November – January. You might be expecting your first baby, or you could be experienced parents in need of a refresher and a chance to focus on birth again. With small groups this is an exclusive way to gain professional birth preparation and to access ongoing support. My sessions are based on first-hand experience and up-to-date research and this course has been designed to prepare you well for the reality of labour, birth and the early weeks with your new baby. In five sessions you will gain knowledge about… EARLY LABOUR – because knowing what to expect in the early stages of labour is important ESTABLISHED LABOUR & GIVING BIRTH – what to expect, managing your contractions, managing your energy, pain relief, knowing your options WHAT CAN HELP & WHAT CAN HINDER – the small things can make a big difference GOOD BIRTH SUPPORT – so birth partners know how to help EFFECTIVE POSITIONS FOR LABOUR & BIRTH – to move, to rest, to use …

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Pregnancy – 3rd trimester

Your 3rd trimester – From 28 weeks This could be the time when you well and truly feel like you are making a human being, as your bump gets bigger and your baby kicks and wriggles. It can be a great time to bond with your baby. How you might be feeling? You could be enjoying those wriggles and kicks from your baby There may be more aches and pains in your back and hips as your body changes to accommodate your growing baby Your tiredness could return as your body adapts to carrying the extra weight of your weight and amniotic fluid. You may also find that your sleep is being affected as you struggle to get comfortable and you may need frequent trips to the loo at night as well Some pregnant women start to feel sick again – this could be linked to your tiredness and/or any indigestion as your expanding womb means there’s less room in your stomach Your growing womb can also lead to heartburn You might feel breathless, as there can …