All posts tagged: Birth preparation essentials

Spreading the word – antenatal classes…

I have taught antenatal classes since 2002 when I started my training with the NCT and then as an independent practitioner. I have found my place in this busy birth prep market – in amongst the free NHS classes, the NCT classes, the hypnobirthing and the different franchises, there is me. Working with expectant parents is my absolute passion and I pride myself of personalised birth prep, so you can know more about your options, you can talk through them and feel better prepared for your birth. We all need different options and strategies and that is what I am all about. I am now at a point where I want to work with more expectant parents – with antenatal classes, relax & breathe and 1:1 birth consultations. To equip, empower, support and reassure expectant parents for all births: straight-forward, complicated, waterbirths, induction, caesareans. My birth prep philosophy is about focusing on parents with small groups and 1:1 sessions and providing robust information, skills and support: it is about knowing what works and what might not …

Beautiful Birth

I love birth, I love what women do to birth their babies. I love women’s strength, power, ability, determination and love…   #birthconfidence Find out more about getting prepared for the birth of your baby and let know me know if you have any queries. Janine | Birth, Baby & Family A specialist in pregnancy, birth and early parenting

If your baby is due in April, May or June…

Your thoughts might be turning to birth and getting as birth ready as possible. Here’s what I have coming up for first and second time parents… Antenatal Courses: March 18, 25, April 1, 8 & 15 April 17, 24, May 1, 8 & 15 Relax & Breathe: Workshops – March 28 & April 18 Course – April 29, May 13 & 20 1:1 Sessions: For birth and baby preparation I have daytime, evening and weekend appointments on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday to work around your schedule. Why book with Birth, Baby & Family? My antenatal sessions have been carefully designed to be effective, to provide a balance of good information, practical skills, discussion and questions. I specialise in running small groups and 1:1 sessions to provide personalised birth preparation – so you can focus on your needs for labour and birth preparation. My antenatal classes are thorough, empowering and thought-provoking – they are about having realistic expectations for birth, knowing what can help, what can get in the way and the importance of communication …

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Tonight’s antenatal session – the importance of knowing how to breathe

I just can’t stress this enough – being able to use your breathing in labour and birth really could be the difference between panic and calm, the difference between working with your body and battling with it. Labour and birth is largely about contractions and energy, it is about listening to your body, about responding to it and going with it. As long as you and your baby are ok – labour will take as long as it needs. Knowing how to use your breathing is a skill you can use when you need it – for contractions, for rest, for headspace, if you feel overwhelmed, if you are tired… It means you are equipped with a strong, effective and adaptable skill to control and use if your labour is straightforward or if it becomes more complicated with more monitoring and interventions. Using your breathing is about keeping you calm and that is a powerful skill to possess. If you know more about what your body and your baby need to do in labour, you …