All posts tagged: birth preparation

A qualified and experienced practitioner…

I am really proud of my professional qualifications – I worked hard with 2 small children to train to work with parents in pregnancy, for birth and during the first year with their baby. And I have supplemented these qualifications with additional training to provide different services such as baby massage, a doula service and 1:1 support for parents of older children. And I am incredibly proud of my work with parents – since 2002 I have provided group and 1:1 sessions for thousands of local parents. It’s not just about knowledge and expertise, it’s about listening, empathy and reassurance; it’s about providing a supportive space where parents can talk openly and with confidence about their worries and about any challenges they are experiencing; it’s about conversation, friendships and easing isolation and it’s about personalised support with discussion, empowerment and trying different coping strategies rather than quick fixes and unrealistic expectations. Parent support and wellbeing is important to me, it is the foundation of my work. Pregnancy, birth and becoming a parent can be a time …

Wondering about antenatal classes?

I have worked as a pregnancy and birth practitioner since 2002 – as an antenatal teacher and as a birth doula – so I have now worked with thousands of parents and I know pregnancy & birth, as well as the different needs of expectant parents very well. Labour and birth can be brilliant, it can be euphoric, it can straight-forward, it can become complicated and it can be overwhelming. Good birth preparation goes a long way – by gaining good information you know more about the childbirth process, what helps and what might not; practical skills to focus on being comfortable and staying calm; with discussion and a chance to ask questions so you know more about your options as well as benefiting from an experienced perspective. I passionately believe that when labour is straight-forward, the contractions are completely do-able with very little pain relief – good strategies, support and good dollop of realistic preparation is very effective and there is nothing to fear. But there are some common factors that can impact how …

Reasons to book relax & breathe

The main aim of my Relax & Breathe sessions is to provide you with straight-forward, effective and adaptable relaxation and breathing techniques. There’s no fuss and wishy-washy activities – it is just knowing how to use and control your breathing when you need to. Calm breathing and letting go of tension is great in pregnancy and it is really effective in labour and for birth – helping you to stay calm and focused but also to enable your body to contract and do what it needs to do to bring you your baby. I have taught Relax & Breathe monthly for over ten years now – my sessions are based on tried and test techniques which can be adapted and used differently by everyone. The benefits… I am trained to teach relaxation and breathing techniques for pregnancy, labour and birth so you can benefit from practical tools for aches and pains, for your contractions, to have more energy, to have focus, to stay calm and to have more control over you. I provide small group …

A birth story…

A mum who has asked to stay anonymous sent me a message about the birth prep session we had years ago. It has made me beam and it sums up exactly why I do what I do – my birth prep is beyond just the information, it is about being assertive and saying what you need because that matters… “I’m not sure if I ever told you but I do talk about this still and I really appreciate the birth preparation session you provided for us.  I think people sometimes think these sessions are for first time but we came for our second pregnancy as we’d had quite a gap and I wanted to be prepared again. In a nutshell I had a super easy, super speedy first birth with my first son.  When I was pregnant with my 2nd son, one of my good friends (who has also had an easy first birth) had an induction and a terrible experience with her 2nd birth.  I was preoccupied with this when we came to the …

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 …