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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 …

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What to expect from my antenatal classes…

My antenatal classes are a little bit different – based on training, experience and parent feedback, they are about providing the time and the opportunity to gather knowledge & practical techniques and to ask all the questions you need to feel better prepared for birth and days & weeks your new baby.   Small groups – after years of teaching large groups of expectant parents, I made the decision to teach smaller groups. Not many practitioners can do this but small groups means you can be involved, you can ask questions and the sessions can be tailored more to the group. 1:1 sessions – these fit around your schedule, they can take place in your home and they are individual to you and what you need to focus on. You might need general birth preparation or you might want specific information due to birth trauma, loss, a stressful pregnancy, mental health or physical health issues.   A cosy, welcoming space with pots of tea – it’s all about making you feel comfortable and welcome so …

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

Congratulations on your pregnancy! If your baby is due in March, April or May, there’s every chance that you may be thinking about birth. As a specialist in birth preparation,  I provide a range of antenatal classes, as well as 1:1 sessions for parents from across Newcastle and Tyneside. Here’s what is available for you… ANTENATAL COURSES… Wednesdays | 7pm: February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6 Mondays | 7pm : March 4, 11, 18, 25 & April 1 5 sessions to focus on good information, practical skills and strategies in-case you need them, discussion and the chance to ask all the questions you need to get you and your partner better prepared.   RELAX & BREATHE WORKSHOPS… January 24th | 7pm February 28th | 7pm A specialist session to concentrate on developing effective relaxation and breathing skills, combined with positions for labour & birth. My aim is to provide simple and straight-forward techniques to use with your contractions, to give you more energy, to help keep you calm and more in control and to manage any …