All posts tagged: birth preparation

What type of birth do you want?

The response to this varies a lot and there’s obviously no exact answer – it’s so personal to everyone but that’s the point. It’s an important question to think about because it goes beyond just wanting everyone to be ok – we all want that – it can help you to focus on what you would like your labour and birth to be like, what your options are and how you make that happen. I work with expectant parents who have such different birth preparation needs – caesarean, induction, anxiety, homebirth, wanting an undisturbed labour, wanting an epidural – my job is to provide the information as well as posing the questions to work out options and strategies for more control and calm rather than over medical if that isn’t needed. Think about what you would like it to look like and then explore your options to make that happen. Labour and birth don’t have to be medically cold and without options – caesareans can be calm, induction can involve positions and gravity and a …

Quick Tips For Birth Preparation

Getting parents ready for birth is my passion – it is about listening, focus, options, answering questions, an experienced perspective, working through any fears or challenges and providing personalised support and reassurance as it is needed. After almost 20 years, I know what can matters when it comes to birth preparation and not all birth preparation is the same: my sessions are way more than dishing out generic information – it’s effective birth preparation and greater birth confidence. Just get in touch to find out more about your birth preparation.

Antenatal Classes & Birth Preparation Sessions

As expectant parents you will benefit from thorough antenatal classes – which run as small group or 1:1 sessions and which will also be available as an online course soon. As a professionally-trained and experienced antenatal teacher, my sessions are about working with all parents so this includes getting you better prepared for induction, for a caesarean, as well as for birth after loss. My antenatal sessions are not only about knowledge and practical skills: they are also about assertiveness, confidence, having realistic expectations and feeling equipped to cope with the challenges. I aim to better prepare you with your options for straight-forward birth as well as the questions to ask so you know more about your options if you need additional monitoring, an induction or a caesarean when your options could be different. WHO DO I WORK WITH? FIRST-TIME PARENTS – I have designed thorough sessions and resources for parents who are preparing for labour & birth for the first time. This is about gathering knowledge, practical skills and knowing more about options, what …

Practical Guides To Labour and Birth

I have written a series of practical guides for labour & birth to accompany my antenatal classes and 1:1 consultations with expectant parents. All 16 titles are now available to download to provide information, strategies, options and reassurance for every expectant parent. These guides are based on my first-hand experience as an antenatal teacher and doula, parent experiences and latest research – they have been designed to prepare you well for the reality of labour and birth and to encourage you to think about your options. I have worked with expectant parents since 2002 and I listen to and learn from every parent I work with – this has a huge impact on my practice and it has enabled me to create a range of labour & birth handbooks which are straight-forward, realistic, practical and beneficial. Practical Guides for Labour & Birth Early Labour Established Labour Giving Birth Relax & Breathe Pain Management Birth Support Labour & Birth Checklist Tips for Labour & Birth Your Birth Bag Your Birth Plan Caesarean Birth Going Over Your Due Date Induction Meeting Your Baby Delivering Your Placenta Your Body After Birth All you need to do …

Straightforward Birth – read well and work with an experienced birth practitioner

There’s so much information about birth out there, so where do you start? On Social Media…It’s worth following a few good practitioners on social media so you can gather the right information for you. Birth, Baby & FamilyInstagram: @birthbabyandfamilyFacebook: @birthbabyandfamily Evidence Based Birth Practising Midwife Journal Bump, Birth & Beyond Dr Sara Wickham Books…These are some of my favourites because of their brilliant content and the tone is just right! Your No Guilt Pregnancy Plan by Rebecca Schiller The Positive Birth Book by Milli Hill The Positive Breastfeeding Book by Amy Brown Give Birth Like A Feminist by Milli Hill Ina May’s Guide To Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin Guides…Based on evidence and experience, these guides accompany my antenatal courses.The Practical Guide to Labour & Birth by Janine Smith Not all antenatal classes are the same – work with a good birth practitioner… Good antenatal classes are worth the investment but do your research first, take a look at their website, their social media and get in touch to ask them questions. You might need …