All posts tagged: birth preparation

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 …

High Risk Pregnancy

If you are classified as high risk, you may have limited options about where you have your baby but even this can come with a degree of flexibility, depending on what the risks are. Of course it depends why you are high risk – this can range from your age, your weight, how many babies you are carrying to medical conditions and concerns with you or your baby. I have taught women who have needed to think through their options because there are more things to consider. It’s worth asking about what your options actually are. I was high risk with my third baby because he had a severe heart defect and I had polyhydramnios, which is excessive amniotic fluid. This meant I chose not to give birth at home, despite having two previous homebirths. I knew a waterbirth wasn’t going to be an option because of continuous monitoring and my waters breaking but I used my birth ball and I gave birth standing up, leaning over the bed. As a doula I have supported women …

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 Courses in September/October

ANTENATAL COURSE good information | an experienced birth practitioner | practical skills With small groups this is an exclusive way to gain professional birth preparation and to access ongoing support. 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 positions and gravity to help your contractions and to be more comfortable USING YOUR BREATHING – to stay calm and to encourage effective and manageable contractions INDUCTION, EPIDURAL & CAESAREANS – these can all be a necessary part of labour and …

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Pregnancy & Birth

Birth, Baby & Family is here for you during your pregnancy with information on these pages as well as… Pregnancy Consultations: private sessions to talk through… stress, anxiety, worries | birth debrief | pregnancy after loss The Antenatal Course – a small group course to prepare you for… everything from early labour to meeting your baby | 5 sessions | ideal for first-time parents Relax & Breathe for Birth – a small group session to help you… learn how to use your breathing | be calmer | have more control | ease any anxiety or panic | work with your contractions | for all expectant parents 1:1 Birth Consultations – private sessions to focus on your unique need for information and support…  labour and birth | birth after loss | birth debrief | induction | caesareans | life with your baby | birth peptalk | for all expectant parents Practical Guides to Labour & Birth – 16 titles based on first-hand experience, parent experiences, research and experience… labour and birth | pain relief | induction …