All posts tagged: birth

Mental Health Awareness – Birth & Becoming A Mum

Birth can be awesome – it can leave us feeling strong, with super-woman like powers or it can also leave us with conflicting emotions, we can feel battered, bruised and in shock.  For some women birth and becoming a mum brings only positives, for others there are a range of mental health issues to deal with. There may be pre-existing mental health issues or there could be anxiety, panic, depression, stress or rage caused by shifting hormones, change, lack of control, lack of sleep, lack of support, isolation and loneliness. This mum thing really isn’t easy but so many of us put on a mask and tell everyone we are ok. Some of this is to do with our expectations about birth – reality can come as a shock, especially when we have our first baby and nothing to compare it to. And then there are the expectations about life with a baby. There can be and is so much joy and love with our babies but the day to day reality can be tough …

Why giving birth might not be what you expect…

TV images have a lot to answer for and we have built up an expectation of a bed and stirrups and pushing until we are red in the face. Birth can be like this but it is certainly not the norm. I use images in my antenatal classes to provoke some discussion and a lot of parents are quite surprised at what real birth can look like – in pools, standing, kneeling, using upright positions on a bed. Even lying on your side after an epidural will probably be more effective than lying on your back. Labour and birth is often about going with what feels right and what is more comfortable for you. However, exhaustion after a long labour can affect how involved you are – by that point, birth could be about lying on a bed because you are struggling to find the physical and emotional energy to do anything else. But where there is energy and good support, there can be different positions and use of gravity and lying down really might …

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

Why my teaching space is a special place…

My teaching space is at home, a very special room that connects everything I love. The room I see my clients in for antenatal sessions, birth debrief, baby massage, postnatal groups and 1:1 sessions is a relaxing, warm, cosy & comfortable space. It is the room I meet with amazing parents for the job I love: supporting and reassuring; answering questions; providing a safe space to offload and talk through challenges. It is a room I spent time in during all three of my pregnancies and it is a room I laboured in with all three of my children; it is the room I cuddled two of my new babies in, shortly after they were born; It is the room I learnt to breastfeed my eldest two children; It is the room they were in when they first met their grand-parents; It is the room where my girls took their first steps; It is a room where I raised my children –  where we have played, danced, laughed cried and cuddled; It is the room …