All posts tagged: janine smith

Tonight’s antenatal classes – strategies and options…

In my antenatal course I always include a session which pulls together everything the parents have looked at in previous sessions – early labour, established labour and birth – to catch any questions, to talk through any concerns, to focus on labour and birth again after learning information and thinking about what they may need. This is a challenging session because parents do open up about their fears and concerns – tonight’s were dealing with pain, what if they need to be assertive, what if labour is long, what if they panic? This session is about talking through all of this and taking the time to do it. It is also about straight-talking: labour and birth can be so varied, have some kind of plan for what you might need, say what you need and communicate this as often as you want to. I do think it is important to always refer to: what do I need? This is ever changing throughout labour – it can be physical needs such as warmth, food, water or …

Pregnancy & Birth Wellbeing

If you are pregnant and you are preparing for the birth of your baby, these sessions are for you. With professional antenatal classes, relax & breathe sessions and individual appointments you will benefit from good information, practical skills, discussion, the chance to speak and to ask questions. In pregnancy I can see you to talk through any anxiety, to have a birth debrief or to talk through pregnancy after babyloss. For birth I run small group antenatal classes for effective birth preparation, which can also take place as individual appointments. The aim is for me to listen, to prepare and to empower and that is all about your wellbeing in pregnancy, as well as your wellbeing during the birth of your baby. I see parents face-to-face and I am also in the process of developing on-line and phone sessions. You can read more about the range of antenatal classes here and if you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to send me a message. Janine | Birth, Baby & Family A specialist in pregnancy, birth …

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 …

5 Free Guides For Labour & Birth

I have written a series of practical guides for labour & birth to accompany my antenatal classes and 1:1 consultations with expectant parents. I have now made all 16 titles available to download. These guides are based on first-hand experience, 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. 5 of these downloads are available for free: Labour & Birth Checklist Tips for Labour & Birth Your Birth Bag Your Birth Plan Going Over Your Due Date Just send me a message below and I will email straight to you. I hope you find them useful and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries – and here’s more information about the other Practical Guide titles and my …

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

Your thoughts might be turning to birth and getting as birth ready as possible. Here’s what I have coming up for first and second time parents… Antenatal Courses: March 18, 25, April 1, 8 & 15 April 17, 24, May 1, 8 & 15 Relax & Breathe: Workshops – March 28 & April 18 Course – April 29, May 13 & 20 1:1 Sessions: For birth and baby preparation I have daytime, evening and weekend appointments on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday to work around your schedule. Why book with Birth, Baby & Family? My antenatal sessions have been carefully designed to be effective, to provide a balance of good information, practical skills, discussion and questions. I specialise in running small groups and 1:1 sessions to provide personalised birth preparation – so you can focus on your needs for labour and birth preparation. My antenatal classes are thorough, empowering and thought-provoking – they are about having realistic expectations for birth, knowing what can help, what can get in the way and the importance of communication …