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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 …

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 …

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Tips For Labour & Birth

So you are having a baby, you getting bigger and it is becoming clear that your baby will soon have to leave your body. People can talk about how awful, painful and exhausting it is to give birth and, thanks to a few tv shows, we expect to feel out of control, to be screaming and to be under constant instruction from a midwife. It can seem pretty daunting and it can seem scary but, once pregnant, you have no choice and birth stands between your pregnancy and you meeting your baby. But does birth have to be crap? Is birth just down to luck? Is there anything you can do to make it easier for you? I have worked with expectant parents across Tyneside since 2002 to provide good information and practical skills to provide better preparation for birth.   Here are some essential birth tips for you… be assertive – if you need something ask for it so you can be as comfortable, informed and secure as possible. Throughout labour you may have a need for more information, food and drink, …

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Hello…

I would like to give you a warm welcome to The Birth, Baby & Family Practice – if you are a parent, please feel free to wander around the site or get in touch for more information about my classes and 1:1 sessions. This website is a place for parents – for information, support & reassurance; for different parenting experiences and perspectives; and for coping strategies and ideas. On these pages, and in my sessions, you will find friendly, simple, effective and honest reassurance and information. The Birth, Baby & Family Practice is me, Janine, I am an antenatal teacher, postnatal group leader, baby massage instructor, doula & parent coach – this unique range of training means I provide classes and support for parents from pregnancy and throughout life with babies, children and teenagers. I am a mum of three, I have worked with expectant and new parents since 2002 and I have run my small business for several years. I have experienced babyloss, as well as birth trauma and I am very open about depression and anxiety …