All posts tagged: pregnancy

Mental Health Awareness – Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be a happy, exciting time but it can also be a time of stress, anxiety, worry and change which can impact mental health. I want to write about this for mental health awareness week because anxiety, depression and stress in pregnancy can be very real for many expectant parents. It’s not all excitement for some pregnant women… pregnancy could be unplanned pregnancy can come after miscarriage and babyloss there could be health concerns there could be financial worries there could be struggles with change there could be relationship uncertainties there could be fears about the health of a baby there could be fears about childbirth there could be a feeling of being along and unsupported there could be pre-existing mental health issues there could be family loss or family complications you might not enjoy being pregnant you might be experiencing sickness or pain during pregnancy According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 1 in 5 women will experience mental health issues in pregnancy, with depression and anxiety affecting 10-15 in every 100 pregnant …

Confident Birthing

If you are pregnant, my aim is to inform and equip you with a brilliant range of knowledge and practical skills so you can be better prepared for the birth of your baby. Confident Birthing is about different perspectives and needs for labour and birth – we are all different and labour is a unique experience for every woman. This is about knowing what can help during labour and birth so you can work out what you might need, where your challenges might lie and how you can deal with those. It is about having more confidence in labour & birth so you know your options and so you can adapt if those options change. As expectant parents you are going to benefit from thorough antenatal classes – which run as small group and 1:1 sessions and which will be available as an online course this year. 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 …

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 …

Newcastle University pregnancy research

A researcher from Newcastle University would like to speak to a small group of mums on maternity leave for a potential pregnancy research project. Are you currently on maternity leave? Were you classed as high risk in pregnancy? This researcher would ideally like to talk to women who were high risk and may have needed additional care or monitoring during pregnancy. The pregnancy research session is running on: Tuesday, April 2 from 1-3pm in North Shields. There will be refreshments and you can bring along your baby – there are baby change facilities, toys as well as plenty of space for prams and car seats. Sessions run at… The East End Community Centre, George Street, North Shields NE30 1EL – this is just off Tynemouth Road, there is free street parking right outside or it is a short walk from the Metro. If you would like to come along to the sessions, please just send me a message. And thank you – your input is so valuable. Janine x

Antenatal Class: topics and questions

During last night’s antenatal class we talked about: pain relief – TENS, using gas & air, diamorphine, epidurals and birthing pools birth – the individuality of pushing and birth, being guided by your body, using positions, the benefits of gravity, working with your body and doing what feels right for you. It’s all about having realistic expectations which may differ from the images we see on television – women rarely need to be on the bed to give birth and you don’t need to be told what to do with pushing. caesareans – why they can become necessary, who is in the room, what it involves, skin-to-skin with your baby, options and recovery. your placenta and delayed cord clamping – your options, gathering information and questions to ask. meeting your baby – what babies can look like, newborn baby checks, the benefits of skin-to-skin, your options and gathering the support you need   As an antenatal teacher I constantly go on about… using gravity going with what feels right and comfortable saying what you need …