All posts tagged: pregnancy

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 …