All posts tagged: pregnancy

Beyond Birth – preparing for your new baby

There is a lot of focus on birth prep – and rightly so – but it can also be useful to prepare for baby: to think about what you might need, what your baby might need, what to expect and how to prepare your home for your baby. It’s really easy to buy loads in order to feel better prepared, it can certainly make some of the anxiety about looking after a newborn easier to handle. What essentials do you need for your new baby Clothing – sleepsuits, body suits, socks and a hat nappies, cotton wool, cleaning cloths, wipes (depending on how you are planning to do it) changing mat changing bag cellular blankets and sheets somewhere safe to sleep – moses basket, cot, your bed sling car seat/pram system large and small muslin squares bottles/formula/breastpump/silicon breastpump/sterilizing equipment – if you want an alternative to breastfeeding v pillows for feeding towels, baby sponge/cloth baby bath or a bath support (or you can use the sink or pop baby in the bath with you) You …

Pregnancy & birth again…

If you are experiencing pregnancy again, it might feel familiar or it can be a very different experience with brand new symptoms. Your pregnancy may involve fewer midwife appointments – although you can ask for more if you need them. If you experienced conditions such as pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes or obstetric cholestasis in your last pregnancy, you may be offered more checks this time. You may need to take your other children to your scans and midwife appointments – it can be useful to write down any questions for your midwife because you might get distracted, and take snacks and toys just incase you have to wait around. Life is busy when you have children so it is very normal to feel like you are not really focusing on your pregnancy, on your baby and on your birth preparation in the same way. I work with a lot of 2nd and 3rd time parents and many of them get in touch with me during their third trimester when they need to get focused on birth …

Birth, Baby & Family Directory

The Birth, Baby & Family Directory is an essential guide to the best services and practitioners for parents, along with a range of brilliant shops and products. As a trusted source of information for parents and families from pregnancy through to teenagers, it is essential for me to be able to provide links to the best services, products and practitioners for children, parents and families across Newcastle & Tyneside. I only work alongside businesses who are experienced, professional, recommended and who fit in well with the supportive ethos of Birth, Baby & Family. Supporting small businesses is important to me and this is a network of wonderful people who are passionate about what they do, who are excellent at what they do and I recommend them to parents… The Core Team is a pool of specialist knowledge… The Birth, Baby & Family Practice – antenatal classes, postnatal support, baby massage, weaning an ongoing parent support Debbie Donaldson – pregnancy & postnatal fitness specialist plus running and hulahoop courses Julia McCarthy at Sanctuary House – massage and reflexology Puddle Ducks – aquanatal, …

#tynesidebirth

I am developing a co-ordinated approach to information, feedback & experiences, suggestions, support & conversations about birth for expectant parents across Tyneside. If you are pregnant, I want you and your partner to be able to access good information and support and to benefit from honest and experienced conversation about birth and birth preparation. Pregnancy can sometimes feel isolating as you work out what are good classes to attend, what information you need to know, what’s good to read, who to follow on social media. My aim is to share a range of articles, tips, suggestions, checklists and recommendations, along with links to other sources of information and support. I will be using #tynesidebirth on Facebook and Instagram and on my website so you can find articles and get involved in the conversation. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions. Janine

For pregnancy & birth

Congratulations on your pregnancy! I am here to provide you with information, support and reassurance for your pregnancy, labour, birth and life with your new baby. As expectant parents you will benefit from thorough antenatal classes – which run as small group or 1:1 sessions and which will also 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 well as for birth after loss. My antenatal sessions are not only about knowledge and skills – they are also about assertiveness, confidence, having realistic expectations and feeling equipped to cope with the challenges. I aim to better prepare you with your options for straight-forward birth as well as the questions to ask so you know more about your options if you need additional monitoring, an induction or a caesarean when your options could be different. 1:1 Pregnancy Session – a private appointment to talk through… any anxiety & concerns …