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This is a professional little practice for parents – on these pages, and in my sessions, you will find friendly, simple, effective and honest knowledge and experiences to boost your confidence and wellbeing, to provide you with a range of good knowledge, practical skills, support & reassurance for pregnancy, birth, parenting and looking after you.

As a fully qualified and experienced antenatal and postnatal practitioner, I have written and designed classes and resources based on latest evidence and professional/parent experiences.

Through informal, friendly and relaxed antenatal and postnatal classes, I provide personalised support in pregnancy and when your baby is here. With small groups and 1:1 sessions, I aim to provide you with information, strategies, options and confidence so you can make flexible plans and individualised choices for birth and as parents.

As a trained coach, I also work with parents beyond the postnatal period to focus on the personal and parenting challenges as your children grow.

My practice is about listening to you, providing options and not telling you what to do. I provide a safe, comfortable place for you to gather all the information, support and reassurance you need for pregnancy & birth, for your baby and for you as a parent. As a warm and down-to-earth practitioner, you can talk through your experiences, fears, challenges and struggles and develop realistic plans and strategies for you and your family.

“You were absolutely awesome throughout my pregnancy and afterwards – both me and my husband learnt so much through your classes and 1:1s and I felt supported and listened to.”

Here’s a quick guide to everything I do…

Pregnancy – I provide 1:1 consultations for women who may want more consistent support and reassurance during their pregnancy.

Birth Preparation  – I work with parents who are preparing for the birth of their first baby and with parents who need to prepare for birth again.

Postnatal & Early Parenting – I run small group and 1:1 sessions for parents with a baby from new to about one.

Your Wellbeing – I offer 1:1 coaching sessions for parents to focus on personal and parenting challenges: juggling responsibilities, work, headspace, better life balance, easing stress and boosting wellbeing.

As an established and trusted practitioner, my sessions are attended by parents across Tyneside, Newcastle and Northumberland and I am now developing online and phone/video sessions for parents who live further away.

Birth, Baby & Family is also about friendships, ongoing support and community – easing isolation, boosting wellbeing with social media, small groups, 1:1 sessions and messaging.

“Janine’s writing is searingly honest. It is true and it depicts the highs and lows of parenting in all its shapes and forms.”

This website is packed with information, links to services & support, as well as comment and experiences on different aspects of pregnancy, labour & birth, babies & children and parenting – please do take a wander.

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Janine Smith | A specialist in pregnancy, birth and working with parents