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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 for you and for your baby
  • gathering information as you need it, especially if labour & birth are not straight-forward
  • using your breathing to stay as calm as possible
  • to trust yourself
  • trying not to base any expectations of birth on what you see on television
  • read well, ask questions

My classes are a little different, no two groups are the same and I never tell anyone what labour and birth will be like – my aim is to equip you with good information and practical skills, so you can be empowered to gather all the knowledge about your options. There will always be options.

If you are pregnant and you are getting prepared for the birth of your baby, just get in touch to find out more about my classes and 1:1 sessions.

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Janine Smith | A specialist in pregnancy, birth and early parenting

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An experienced specialist in pregnancy, birth & early parenting, I have worked with parents since 2002. I am based in the North East so I regularly work with parents from Newcastle, Northumberland, Gateshead and across North Tyneside. Face-to-face sessions will continue with North East parents but digital courses and online sessions means I can work with parents everywhere.