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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 | birth debrief | pregnancy after loss

The Antenatal Course – a thorough and informal course to provide you with good knowledge, practical skills, discussion and a chance to
ask questions…
about everything from early labour to life with your new baby | 5 sessions | ideal for all expectant parents

Relax & Breathe for Pregnancy & Birth – to focus on using and developing effective relaxation and breathing techniques for you to…
stay calm and to have more control in labour | work with your contractions | manage your energy | stay focused | manage any anxiety or panic | to get your head ready for birth
for all expectant parents and for all births

Birth Preparation for Second-time Parents – your options for getting prepared for labour and birth again

Beyond Birth – a 1:1 session to better prepare you for life with your
new baby…
what to expect from your new baby, what your baby needs and what you need in those early days and weeks

1:1 Appointments – private sessions to focus on your individual need for information and support… 
labour and birth preparation |baby preparation | birth after loss | birth debrief | complicated birth | induction preparation | caesarean preparation | life with your new baby | birth peptalk
for all expectant parents

Pregnancy & Birth After Babyloss – pregnancy sessions and preparation for labour and birth


Reasons to book my antenatal classes

My antenatal classes and 1:1 sessions are held in the centre of North Shields and they are attended by expectant parents from across Tyneside, Newcastle and Northumberland.

1:1 sessions can also take place in your home.

Booking onto any of these antenatal sessions also includes:

  • The Practical Guides To Labour & Birth
  • A toolkit of resources to use at home
  • Email/phone support in early labour and during the first week with your new baby
  • A private Facebook group to ask questions and gain on-going information and support

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With Janine Smith
specialist in pregnancy & birth, early parentingand parent wellbeing

I have worked with parents since 2002 and, as a practitioner with professional training and experience, I am trusted to provide a balance of reliable knowledge, non-judgemental support and much needed reassurance.

My approach is not to tell you what to do – it is to listen, to provide you with the opportunity to ask questions, it is about providing ideas and information, helping you to formulate plans and to find what works for you and for your family.

The focus is on your wellbeing in pregnancy, for birth, as a parent and as you, the person behind the parent and I have created informal but effective small group and 1:1 sessions to benefit you.

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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.