Antenatal Classes

Antenatal classes for birth & baby preparation – providing a foundation of robust knowledge, strategies and skills you can rely on.

Based on experience, evidence and proven practical skills, these antenatal classes aim to better prepare you for labour, birth and baby. It is not about birth being easy, it is about having good knowledge, being at the centre of your care, managing any challenges and knowing what you can do.

Only 27% of labours are currently without any intervention. So there is focus on working with and managing contractions along with knowing more about induction, caesareans and epidurals. This means you know more about what to expect, your options and being informed if labour becomes more complicated.

There are 6 modules plus interactive worksheets, checklists & audio files to download.

By the end of your antenatal course, you will know more about…

Labour & Birth

  • working with your contractions
  • managing your energy
  • pain management options
  • effective birth support
  • positions & movement
  • panic points and how to manage them

Relax & Breathe

  • knowing how to use your breathing with contractions, for more energy and to stay calm
  • managing any panic
  • easing aches and discomfort
  • having simple and effective breathing and relaxation techniques for pregnancy, birth and when your baby is here

Medical Interventions

  • being induced
  • having a caesarean
  • knowing your options & making decisions

Beyond Birth

  • meeting your baby
  • your recovery
  • early days & weeks with your baby

In addition, you will also have the opportunity to:
*develop your own birth plan with questions and strategies
*think about what you might need
*know what questions to ask
*know more about potential challenges and how to manage them
*have resources to reflect on the birth of your baby

You will benefit from:
*a calm, knowledgeable approach
*working with an experienced practitioner
*practical resources and downloads to use in pregnancy, during labour and when your baby is here
*access to ongoing information, support and reassurance

This course is ideal if you are expecting your first baby and it works well as a refresher if you are getting ready to birth again.
1:1 sessions can be arranged to fit in with your schedule.

There are three antenatal course packages for you to choose from:

  • Personalised Antenatal Course with six 1:1 sessions with me (£250)
  • Refresher Antenatal Course with three 1:1 sessions (£185)
  • Self-Paced Antenatal Course to go through in your own time (£75) and you can add 1:1 sessions to ask questions and gather more information.

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.

A few words about why I created these antenatal classes…

Labour and birth can be brilliant, euphoric and straight-forward, as well as complicated, overwhelming and scary. Labour, birth and becoming a parent is emotional and it is these emotions that you can’t truly prepare for. However you can be equipped with effective knowledge and skills so you know more about the childbirth process; about new babies; about what helps and what might not; and how to use these practical skills to focus on being comfortable and staying calm.

I passionately believe that when labour is straight-forward and well supported, the contractions are do-able. And when underpinned by a positive mindset, effective strategies, skills and ongoing reassurance, there is nothing to fear.

But there are many factors that can impact contractions. A long labour, a back-to-back baby, being induced, fear and lack of support and consistency can all make labour and birth tougher than expected

do birth on purpose

One type of birth is not better than another. My role is to help you gather the knowledge, skills and confidence to make decisions, plans and to do what works best for you.

I have worked as a birth practitioner since 2002 – as an antenatal teacher and then also as a birth doula. So I understand how varied birth can be.

It’s crucial to put yourself at the centre of your care – to say what you need, so you are communicated with, so you can work well with your midwife and so you are informed and able.

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Working with parents since 2002

In addition, 1:1 Birth Preparation sessions can also be arranged to talk through specific issues.

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