Antenatal Classes – the complete course for expectant parents

Based on experience, evidence and proven practical skills, these antenatal classes will equip 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.

No two births are the same and your need for information, support and reassurance can vary. As a practitioner who has worked with expectant parents for almost 20 years, I passionately believe in good education for all births – not just your ideal birth.

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.

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There are 6 modules plus the relax & breathe course and interactive worksheets, checklists & audio files to download. This course will guide you through all you need to know to enhance your knowledge and skills for labour, birth and baby.

By the end of these antenatal classes, 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 and the options
  • having a caesarean
  • knowing your options & making decisions

Beyond Birth

  • meeting your baby
  • your recovery
  • early days & weeks with your baby
  • reflecting on the birth of your baby

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 two antenatal course packages for you to choose from:

  1. A private antenatal course with four online or in-person consultations with me, which can be arranged around your schedule

2. A Self-Paced Antenatal Course with resources to use in your own time and you can also add on consultations to ask questions and to talk through your birth preparation

Both packages include:

  • all online antenatal course modules
  • antenatal guides & worksheets
  • relax & breathe audio & resources
  • 3 months membership

“Before I went into labour I was pretty scared but it was ok. I knew to go with it, to work with my contractions. I was much calmer than I expected – your sessions were invaluable.”

“I can’t thank you enough for your classes – I was able to say what I needed to do, I focused on my breathing and I trusted my body.”

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.

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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

My face-to-face sessions are ideal for parents across Newcastle & Tyneside. With video sessions, I work with parents everywhere.
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