Author: Janine Smith

3 ways to make peace with your birth experience

Being able to make peace with your birth experience can be really beneficial. Labour and birth is such a unique experience and we do need more honest conversations in pregnancy, as well as after birth, to talk through expectations, what went well and how new parents are feeling. And this doesn’t have to be about birth being traumatic, it can be straightforward but still leave you feeling shocked and needing to talk it through. I have spoken to so many women postnatally who say birth was all fine, they are fine but then talk about how different it was, how they wish they’d known something, how they might do it differently next time, how disappointed they might feel, how let down they might feel. Yes it might all be fine but it can also help to talk it through and voice what you are feeling. – high expectations – There can be such high expectations when it comes to birth – of doing it naturally, of waterbirth, of hypnobirthing. This can be important because belief …

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If you are pregnant, if you have a baby, if you need some information, support and reassurance or you have any queries about any of my sessions or services, you can just send me a quick message below. You can follow me on social media for more information, discussion and to be part of the conversation about pregnancy, birth and early parenting. Facebook Facebook Group For Parents Instagram And you can sign up for: Notes for Parents – regular, short emails with information, inspiration & stories With a calm and knowledgeable approach, my aim is to provide the knowledge, support and reassurance you need to be informed and confident parents. Janine Smith | A specialist in pregnancy, birth and early parentingWorking with parents since 2002

Pregnancy in your words: tired

There’s something about the tiredness in pregnancy, it can be quite unlike anything else. It can feel like a bone-filled tiredness that can make you feel like you have to drag yourself through the day. If you can go with it, do – have that early night, have a lie-in, take that afternoon nap when you can and look after you a bit. It can also be helpful to eat as well as you can and to drink plenty of water, so you don’t become dehydrated. You can also mention this to your midwife if you have any concerns about your energy levels. How was your tiredness in pregnancy? How did you manage it? Working with parents since 2002 Say hello…Instagram | Facebook Group | Linkedin

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10 essentials for Induction Preparation

Induction Preparation can make a huge difference because it means you can be more aware of what the reality of induction could mean for you, what your options may be and how you can work with your contractions. Read through these induction preparation steps and make a note of questions so you can think about what would be useful for. It can be helpful to know more about the induction process so you know more about what to expect and what your options are. Ask questions so you have more of an understanding of what it involve. Induction can change your options so it can help to know more about this in advance so you don’t have any unexpected surprises on the day. So you are informed, comfortable and calm. Listen to your instincts and go with what you need. Induction doesn’t mean being on a bed – you can still use positions and have gravity to be as comfortable as possible and to do what feels right with your contractions. Knowing how to use …

Parenting in the pandemic

What is your experience of parenting in the pandemic? I would like to collate and share your honest stories of the highs and the lows – which will be totally anonymous. I would love to know how parenting in the pandemic impacted any of these: pregnancy being induced labour & birth having a new baby having a baby or toddler babyloss It has been a tough year, affecting people in so many different ways and I would like to capture your experiences – the brilliant and the challenging – to document them and remember them. Please feel free to message me your stories and you can make it as brief or as long as you like. Please be reassured that your stories are in safe hands, which is why I will keep them anonymous, so you can speak freely. Working with parents since 2002 Say hello…Instagram | Facebook Group | Linkedin