Author: Janine Smith

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Birth Preparation Tips: anxieties & fears

As part of your preparation for birth and life with your new baby, it can be important to share and talk through any anxieties or worries you might be experiencing. This can help you to be honest with yourself and to deal with them head on, with greater knowledge and effective strategies. Always seek medical support if you are concerned about yourself or your baby. Even if it is just a feeling that something isn’t right. Book a session with me if you have questions, need some additional support or preparation for birth & baby.

Making online baby massage sessions work for you

After running small group baby massage courses almost monthly since 2010, I am now doing things a little differently with online baby massage sessions. Online sessions are a great way to learn baby massage, to ease isolation and to stay cosy with your baby – this can be really beneficial when your baby is new or on those tired days. Here’s how it all works and how you can make the most of your online sessions. Making your online sessions work for you My baby massage sessions are 90 minutes long and will run over Zoom, which you can access on a laptop, tablet or phone. Make a comfy space for you and your baby: In a warm room, set up a changing mat with a blanket Sit on a cushion so you are comfy and can sit back and feed/cuddle your baby Have everything you need within reach – a drink, a snack, baby changing items and your baby massage oil Have your phone, tablet, laptop in a position where you are can see …

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Relax & Breathe – how to use your breathing

Keep it simple, don’t overthink it, just slow down your breathing and let yourself feel calm. You can use your breathing to start and end every day, you can use it if you feel anxious, stressed or overwhelmed, you can use it if you have discomfort or pain. It just gives you chance to slow down and to be still.

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Pregnancy Checklist: what do you need?

What you need during your pregnancy will no doubt vary but it is a question to keep referring to so you can look after your needs. There can be pressure during pregnancy to keep going as normal because pregnancy is not an illness, even though you could feel ill. Pregnancy is a time to listen to your body and to look after your need for rest, food and comfort because you are making another human. Asking what do I need can be about connecting with those basic needs and, sometimes, asking for more help and support. Do you need a break? How & when can that happen? Do you need rest? How & when can that happen? Is there anything you can do ease/manage nausea? Do you need to work through any anxieties or worries? Who can you speak to for help with this? Do you need to eat? Do you need to drink more? If you feel isolated, do you need support and reassurance? Who can you speak to for help with this? Do …

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Your Pregnancy, Birth & New Baby Guide

This guide is packed full of information, ideas and tips for you during pregnancy, for birth and as you adjust to life with your new baby. Your 1st, 2nd & 3rd Trimesters Pregnancy Again Your Body Antenatal Checks Food, Exercise & Mental Health Your Birth Plan Your Birth Bag Relax & Breathe Positions For Labour & Birth Going Over Your Due Date Are You Ready For Labour & Birth? Preparing For Your New Baby Overview Of Labour & Birth Positions For Labour & Birth Relax & Breathe Birth Support Labour & Birth Checklist Essentials For Induction Essentials For Caesareans Birth Debrief Preparing For Your New Baby Meeting Your Baby Early Days Newborn Sleep Finding Your Feet As A Parent Your Body After Birth Reasons To Babywear Breastfeeding – The First 6 Weeks Breastfeeding Challenges Why Women Stop Breastfeeding Expressing Basics Sterilising Basics Bottle Feeding Combination Feeding Health Professionals Pregnancy & Birth Words Links To Useful Organisations Written by Janine SmithAs an experienced antenatal and postnatal practitioner, I wanted to write a useful guide, something full …