Birth Preparation

antenatal birth preparation

Birth preparation that makes a difference

Specialist birth preparation to provide a foundation of robust knowledge, strategies and skills you can rely on.

Your Options

Antenatal Course

A thorough course to focus on…

*labour & birth
*options & strategies
*pain management
*relax & breathe
*baby preparation
*your recovery

1:1 Birth Preparation

Effective personalised sessions to focus on your individual preparation …

*labour and birth
*birth after loss
*giving birth again
*complicated birth *induction
*birth pep-talks

Relax & Breathe

Effective relaxation and breathing for you to…

*ease aches & pains in pregnancy
*stay calm
*work with your contractions
*manage your energy
*develop effective skills for birth
*manage stress, anxiety & panic
*use with your baby

1:1 Baby Preparation

To better prepare you for life beyond birth…

Focusing on:
*your recovery
*practical tips to get your home ready for you and your baby
*what to expect from your new baby
*what your baby needs
*what you need in those early days and weeks.

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

Your 1:1 sessions can be in-person or by video call and appointments can be made at a time to best suit you.


These can take place:

*face-to-face if you are local to me in Tyneside
*over video call

View more

Online Courses

The antenatal course
and the relax & breathe course can be accessed online,
to go through at your own pace.

View more


“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 courses are invaluable.”

“From antenatal care to support when baby is here, Janine is calm and supportive and she gives confidence when you doubt everything you do.”

birth support

With a qualified and experienced antenatal teacher

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.

Janine Smith | A specialist in pregnancy & birth & early parenting