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your early labour

Can you describe your early labour in 3 words?

3 words…Pregnancy, birth and parenting are so individual and I would like to collect as much feedback as possible – which can be shared anonymously – to normalise the differences to other expectant and new parents. I have three children and each labour started spontaneously before I reached my due date. I am someone who has long early labours – I can niggle on for days before my baby and my body is ready for labour and birth. All of my babies have been back to back and my early labour has been about moving them into a better position. During each early labour it felt right to just wander and rest, even though I just wanted my body to just get on with it! It is important to remember that there is no right length of labour – if it is long, it could be because your baby needs the time. Excited, unknown, frustrated Long, tired, impatient Longest, intermittent, breathe What 3 words would you use to describe your early labour? With a calm …

your 1st trimester

3 words to describe your 1st trimester

3 words…Pregnancy, birth and parenting are so individual and I would like to collect as much feedback as possible – which can be shared anonymously – to normalise the differences to other expectant and new parents. All three of my three pregnancies have been very different: Excited, nervous, tired Happy, calm, excited Anxious, complete, concerned What 3 words would you use to describe your early pregnancy? With a calm and knowledgeable approach, my aim is informed and confident parents. Janine Smith | A specialist in pregnancy, birth and early parenting Say hello‚ĶInstagram | Facebook Group | Linkedin

relax and breathe challenges

Relax & Breathe Challenge

The Relax & Breathe Challenge is about bringing some simple and effective techniques into your life. This is not just about boosting your wellbeing, it is about having tools to rely on for stress, anxiety or being overwhelmed. Relax & Breathe is something I have used for years – personally and professionally. I teach it to parents, my teenagers use it, it eases my stress and anxiety and I have even completed relaxation therapy training. It is just breathing but it really helps with calm, focus, being overwhelmed and heading off panic. And, while the main focus of my practice is expectant and new parents, this is for everyone. You can use it everyday, to do something for you. It is gives a great boost in pregnancy, helping with aches and discomforts. It is essential for birth to stay calm, to have a focus and to work with contractions. And it is beneficial when your baby is here – for feeding, settling, to stay calm and to help your recovery. But it is for everyone …

tips for birth preparation

Tips for birth preparation

These tips for birth preparation are for every birth. Whether you want a waterbirth, are having an induction or you are booked in for a caesarean – there is power in doing birth on purpose. Putting yourself at the centre of your care is all about knowing your options, having a say and asking questions. This means you can be better prepared for the reality of labour and birth and what it might involve. Labour and birth can be unpredictable so pregnancy is a time to start gathering knowledge and skills and to get your head ready for what you can do and what you might need. I have worked with expectant parents since 2002 as a childbirth educator and as a doula. And I have also had three of my own babies, which all required different preparation. I passionately believe that it helps to: know more about the reality of birth. Labour and birth can be about contractions, tiredness, decisions, doubt, strength and vulnerability. There is great strength in knowing where the challenges might …

Pregnancy Essentials Checklist

This pregnancy essentials checklist is for all pregnancies. Whether you are feeling great or if your pregnancy is more complicated you can adapt these to suit your needs. Pregnancy is a time to look after you, to focus on what you need and to gather knowledge. It is a time to ask questions, to put yourself at the centre of your care and to tune in to your instincts. After working with thousands of expectant parents – and having three pregnancies myself – I know how different each pregnancy can be. But it always comes back to the basics… being as comfortable as possible – moving, walking, using a ball, using pillows, changing position can all help eat as well as possible and drink plenty of water to help with tiredness and general discomforts put yourself at the centre of your care. Say what you need, rest when you can, gather information and ask questions about your care and as part of your birth preparation. know how to use your breathing. This for for calm, …