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Online Antenatal Classes

My online antenatal classes provide professional, practical and personalised sessions for all expectant parents to be better prepared for birth and baby. This course is based on experience, research and proven practical skills to better prepare you for the reality of birth. With resources to use at home, this course is ideal if you are expecting your first baby or if you are in need of a refresher. There are 6 Modules with practical information, audio files and worksheets to use during pregnancy, labour and with your baby. This is not about labour & birth being easy, it is about putting yourself at the centre of your care. It is about managing the different challenges of labour & birth and knowing what you can do. Only 27% of labours are without intervention, so it is important to know about induction, caesareans, assisted delivery and epidurals. This gives you knowledge about your options and how to stay calm if labour becomes more complicated. By the end of your course, you will know more about… EARLY LABOURWhat …

homebirth

If your homebirth has been cancelled…

With many homebirth services being temporarily suspended across the country, let’s focus on easing your anxiety and getting you better prepared for labour and birth in hospital. As a birth doula, I have supported labouring women at home and in hospital – here are some practical tips which may be helpful for your preparation, for your options and for your mindset. The benefits of a homebirth are that you don’t go anywhere, the midwives come to you so the transition of moving to hospital need to be managed and being at home means you can wander freely at home where you feel more comfortable but this can be managed as well. Many parents want to stay at home for as long as possible before transferring to the maternity unit. This depends on how comfortable you are at home and how safe you feel as you may reach a point during your labour where you want the reassurance of a midwife. It can also help to keep in touch with the maternity unit during early labour …

Combination Feeding

Combination feeding is about needing or choosing to do both breastfeeding and formula feeding. This comes up a lot in my postnatal sessions and mums can need to do this for a number of reasons: top up feeds as part of a weight-gain plan so their baby can take a bottle to ease the pressure on them, so they can share the feeding to take a break, to go out, to go away, to go back to work easing stress and pressure as part of making the switch from breastfeeding to bottlefeeding There’s no firm advice on how to do this but having a plan and some consistency can be important – this will help with your milk production as well as eventually building a gentle routine. You might choose mixed feeding because you need to do top-ups to help with weight-gain, you want to give your baby a regular bottle each day or because you want to continue breastfeeding but you need to do more bottle feeds than breastfeeds. Combination Feeding: Top-Ups This can …

Pregnancy & Birth Conversations: January

I work with so many parents I am going to start to share just a little bit of the conversations we have and the questions I am asked. I started a new antenatal course last night with a brilliant group where conversation flowed and the questions kept coming. This is why I run small groups and 1:1 sessions, so parents can be honest, they can share and they have a platform to be heard and to focus on their need for knowledge, strategies and reassurance. It’s a privilege to do my job, I work hard at it, it’s my passion and I love working with parents in this way.

Here’s to 2020

This time of year can be full of posts declaring bigger and better for the year ahead – but I’m just going to keep doing what I do: small groups & private sessions for parents and writing useful posts here. My work aim for this year is to keep keeping it simple with honest, realistic information, good support and as much reassurance as I can dish out for parents. My role as a practitioner is about confidence, wellbeing, community, being heard and feeling less alone. The one change I need to make is to shout about it more and your help is vital – your recommendations, feedback and post sharing makes all the difference, so please do share my details with anyone who is pregnant or who has a new baby. Thank you!Jx