My practice is me, Janine, an antenatal and postnatal specialist. As an antenatal teacher, postnatal group leader, baby massage instructor, doula & parent coach, I possess a unique range of professional training and experience.
I am a mum of three as well as an aunt of two and I know that parenting isn’t easy. This is why being able to provide personalised, non-judgemental support is so important to me.
Labour and birth is unique for everyone and there isn’t one way or a right way to do it. Birth is about having realistic expectations, along with good knowledge and skills, so you can manage the challenges, know your options and navigate the policies. Birth preparation with me reflects that because not everyone can have the ‘perfect’ birth, it is personal, it can be unpredictable and medical interventions can become necessary.
Parenting is a constant learning curve, it can be pretty isolating, we can feel guilt and give ourselves a hard time for finding it hard and for not having all the answers. I am always open about my own parenting challenges and I don’t believe in quick fixes – I believe in looking after ourselves; getting support when we need it; laughter; being listened to; being honest; having realistic expectations and in making small tweaks and changes when needed.
As a mum and an experienced practitioner, I understand the excitement and concerns of being pregnant, giving birth and being a parent and my work reflects this. I listen to and learn from the parents I work with and this has a huge impact on my practice.
“Janine has a rare gift, on the one hand down to earth and no-nonsense, while on the other kind and wise – coupled with sharp intelligence, fantastic knowledge and the ability to really listen. Did I mention she makes a mean pot of tea as well?”
Due to my training and experience, I possess excellent knowledge about birth, babies and early parenting.
Antenatal Education (University of Beds | three years)
I have worked with expectant parents since 2002.
Postnatal Education (University of Beds | three years)
I have provided postnatal sessions and support since 2008.
Doula Training with Nurturing Birth
Since 2009 I have supported a number of parents throughout the birth of their baby as well as during the first few days and weeks with their new baby.
Infant Massage Instructor Training with International Association of Infant Massage
I provided monthly baby massage courses between 2010-2021.
NCFE Level 3 Counselling Skills
I gained this qualification in 2001 and these skills enable me to listen to and focus on the needs of parents.
SANDS Bereavement Support Training
I completed this training in 2016 to support my work with bereaved parents.
ASC Life Skills Coach
I completed this training in 2016 to enhance my skills and to enable me to work with parents beyond the postnatal period.
“From antenatal care to support when your baby is here, Janine is calm and supportive. She gives confidence when you doubt everything you do!”
— Parent Feedback
As an antenatal & postnatal specialist…
In addition to working with expectant and new parents, I have worked with Newcastle University research teams and corporate organisations.
I am passionate about working with parents and providing a solid foundation of information, skills and support. In a world of conflicting information and experts, my practice is based on evidence, experience and listening to parents. My expertise lies in providing reassurance and confidence boosts so you can find what works best for you and your family.
- Enrich early family life
With trustworthy information based on evidence and experience
- To inform and educate
With a solid foundation of knowledge
- To listen and reassure
To ensure that you are heard, so you can ask questions, share your challenges and feel supported
- To empower and boost
So you have the confidence to find what works for you and your family
My face-to-face consultations are ideal for parents across Newcastle & Tyneside. With video sessions and digital courses, I also work with parents and families from across the North East and beyond.
How can I help you?