All posts tagged: Janine Smith

finding my voice

Finding my voice

With a new digital business, finding my voice has been essential. I have struggled a little to find my voice on social media, to say what I want to say with purpose and without having the focus on me. While I possess a great deal of knowledge and experience – you, the parent, are always my focus. I have worked with thousands of parents over the last 20 years – and I learn from every parent I work with. As a practitioner, my role is to provide information, support and reassurance when it is needed. I am also there to listen, to pose questions, to provide confidence and to help you find what works for you and your baby. My focus is on encouraging you to: gather knowledge think about what you what or need (and how that can happen) have effective communication with questions have strategic thinking so you can plan and think about your options be honest with yourself so you can deal with challenges head on I passionately believe that there is …

Straightforward Birth – read well and work with an experienced birth practitioner

There’s so much information about birth out there, so where do you start? On Social Media…It’s worth following a few good practitioners on social media so you can gather the right information for you. Birth, Baby & FamilyInstagram: @birthbabyandfamilyFacebook: @birthbabyandfamily Evidence Based Birth Practising Midwife Journal Bump, Birth & Beyond Dr Sara Wickham Books…These are some of my favourites because of their brilliant content and the tone is just right! Your No Guilt Pregnancy Plan by Rebecca Schiller The Positive Birth Book by Milli Hill The Positive Breastfeeding Book by Amy Brown Give Birth Like A Feminist by Milli Hill Ina May’s Guide To Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin Guides…Based on evidence and experience, these guides accompany my antenatal courses.The Practical Guide to Labour & Birth by Janine Smith Not all antenatal classes are the same – work with a good birth practitioner… Good antenatal classes are worth the investment but do your research first, take a look at their website, their social media and get in touch to ask them questions. You might need …

For postnatal & early parenting

Providing postnatal support and sessions for those early days, weeks and months with your baby is one of my specialities and passions. I am well trained and I have  worked with parents for a number of years so my practice is based on up-to-date research, first-hand experience and the different needs of parents – I aim to provide you with good information, coping strategies and reassurance so you can feel supported as you find what works for you and for your baby. My role is not to tell you what to do or how to parent, it is mainly to listen, to provide ideas and perspective and to make you tea. All of my postnatal sessions are about small groups and 1:1 appointments with tea, cake, chat, offloading and questions to ease isolation and have a chance to be listened to. Baby Massage Mondays & Fridays | 1-2.30pm | £35 Mother Cuppa Wednesdays | 1-3pm | £5 Weaning Workshop Thursdays | 1-3pm | £20 1:1 Appointments new baby | baby sleep service | being a …

Baby Massage Feedback

Baby Massage is one of my favourite postnatal classes – the sessions are informal, with conversation, a chance to ask questions and both mums and babies can relax.

Birth Debrief Feedback

My birth debrief sessions are about talking through the birth of your baby, to make sense of what happened and to help you think about birth again, if this is appropriate.