Hello and welcome to Birth, Baby & Family!

This site is all about good information, different parent voices and links to the best support and services for families. As an experienced practitioner in pregnancy, birth and early parenting, I provide a unique range of professional support and services for expectant  and new parents. As a life coach, I also provide ongoing support for parents, as their children grow and the challenges shift.

Since 2002 I have worked with hundreds of parents and I am passionate about providing parent-focused support. I am a trained antenatal teacher, doula, postnatal group leader, baby massage instructor and life coach – I know pregnancy, I know birth, I know babies and I know parents – and it matters to me that I can provide information, skills, support, reassurance and a listening ear to  meet the different
needs of parents.

All parents are different and all babies are different so I aim to work without judgement and assumption and without a rulebook, I work to support the different challenges faced by parents.

I love what I do and it is a privilege to work with parents!

New articles and information are always being added to the site and if you need support as a parent – from pregnancy to teenagers – just
get in touch!

Janine x


Diploma in Antenatal Education (University of Bedfordshire | three years)
I have provided antenatal classes and workshops across Tyneside since 2002

Diploma in Postnatal Education  (University of Bedfordshire | three years)
I have provided postnatal courses and drop-ins across Tyneside since 2008

Doula Training with Nurturing Birth
Since 2009 I have supported a number of parents throughout the birth of their baby and through those first few days and weeks  with a new baby.

Infant Massage Instructor Training with International Association of
Infant Massage
I have provided baby massage courses in North Tyneside since 2010

NCFE Level 3 Counselling Skills
I gained this qualification in 2001 and I use these skills in all of my sessions – they enable me to listen and to focus on the needs of my clients

SANDS Training for Doulas – Pregnancy Loss And The Death Of A Baby

Due to my training, experience and the range of services I provide, I possess excellent knowledge and skills for
pregnancy, birth, babies and parenting.


As a mum of three, I understand the excitement and concerns of being pregnant, giving birth and becoming a parent and my work reflects this.

I specialise in running small groups and one-to-one consultations to ensure they are welcoming, friendly and supportive. I provide a personal approach to focus on you, to listen to you and to encourage you to feel confident and better prepared.

I will provide you with the time and opportunity to ask questions and gain reassurance and support. I offer a flexible approach and you can contact me in-between sessions and after your session has finished,for more information and ongoing reassurance.

As an experienced practitioner and doula, I aim to prepare expectant parents for the reality of giving birth – the need to be assertive, how to keep going, how to stay calm if birth goes off-plan. And, once baby is here, I work to reassure and support parents, to give the best information and to encourage them to trust their instinct and to find what works for them as a family.

December 2013 043After working as an NCT antenatal teacher & postnatal group leader, Birth & Baby was created in 2008 to provide local parents with support from pregnancy and throughout the first year of their baby’s life.

Since 2013 I have developed the Birth, Baby & Family Centre in North Shields to provide services under one roof for parents from pregnancy and until their children start school. And now this has developed into Birth, Baby & Family to include services for older children and their parents.

With over a decade of experience, I am dedicated to providing good information, support and reassurance for all parents.

“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?”




If you have any queries, just send me a message…


antenatal classes, postnatal classes, baby & toddler classes, doula, baby massage, life coach, new mum support, north shields, Tynemouth, Whitley Bay, Newcastle