With Janine Smith

Birth, Baby & Family is a small practice – I have been working with parents since 2002 and I am passionate about providing a range of services and support to meet the different needs of parents from pregnancy and throughout family life.

“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?”


antenatal classes newcastle tynesideMy training & experience

Diploma in Antenatal Education (University of Beds | three years)
I have worked with expectant parents across Tyneside since 2002

Diploma in Postnatal Education  (University of Beds | 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 Bereavement Support Training

Janine Rudin

My philosophy 

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

I specialise in running small and informal groups and 1:1 consultations, which are welcoming, friendly and supportive – I don’t have an agenda so I won’t be telling you what you ‘should’ be doing. I provide a personal approach to focus on your unique need for information, support or reassurance. Birth, Baby & Family is all about giving you professional expertise, the space to be listened to and to be heard and it’s about giving you thinking space and a confidence boost when you need it.


Birth, Baby & Family

After working as an NCT antenatal teacher, Birth & Baby was born in 2008 to offer a range of classes, support and services.
I became Birth, Baby & Family in 2017 as I now work with parents of older children as well.

Birth, Baby & Family is all about the good information, parent-focused sessions and ongoing support for parents from pregnancy and throughout family life.

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch…


Janine x



About Janine 659 Articles
As an experienced and qualified practitioner, I specialise in pregnancy, birth and parent support - my aim is to listen, inform, support and reassure when needed. I have worked with parents since 2002 and I set up Birth, Baby & Family in 2011 to provide good information, different voices and links to the best products and services for families.