Antenatal Classes – what we talk about…

what is a contraction?

going to hospital

managing contractions at home and staying calm

positions, movement and gravity – why they are important and why you may need to be assertive

working with your midwife

birth partners

using water

overview of labour and average timings

emotions and hormones

using your breathing

using a birth ball in pregnancy

signs of labour


staying off the bed


patterns of contractions

the uniqueness of labour

keeping it simple

how real birth might look different to what we see on the tv

digging deep

accepting and working with the discomfort and pain

listening to your body – it’s doing the work, so let it guide you

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These are just some of the things we talked about. This was the first night of a 4 session course – it can be a bit of a slap of reality, to focus on labour & birth and what that can involve and what you may experience as a woman in labour and as a birth partner.

I’m really passionate about birth and helping expectant parents to be as prepared as possible for what is to come, for working with your midwife but also owning it, to say what you need and to have effective knowledge and skills to work with your contractions, to be able to rest, to stay calm and to have more control.

I keep my groups small so I can focus on you, listen to and answer your questions, be aware of any fears and concerns and get you better prepared.

If you are pregnant and would like to find out more about getting prepared for the birth of your baby, just send me a message.






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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.