Antenatal Classes – Tyneside and Newcastle

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Birth & Baby Antenatal Classes

Run by Janine Rudin, an experienced antenatal teacher, birth doula and mum, Birth & Baby provides small group and one-to-one antenatal classes for pregnant women and their partners from across Tyneside.

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Throughout your pregnancy…

Pregnancy & Birth Cafe – join the conversation

Held each month, you can come along to these informal sessions throughout your pregnancy to chat and ask questions about your pregnancy and the birth of your baby.

These informal sessions during your pregnancy will work well with any of the Birth & Baby workshops and private consultations…


For specific Birth Prep…

Birth Essentials Workshop
all you need to know for giving birth…

Relax & Breathe for Birth
effective breathing skills for labour and birth

One-to-One Appointments
to focus on whatever you need to…

labour and birth | birth support | birth after loss | birth debrief | induction | caesarean | life with your baby | feeding | pregnancy or birth anxiety | birth peptalk…

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For Baby Prep…

Baby Essentials Workshop
How to settle, soothe and make sense of the first few weeks with your baby


What are the benefits for you and your birth partner?

Informal and friendly sessions 

Effective information, skills from a knowledgeable and experienced birth practitioner

Beneficial birth support

Ongoing support and information when you need it

Access to the Birth & Baby Family Centre

What to expect

Small groups so the sessions are friendly, informal and focused on your needs

There’s always tea and cake and you can ask all the questions you need.

Good information and practical skills

Who are these workshops for?

If you are pregnant for the first time or you are pregnant again, these workshops can help you
and your birth partner focus on getting prepared for the birth of your baby.


Client Feedback

“Janine provides outstanding ante- and post-natal support for mums and dads. She is able to provide accurate information and support to empower parents (and parents to be) to make the choices that are right for them. She shares her own experiences without suggesting that her way is the best (or only) way. She creates groups that are genuinely friendly and supportive. Janine has supported me through two pregnancies and births and is supporting me through a third. Four years on, our first ante natal group is still in close contact. Of all the baby ‘essentials’ you are told you must buy, the only truly essential one is being prepared. A good ante natal class (and then post natal group afterwards) is absolutely necessary; Janine really is the best.”

“One of the most important things about Janine’s antenatal class for me was that it was small and informal.”

“If you’re pregnant for the first time or a first time mother, having someone like Janine on your team is just great. Her knowledge of pregnancy, birth and parenthood is superb but it’s not only the depth of her experience and knowledge that make Janine a stand out professional in her field. She has humour, warmth, compassion and honesty and is completely non judgemental which when you are going through one of the biggest upheavals in your life with all of the emotions and fears that that brings up, is invaluable. I would trust Janine with anything, she’s a wonderful, warm and witty woman who offers an excellent service and is just an all round great human being. Some people are born to do a particular vocation and Janine is one of them.”

“Your classes were the ideal way to prepare for labour; they gave me the opportunity to think about my first labour, reflect on what I would like to do differently and to prepare as best I could for the experience. You helped me realise what was important to me and you allowed me to believe that I could cope, after a few years of feeling I hadn’t coped the first time round. You gave me the confidence to have the birth I wanted and whilst in the pool at home I counted through my contractions and focused on blowing my bubbles. I would highly recommend the classes to second time mums, they give you chance to chill, reflect, get you in the zone and in my case take control back!”

“You have made a huge difference to my confidence about birth and parenting which I why I came back for more second time round. And you’re spot on about informing and empowering…”

“You made such a difference to me – I felt to calm and ready for labour and I got the type of labour and delivery I wanted. Thank you. I recommend you to everyone I talk to!”


If you have any queries about how I can help you prepare for the birth of your baby, please get in touch…

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About Janine 664 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.

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