Antenatal Preparation for Labour and Birth

Congratulations on your pregnancy! I provide one to one private preparation for labour and birth sessions to enable women and their birth partners to confidently prepare for labour, birth and the early days with a new baby. The sessions can be held in the comfort of your own home or at centre in Bury St Edmunds, at a time that is convenient for you. My whole approach is to focus on you as an individual and I aim to support you to gain the information and skills that you need in order for you to make informed choices. I have always had an interest in supporting women to make informed choices and have a positive birth experience. Each Sessions lasts approximately 2 hours, but they can be flexible, according to what you feel you need. The topics we can cover might include the following:

  • Debrief and discussion about any previous experiences that you have had during labour and birth in the past. We all need to be listened to and cared for.
  • Discussion about your options with regard to where to give birth to your baby, including the benefits and disadvantages of each option.
  • A discussion about the physiological process of normal labour and birth – what is happening in your body during the rhythms of natural labour.
  • How to recognise the signs of labour and when to go into hospital or ask the Midwife to come to your home if you are planning a home birth.
  • What to take with you to hospital. What to get ready if you are planning for a home birth.
  • Self help strategies and approaches during the early stages of labour.
  • How your birth partner, if present, can best support you during your labour.
  • Strategies to help birth partners recognise and manage stress that they might experience during your labour and birth.
  • Comfort measures, practical skills and strategies to help you manage labour and birth without the use of pain relief medications.
  • Discussion about the hormones of natural labour and birth.
  • A discussion about what pain relief medications are available during labour and birth including their effects and side effects.
  • What happens if help is needed during labour – Ventouse, Forceps and Caesarean section.
  • A discussion about the birth of your placenta including physiological management or active management of this process, including the advantages and disadvantages of both approaches.
  • Meeting your baby for the first time, including information about the microbiome, skin to skin contact, breast feeding and your options regarding the administration of Vitamin K.
  • Developing a birth preferences / birth plan for use during your labour.