your birth resource

My best tips, information, resources, guides, planning and preparation for a safe, empowering, natural birth.  Receive handouts direct to your inbox throughout your pregnancy.

All packages include pregnancy and birthing resources.  The content will vary according to your needs: for example, I know you don't want to know about homebirth if you're not planning one; you don't need to learn about twins if you're having one baby, and so on.

Tell me about you, your pregnancy and your plans for your birth, and receive a tailored package, with information based on your unique needs, wishes and expectations for your pregnancy.  In my private practice, each woman received her very own tailored and comprehensive package (because no two women are the same); now you can, too.

Each of the three packages includes pregnancy resources.  They are written documents, mostly in pdf (a few in word), designed to empower, reassure, assist and support you through pregnancy, birth and the initial weeks with your new baby.

Before we start, I would like to learn as much as possible about you, to ensure that your Package delivers the best information and resources to you.

When you purchase your Package, you'll receive a link to a brief online form where you can tell me what you need from your Package, so that I can tailor your Package to your needs.  Once I receive your form, you'll start to receive resources.  The first resources you receive will cover pregnancy, and you'll receive them within a few days of ordering your Package.  You'll receive further resources at around 20 weeks of your pregnancy, as you start to consider labour and birthing options.  Your final resources arrive at around 30 weeks, as your attention moves towards caring for your new baby.

It's absolutely possible to upgrade your Package at any time.  Just let me know.

The sorts of resources you receive will vary according to your needs.  The sorts of things we may cover include:

Early pregnancy

  • Antenatal (pregnancy) care: what’s it all about?
  • Choosing a model of care and a birth place
  • Birth statistics (that might surprise you!)
  • Recommended reading list
  • Nutrition, including tools and assessments you can use on your own
  • Maternity care providers: their roles and why they may become involved
  • Continuity of care: the new buzz word, but what exactly does it mean and is it helpful?
  • Managing discomforts in pregnancy, including numerous tips and tricks for keeping morning sickness under control

Baby

  • Early days with a new baby: what to expect
  • Breastfeeding, including assessments you can do by yourself and feeding charts to make it oh-so-easy
  • Expressing milk for your baby
  • Exercises after baby arrives
  • How to know if you or your baby may be unwell – and what to do
  • Tongue and lip ties and what you can do about them

Labour and birth

  • Best ways of managing the sensations of labour
  • Breech birth: what are your options?
  • A guide to support in labour
  • Medical pain relief options
  • Monitoring your baby in labour: what are your options?
  • Labour and birth
  • How to manage your labour naturally: learn what is really needed to labour and birth well, under your own steam
  • Twin birth
  • Birth planning: know what options you have
  • Birth preparation: mental and emotional preparation for birthing
  • Homebirth
  • Vaginal birth after a previous caesarean (yes, it is possible!)
  • Communicating with your care providers: an approach that helps you negotiate the care you want
  • Tips and pointers for your partner so that they can support you best
  • Birth trauma
  • Caesarean section, including how to plan for a positive one
  • How to minimise the chance of tearing: I’ll teach you an extremely effective three-pronged approach to minimising tearing.  It works!
  • Preparing the baby’s siblings for the arrival of their new brother / sister