Hello, it's Zana (website and Birthing with Confidence owner) here. I wanted to clarify how we're working and what we can still offer you during these "different" times as we all make adjustments due to Coronavirus.
Firstly, I and my colleague, Barbara, are still here for you! Our mission remains the same - to help you feel better about birth and skilled to deal with it. We want to help you prepare for the most positive birth experience possible, wherever and however it happens on the day.
We are available to work privately with you and your birth partner, online or in person if we can do so with Covid-safety in mind and in practice. Our focus is currently on private 1-1 sessions (not groups for now) so you will be able to learn lots, ask questions, work out what you can do to help yourself, receive information and support. You will be able to tap into our decades of experience, knowledge and professional practice knowing that you're in safe, capable hands.
We understand that being pregnant right now may not feel easy. Even before the pandemic began you might have had occasional (or even frequent) worries about the process of giving birth and becoming a parent. Now - well, it doesn't need saying, does it? There are so many additional emotions in the air and at times they might feel somewhat overwhelming. Preparing to welcome a new baby into your family has always come with a rich mixture of emotions... joy, anxiety, worry, excitement, anticipation, comfort, love, pride... and lots more besides! Navigating all the rules, restrictions and implications connected with Coronavirus adds a whole other layer of feelings.
Humans need to feel safe in order to thrive and survive. It's a basic need. Mammals (and that includes pregnant women) need to feel safe in order to labour well. It's an ancient and instinctive mechanism, which is actually designed really well so that babies are born into a safe environment and have the best chance of a long, healthy life. It's not always easy at the best of times to feel calm and safe when you're pregnant. When you book antenatal classes with us one of our main aims is to help you feel calmer, more confident and to enable you to learn and practice skills to give you a sense of control during worrying times.
We understand that it's not always easy to feel strong, positive, calm and confident. (We're human too and we've each had to navigate life's challenges from time to time, so we know what it's like!) We think with our robust professional qualifications, our shed-loads of experience working with new parents, and our not inconsiderable encounters with various challenges of our own in life, we are uniquely placed to help you feel better about birth. We can help you to reframe things, refocus, put your energy into what you can control and let go of what you can't. We can help you work out ways to give yourself a break, to find some sanctuary from any stress and worry. We can help you work out what you want and how to achieve it. We can help you feel calmer, more confident and skilled. Your baby is still going to be born, whatever else is going on in the world, and we really want you to have the most positive experience of pregnancy, birth and becoming a parent as possible.
There's a summary of our antenatal classes and related services on the home page, where you can also click through to further information. In a nutshell you can choose from in-person (if safe to do so) or online private 1-1 classes for you and your birth partner as follows:
1-day WOW! Hypnobirthing course. Our own independent bespoke course, including our own audio downloads to practise with and course materials. Book with Zana or Barbara.
Antenatal class sessions of two, three or four hours to suit you. Totally tailored to your needs covering your choice of topics whether pregnancy, labour, birth or early days with your newborn. Book with Zana.
Breathing & relaxation workshop, aimed at labour but also useful life skills! 2 hours dedicated to theory and practice so you feel more confident and skilled. Book with Zana.
Hypnobirthing audio downloads: Zana's are available to buy separately from her hypnobirthing course.
Counselling if you need some extra support on a longer-term basis. Zana is a qualified and accredited counsellor.
Hypnotherapy. Great for overcoming fears and phobias and to assist you in forming more healthy choices. Barbara is a qualified hypnotherapist.
If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch via our Contact page.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) issued some FAQs for pregnant women and their partners which they have been regularly updating. Click here to go to the RCOG website information.
In addition, RCOG and RCM (Royal College of Midwives) issued a joint statement acknowledging the benefits of a labouring woman having a birth partner with her. Therefore all women should be able to have one birth partner with them while they're in established labour, as long as that birth partner shows no symptoms of Covid-19. Generally birth partners need to stay in the room and won't be able to wander around, so do make sure you've packed plenty of food and drink supplies. If women agree to induction of labour for any reason, it is unlikely that they will be able to have a birth partner with them until they are in established labour and are moved into a birth room (so when they're no longer on a ward).