Let us introduce ourselves...
Hi, I’m Caroline, mum of two daughters and a baby son. I have been a secondary school teacher for much of my career which I have very much enjoyed. However, since having my two daughters I became more and more interested in antenatal education. I had two very different birth experiences myself which really got my thinking about how feeling prepared and in control of your pregnancy and the upcoming birth can have such a positive impact on the birth itself.
I subsequently trained as a Hypnobirthing teacher with KG Hypnobirthing, a course which is fully accredited by the Royal College of Midwives. I love the ethos behind Hypnobirthing as it releases any fear surrounding birth, emphasises relaxation and puts the parents fully in control. I believe that any prospective parents should feel in complete control of the amazing journey they are taking and I feel very lucky to be able to take a small part of that journey with them and to be able help them to make it just right for them.
I feel very fortunate to work alongside Julia who has the clinical experience to complement my teaching background and feel that we make a great team! We want to provide you with the facts in a fun and informal environment whilst giving you chance to chat with other expectant parents. We look forward to meeting you!
Hi, I’m Julia. First and foremost, I am a Mummy to a super (ish!) 8 year old girl, Libby! I am also a registered and practicing Nurse and a Midwife. In my early Nursing career I worked with families during early pregnancy. As a Midwife I worked on the labour ward and in the maternity operating theatre. Latterly I have worked in research that explored how to make sure patients were safe and had a good experience when receiving NHS care. My current job involves making sure that healthcare services in Leeds are good quality, this includes maternity services.
I am passionate about choice in birth and parenting. Having supported hundreds of families to give birth to their babies, I firmly believe that there is no ‘right’ way to have and care for a baby; there is only the right birth on the day and the right way for you. I am a committed advocate for parents and want to make sure parents to be have a great experience of pregnancy and birth and make a happy transition to parenthood.
I want to use my skills and experiences to support parents-to-be to explore all of the information available to them and understand different sources of knowledge. I love to support parents to be well informed and confident to make birth and parenting decisions.
Finally, giving birth is only the start! Caroline and I are determined to offer new parents the support they need after their baby is born. We work hard to make sure that friendships with other parents grow so you can support each other through the highs and lows of early parenthood and everything in between!