In this book, Jenny Smith takes readers by the hand through every stage of pregnancy, labour, birth and the first six weeks of their baby’s life. She encourages mums-to-be to approach birth with a positive, confident mindset and to be prepared for every eventuality - even if things don't go according to plan. You will also find out about the NHS system and how you can make it work best for you - including the choices available and a who's who of antenatal care. Armed with this insider knowledge, you will learn precisely what you can do to help yourself during each trimester so that you feel calm and able to deal with every eventuality. With a section devoted entirely to your birth, you will know what is going on at every stage - from the first signs of labour to holding your baby for the first time. Jenny's reassuring voice and broad-ranging practical advice make this book very special indeed. Using case studies and tried-and-tested mental preparation techniques, you will also learn how to train your mind to overcome any fears and feel prepared every step of the way. This book is for every pregnant woman who wants to feel confident about the biggest event of her life
Jenny Smith has been a midwife for almost three decades, during which time she has delivered somewhere in the region of 1000 babies. She is currently Senior Midwife at leading maternity hospital Queen Charlotte’s in London. Passionate about her work, she has a devoted following and has won awards for her pioneering work with water births. Her specialized fields include high-risk pregnancies and deliveries. She has four children.