Hello welcome to Best Birth and thank you for taking the time to look at my website. My name is Anna and I live in Aberdeen with my hubby Simon and our three children. I have two at university and the youngest in senior phase at secondary school - not sure where the time went! Having qualified as a midwife in 1995 I have a lot of professional experience around childbirth and have supported numerous couples throughout their childbirth journey. I also have a teaching qualification and I am a Nurse Teacher with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). This experience is invaluable of course but what I have learnt over the years is that it's not so much about the professional it's about the personal. Every parent experiences pregnancy, childbirth and parenthood in their own unique way. Obviously there are common themes, hopes, excitement and fears that are felt by lots of people, but everyone experiences them differently. Personally I have known the heartbreak of pregnancy loss, the stress of delayed conception and the overwhelming joy of birth. At each point I have experienced a wide range of different and often conflicting emotions and I’m sure my hubby would say the same.
Both personally and professionally my life is moving in an exciting new direction. Currently I’m studying at Masters level to be a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (Health Visitor) and this has provided me with a wonderful opportunity to learn and develop. My professional practice now focuses on Infant mental health, child development and well-being and supporting parents in their transition to parenthood. By giving parents the 'heads-up' they are much better prepared for life with a new baby and this helps them to give their little ones the best possible start in life.
What I know to be true for every woman preparing for childbirth is, regardless of how they birth their babies and the circumstances surrounding the birth, being emotionally in control is the key to how they experience it. Having the tools to remain calm, relaxed and emotionally in control enables women to have a positive birth experience regardless of any change or deviation from their ideal. Imagine being able to step into a birthing pool in your mind even if the actual pool isn’t available. Imagine being able to listen to your partner's voice even if they weren’t in the room with you. Imagine you and your birth partner being completely in sync as you work together in your unique birth experience.
But it shouldn't just be all about the birth because in many ways that's the easy bit! "What?!" I hear you cry but time and time again I hear new parents say "I wish I'd know about this before we had the baby" or "What we really needed was a baby preparation class" and so that’s why I’ve created The Cave Baby. A class which covers everything expectant parents need to know about their baby in advance – in short a survival guide for new parents. Topics covered include: instinctive new born behaviours, attachment & brain development, normal infant sleep, coping with crying, myth busting, postnatal advice and so much more!
What I hope to achieve with the classes I provide at Best Birth is a service that gives parents tools for birth and tools for life - and at the moment we need that more than ever! Please get in touch if you have any questions - I'm really looking forward to hearing from you.