Meet The Teachers

Ann Roberts

Ann Roberts I’m married, mother of four children, aunt to many, and grandmother to two. My four children are grown up, so it has been a pleasure to have had the opportunity to experience pregnancy, labour, birth and early parenting at very close hand with my eldest daughter and her beautiful child Neve; who we look after regularly.

I am delighted to be able to offer independent antenatal education courses through About Birth & Babies, I feel that many areas of Norfolk and North Suffolk need more individual, flexible courses, at affordable prices, than those offered by other organisations. I have lived in South Norfolk for 23 years and know the local area well.

My career as an antenatal teacher started when my fourth baby reached her first birthday, I trained with the NCT and have been facilitating classes for them and About Birth & Babies ever since. I am also an Assessor and Tutor for the NCT and hold their BA in Educational Studies.

It is a privilege and a pleasure to work with parents at this very special time in their lives, I love my work and look forward to many more years of spending time with parents and babies – hoping to help them along in some small way.

Sian Verney

Sian Verney

I qualified as an antenatal teacher with the NCT in 2008 and have been enjoying leading courses regularly for them and for About Birth & Babies ever since. I feel very privileged to have been part of the exciting journey into parenthood with so many couples during this time.

I helped to set up About Birth & Babies in 2014 in response to local demand for more affordable private antenatal classes with fully qualified and experienced teachers.

I’m married to Andy and we have two children; Megan and Cameron, both of whom were born at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital. 

Having experienced challenges when establishing breastfeeding with Megan, I also volunteer as a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter.

Parents regularly express how overwhelmed they feel during pregnancy as they are bombarded with information, particularly via the internet and social media. I aim to help clients to funnel this information by supplying unbiased, evidence-based information so that they feel more confident, reassured and able to make decisions throughout their individual experiences. There is, of course, no right or wrong way to give birth, however, I would like all parents to have a positive birth experience.  

I am an active member of various maternity committees (including the MSLC*) and have long established relationships with birth professionals. I am therefore very familiar with the antenatal and postnatal services available in the area as well as local networks, and am able to signpost to individuals and organisations that can support new parents.

I very much look forward to helping you along the journey to the birth of your baby and beyond.

 

Lauren Birch

Lauren BirchI have been an antenatal teacher for over 6 years now. I trained and taught with the NCT and am now part of this very knowledgeable and supportive group of teachers at About Birth & Babies.

I have three children and found my way into antenatal education after attending classes myself. After a very positive birth experience, I felt passionate about helping other people to feel just as empowered about their birth and time with their newborn babies as I did after taking part in antenatal classes.

I hope clients enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and friendly welcome I try to create. I like to ensure people feel comfortable, to be able to ask any questions they wish to and form (often long lasting) friendships and become part of a supportive group.

I look forward to meeting you and guiding you through the course.

 

Lianne Elliot

Lianne Elliot

I’m Lianne, married and a mother of three boys. I moved to a small village south of Norwich twelve years ago, where I became involved with the local NCT group and quickly decided to train as an antenatal teacher. I enjoy working with parents-to-be and feel privileged being involved, in some small way, on their journey into parenthood. 

There is no ‘one size fits all’ for antenatal education but I aim to make every course fun and informative with the emphasis on networking and making friends. 

Having completed my antenatal teacher training with NCT, I knew I wanted a future working in maternity services and became co-ordinator for the NNUH MSLC* which gave me a valuable and realistic insight to local maternity services. When my sons were older, I decided to take the next step and trained to be a midwife. In 2016, I qualified and am now working locally.

*The MSLC (Maternity Services Liaison Committee) is an independent committee , made up of Users of the service (Mothers, antenatal teachers, breastfeeding supporters), Providers of the service (Midwives, Doctors, Heads of departments), and Purchasers of the service (Clinical Commissioning Group) which meets four times a year at the Hospital to discuss improvement to maternity services. If you would like more information about the MSLC please email me and I can pass your details to the relevant person.