Meet The Teachers

Sian Verney

Sian Verney

I have been facilitating antenatal classes for 13 years having completed the three year ‘gold standard’ antenatal teacher training diploma with the NCT in 2008.

Since then, I have also completed the KGHypnobirthing diploma thus qualifying me to combine hypnobirthing with traditional antenatal education.

Teaching about breastfeeding and providing breastfeeding support is very important to me, having experienced challenges myself when feeding my daughter. I am a registered breastfeeding peer supporter and volunteer with the NHS and have been been privileged to attend the Unicef Breastfeeding Initiative Training Programme.

The Biomechanics for Birth certification allows me to discuss and demonstrate movements to aid an easier birth.

We all need our sleep and one of the biggest concerns about having a new baby is how to cope with sleep deprivation. As an accredited Gentle Sleep Educator, I can provide you with reassurance and strategies around biologically normal sleeping in infants.

As qualified and licensed practitioners, we are required to carry out Continuous Professional Development on an annual basis in order to maintain our Licences to Practice.  As conscientious practitioners, we view this as essential to ensure we remain up to date and provide antenatal education and support that is current and relevant.

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

I feel very honoured to have been part of the exciting journey into parenthood with so many expectant parents during this time.

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

Parents regularly express how overwhelmed they feel as they are bombarded with information, particularly via the internet and social media. I aim to help clients 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 MVP*) 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 supporting you along the journey to the birth of your baby and beyond.

 

Ann Roberts

Ann Roberts

I am married to Neil, mother of four grown up children, aunt to many, and we have recently increased our tally of grandchildren to five. It has been a pleasure to have had the opportunity to experience pregnancy, labour, birth and early parenting at very close hand with my children - they also keep me up to date. 

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 accessible prices, than those offered by other organisations. I have lived in South Norfolk for over 25 years and know the local area well. 

My career as an antenatal teacher started nearly thirty years ago shortly after the birth of my fourth baby. 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 of Antenatal Education and hold a 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 more years of spending time with parents and babies at this exciting time – hoping to help them along in some small way. 

 

*The MVP (Maternity Voices Partnership) 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 improvements in maternity services. If you would like more information about the MVP please email me and I can pass your details to the relevant person.