to our antenatal and postnatal services

A little bit about Sandra Barrett...

Personal, passionate, independent and local

I am an antenatal and postnatal teacher. All of our one to one and group courses are designed to give you knowledge, build confidence and prepare you for the arrival of your new baby as well as supporting you in the early weeks and months of parenthood. 

Our one to one courses are specifically designed to meet your personal needs at home.

For thirteen years I was a practicing Health Visitor in the NHS, and have gained wide ranging experience in supporting families during pregnancy and after baby is born and beyond.

As an Infant Feeding Co-ordinator for six years, I have a passion and extensive knowledge on feeding infants and a wide experience supporting families at home who choose to breastfeed.

I am trained in the delivery of antenatal and postnatal courses using the Solihull Approach to parenting and I am a trained infant massage and baby yoga teacher, delivering courses both at home and in a group setting.

Using the Solihull approach bump2toddler aims to:

  • Support you to build a positive and responsive relationship with your baby before birth and in the months and years to follow

  • Promote your understanding of child behaviour within the context of their development

  • Increase your, and your child’s confidence and self esteem

  • Promote reflective, sensitive and effective parenting

  • Give you strategies for repair to maintain a positive and responsive relationship with your child

Feedback and Recommendations:

"A wonderfully informal but structured approach to our exciting but scary birthing day. The physical and emotional aspects of delivery and having an addition to the family were covered, and Sandra gave my husband and I lots of time to manage our feelings about delivery and our expanding family. Would highly recommend."
"More confident about caring for baby and less anxious about the birth"
"Really enjoyed the sessions and feel more confident about baby's arrival!"

"My little boy is 11 weeks old and is EBF however our journey hasn't been without its hurdles. After having two milk blisters and experiencing my second nasty case of Mastitis I was ready to give up. Ready to stop feeding my precious boy and felt so guilty that I was being robbed of our special time. That was until I found Sandra! She went over all aspects of our feeding- from positioning to the anatomy and breastfeeding process and stages. Due to my session with Sandra I now feel able to continue our journey and I know that it will only end when me and my little boy are ready. I cannot thank you enough for the empowerment I feel - you've allowed us to continue making our wonderful milkies memories. Thank you :-)"

"Well it think sometimes when it's all new and the baby is crying all the time (and you're sleep deprived) it's quite easy to feel a little worked up about it and you question what is it your doing wrong, what is the matter etc etc ...and really when your doing is thinking from your frontal lobe and you don't realise that it isn't developed for them...like I never appreciated that at all...and then when she started crying and I realised that me cuddling her wasn't only soothing her it was also making her brain develop the connections it actually made it feel (not enjoyable) but like i was doing more than just soothing her crying,..like it all had a point! And in middle of the night it just made it more bearable! Keeps me sane xx Thank you."

"Sandra, a retired Health Visitor, was brilliant. She was engaging, relevant and non judgemental. She presented us with the facts weighing up the pros and cons. We feel much more confident and well equipped to deal with the birth and the early years of our little boy's life."

"I loved the baby massage. It was so relaxing and helped to give me and baby some one on one time away from the busy of day to day life. I learned skills I could also teach my husband so he can do the massage after bath time which helps him and baby have some quality time too. I also enjoyed the informal chat and cuppa after. It's always so nice to talk to other mums, as being a mum can be quite a scary time so hearing reassurance from other mums is priceless. I would definitely recommend baby massage to everyone."

"My daughter and I attended the infant massage in November and really enjoyed it. Sandra created a warm, relaxing and welcoming environment. The room was set out with sensory toys - a brilliant added extra that I wasn't expecting. Each week we learnt new massage techniques (and nursery rhymes!) and built upon the ones from before. I now feel confident enough to complete the massage at home"

"We've had a great experience so far as a result of being so well informed so thank you."

Antenatal Services
  • Journey to parenthood one to one antenatal course at home 

  • Journey to parenthood 4 week antenatal course

  • Journey to parenthood weekend antenatal course

  • Hypnobirthing course - coming soon.... 

  • Essential workshop – You, your baby and the stages of labour

  • Essential workshop - Feeding your baby 

  • North Tyneside Pandas peer support group

Postnatal Services
  • bump2toddler breastfeeding one2one support in your own home 

  • Understanding your baby, 6 week postnatal group or one2one home courses 

  • Understanding your baby, 4 week postnatal group or one2one home courses

  • Understanding your baby, introducing solids group or one2one home workshops

  • bump2toddler infant massage group and one2one/group home courses

  • bump2toddler baby yoga group and one2one/group home courses

  • North Tyneside Pandas peer support group