I am a Lamaze Childbirth Educator and long standing member of the Maternity Services Liaison Committee for Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire – a working group of parents, midwives, doctors and service commissioners involved in improving and developing local maternity services. My own childbirth experiences made me passionate about helping inform and support women and their partners through pregnancy, birth, and into parenting. I took a Lamaze antenatal class before the birth of my first baby and benefited greatly from the knowledge and practical advice gained. Being informed helped remove my anxieties about the unknown and gave me the confidence to make informed choices and ultimately, resulted in a very fulfilling birth experience. I want to pass that on. Because it’s so important. It’s life changing!