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Antenatal teacher celebrates 150 births

Nina Killen set up the class two years ago

Nina's antenatal class

An antenatal teacher is celebrating after helping 150 mums prepare for the birth of their baby.

Nina Killen started delivering her classes in April 2012 and hasn’t looked back.

The yoga-based classes in Ormskirk have helped 150 women get ready for birth through breathing exercises, yoga movements and relaxation – and another 20 are attending the weekly classes right now as they prepare for the big day.

Nina, 36, said: "When I had my  twins in 2008, I found that my old job as a journalist didn't fit round the children so well. I was looking for something else and I had a real passion for childbirth and supporting others to have positive birth experiences, after having had a good experience giving birth to the twins.

“Two years later my third child was born at home and, while on maternity leave with him, I trained as a breastfeeding peer supporter and a doula.

"I love teaching the class and I know the mums-to-be get a lot of it too. My first class had three women in it and now I am teaching 15 to 20 each time.

"Six months after training in birth, I started the baby massage and yoga classes in Burscough and have had dozens of mums and babies coming along.

“It's really about giving women tips and techniques which will help them during birth. It's about teaching women how their bodies work so they can have confidence as they approach birth. We often think of birth as scary but it doesn't have to be that way. Our classes are about staying active during birth to make things quicker and easier.”

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