My name is Jana Phillips. I've grown up and continue to live in north west London, in amongst stints living in Bologna, New York, San Francisco and slightly-less-exotic Nottingham.
Prior to having my kids, I was a professional project manager; developing arts programmes and delivering participatory workshops in schools, museums, galleries and hospitals.
Since having my two sweet daughters, Emilia and Freya, I have become passionate about the world of pregnancy, birth and parenting. This began as an interest in seeking out as many positive representations of birth as I could, continued on to supporting friends and family through their own pregnancies and births, and - most recently - saw me undertaking a hypnobirthing practitioner course to become a fully-qualified antenatal educator.
That said, I have plenty of other interests: I am a keen long-distance bike tourer, wild swimmer and cake eater. A voracious reader (when I can find the time) and a massive fan of participatory art.
My birth stories
I grew up in NW3 and NW6 and I have brought up both my children here. This means that I have a great deal of knowledge about the classes, activities, baby-friendly cafes, playgrounds and parks that abound! I am always happy to share this information with you and provide advice about what’s going on for babies, toddlers and young children. The other reason that I try to offer classes on a very local basis, is that I know firsthand the value of having other friends, who live nearby, with similarly-aged children. I hope that through your hypnobirthing course (and the other services that I offer), you will gain knowledge about pregnancy, labour and childbirth whilst also making good friends who will support you through the ups and downs of parenting.
I also know about the hospitals and pre- and post-natal resources in this area. I can help you to navigate the system and provide information about the local options for where to have your baby and how to access support once your baby has arrived.
I have a welcoming home in NW6, where I host some sessions. I also offer group classes in venues around Hampstead, West Hampstead and Swiss Cottage. I can also come to you for private sessions or - if you wish to gather together a few expectant couples - I can run a bespoke group course at the venue of your choosing.