If you’re a regular visitor to Standard Issue, you won’t need telling that we’re lucky enough to have a cracking team of contributors who we love dearly. We thought it was about time we let them introduce themselves properly. Here’s Janine Rudin to say hello.
Name: Janine Rudin
Location: North Shields, near Newcastle.
Official job title: Antenatal teacher, postnatal group leader and doula.
What was the first thing you wanted to be? A journalist – I started writing articles on my typewriter in my bedroom when I was about eight and I had dreams of working in a newsroom in that fancy London.
When did you know you wanted to be what you are now? After the birth of my first baby in 2001 I knew I wanted a change from journalism and I became fascinated by birth so I started to retrain as an antenatal teacher.
What’s your strongest memory from school/education? Feeling like I didn’t fit in. I pretty much hated school, I felt inadequate, fat and uncool and I couldn’t wait to leave.
When you’re not working, what else do you like to do? I’m very dull – I just want to be with my family, with my mates or, when I really need it, to be by myself.
What has been your proudest creative moment to date? I probably sound like a knob but creating my children. After that everything in my life felt right.
What was your favourite day at work? It was a day when I was questioning where my little business was going and a new mum came into my centre in tears. She was in need of tea, a hug, some reassurance and someone to listen. She left feeling much better and I was left feeling more determined than ever to continue to provide this support for parents.
What would you like to erase from your past? Absolutely nothing – I don’t believe in regrets; everything I have experienced has made me who I am.
What brings you the most joy? My kids and, occasionally, gin.
What makes you angry? Injustice, poverty, the Establishment and Donald Trump.
Professionally, who has been your biggest inspiration? Sheila Kitzinger. I was reading her books long before I had kids due to a job on a baby magazine and her philosophy made sense to me even then.
Have you ever met someone who made you go weak at the knees? Gary Oldman: a long time ago in London he asked me for the time. Fairly sure I just stared at him with my mouth open.
What advice would you give a woman who wants a career like yours? Find your specialism, know your stuff, be passionate and care.
How do you define success? Happiness.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever had? Follow your instincts.
What’s your favourite photograph of yourself? This is the only picture of me with all three of my children – my son Jamie died the next day.
Who can’t you live without? My family – although a break for a couple of days every now and then is awesome!
What can’t you live without? My bloody laptop and some good hand cream.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? My kids – I am ridiculously proud of them.
Who is your favourite person? The husband – he’s been part of my life since I was about 18.
Who’s your favourite animal? Cleo(catra) is two and we’ve had her from eight weeks old. She plays, cuddles and she talks when she wants something. She doesn’t like the world outside the house; she’s far too gentle for that nonsense.
Which song could be used to soundtrack your life so far? Perfect Day – it has always kept me focused on what’s important.
Which question would you have liked to have answered in this questionnaire, but weren’t asked? What film has been an inspiration to you?
Janine Rudin specialises in providing one-to-one birth prep for pregnant women who need general practical information or support, as well as with specific issues such as birth anxiety, birth after loss, giving birth again, birth debrief, caesarean and being induced.2937 Views