Virtual Antenatal Classes

Author interview – Owen Booth
December 5, 2019
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Virtual Antenatal Classes

Coronavirus

Our virtual antenatal classes have been up and running for just over three weeks now and with close to 100 sessions under our belt, we’re well into our stride! Our team are really enjoying the new style of teaching and we can’t quite believe how similar it all feels to running the classes in-person. Our greatest priority when moving onto Zoom was to maintain the social element of the sessions and ensure it was a place where friendships are formed – features like the breakout rooms really allows us to do that and we’ve been blown away by the response so far.

One of the awesome things we’ve noticed is how quickly and enthusiastically Bump & Baby Clubbers are embracing their WhatsApp groups at the moment – people are really keen to connect, perhaps now more than ever before, and ensure they have their local mates (and playdate buddies!) lined up for the day the social distancing restrictions are lifted. What a moment it will be when everyone comes together in-person for the first time with their new babies in their arms!

It has been a transformational few weeks at Bump & Baby Club and we’re so proud of our new course and to be able to continue to help expectant parents during these uncertain and challenging times.

Thank you to everyone who’s taken the time to share their feedback – it’s been so lovely to receive your messages and a fantastic boost to our instructors, many of whom are also currently working on the frontline within the NHS. We’ve shared some of your kind messages here…

‘Hello! I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for our recent antenatal course here in Brighton. But I mainly wanted to commend you on how the Covid-19 situation has been handled. We were only a couple of classes in when the pandemic became as severe as it is now, and the rest of our classes were done virtually, and we are postponing our Gails tea until we can all see each other again. I wasn’t sure how the classes would work virtually, but they were absolutely brilliant. We were kept so informed and supported throughout, and our antenatal teacher- Alexis has just been incredible. I really feel like we haven’t missed out in any way, and felt the whole situation has been managed very professionally and in a very positive way. Our group are all staying in close contact via what’s app, and Alexis has been so fantastic, calming and informative and just lovely! THANK YOU!’

‘We had our virtual Infant Feeding class last night with Chris (we’re on the Cambridge February course). Chris was brilliant and we are so grateful to her and you and the team in light of everything that’s going on for getting these up and running so quickly. Our Bump & Baby experience has been so positive – we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone’

‘The class on Thursday with Cathy was so great and surprisingly personal, warm and fun considering the fact that it was virtual. Thanks so much again for dealing with it so well this in those difficult times.’

‘We absolutely loved our first session with Emilie and are so grateful that it could still go ahead.’

‘Just emailing to say Anna was great last night on Zoom and we thought she was brilliant throughout the course – very lovely and honest which was a great combination. We’d highly recommend her and the group to any our friends.’

‘Hi there, I just wanted to feedback as Emily did great on our class last night in Streatham. She was really personable and managed to make it as interactive as possible. I particularly liked the breakout room that we did so you can break into smaller groups and chat. Thank you for allowing us to continue with some normality over this bizarre unsettling time :)’

‘Hi Fran, Just wanted to send you a quick email to say thank you so much. We found your sessions incredibly useful and informative. No questions were dismissed and you gave really detailed answers, which really helped to reassure us. We were hesitant before the sessions started as to what to expect and whether we would find the information useful or just another opinion to muddle through. We have honestly taken so much from these sessions so can’t thank you enough. Also we thought for your first zoom session last night, it went incredibly well. You clearly have a wealth of knowledge and we will be sure to recommend to friends. Possibly see you in the delivery!’

‘Hi there, Just wanted to say a huge thanks for transferring the class to zoom. Everyone was so lovely and it worked really well. We thought Sharon was great. She was very calm, kept everyone engaged and took us through everything without any judgement or personal opinion, which I’ve come to learn is very important in pregnancy!’

‘Hi Kate, Thank you for the session this evening – even though we were all in our own homes you made it really engaging and enjoyable so thank you!’