ANTENATAL CLASSES

WHY CHOOSE US

We’re not stuck in the dark ages, using old-fashioned ideas and teaching you much of what you already know. Our emphasis is on the practical, and our teachers draw on the very latest evidence-based research. As well as covering all aspects of labour and birth, we address those crucial early days and weeks of parenthood, including plenty of practical tips and advice on how to care for your newborn.

Whether you’d like a home birth, water birth, epidural or c-section, our course is the place for you. We aim to prepare people for any eventuality in labour and to inspire them to feel great about themselves whatever type of birth they end up having, and whatever style of parenting they choose.

We believe baby first aid is one of the most important things you can learn as an expectant parent so, unlike most other antenatal courses, we’ve included it for no extra cost. Practice resuscitation skills on our specially designed mannequins and leave feeling confident you’ll know how to cope in a crisis.

Our friendly and supportive experts are more than happy to answer your questions or talk you through any concerns you may be having after the course has finished and during your first few months with your new baby.

Included in the course package is The Bumplet – our carefully written guide to having a baby. Slicing through the overwhelm of information on the internet, The Bumplet addresses essential things to know about becoming a parent and includes useful links for further reading. Entirely mobile friendly and easy to digest, you can pull it up on your device or print it out for note scribbling – it’s the perfect accompaniment to our classes and a brilliant resource for the months that follow.

We are extremely proud of our carefully selected team of experts. Not only do they have the highest level of qualifications and experience, they are engaging, inspiring and, without a doubt, amongst the most well-loved antenatal experts in London.

SOCIAL STUFF

We are big on the social side of things, so included in our course package is an indulgent tea soon after the course has finished – a final hurrah before the babies arrive! To keep things intimate, the tea is usually just for the girls and any partners who are planning to be off work during the early months with their baby. The other partners have their own opportunity to get to know each other during the second half of the infant feeding session, when they can disappear to the local pub. And a highlight of every course is the fabulous reunion for everyone once all of the babies have arrived!

Having friends who live locally with babies the same age can be invaluable during the early days of parenthood, as well as for many years to come. We make sure everyone’s due dates are around the same time to ensure companionship and support when it counts, and of course a ready-made group of buddies for your babies! A group contact list is sent out shortly before the course starts, a WhatsApp group gets going pretty soon after that and the rest is history!

Sign up to our antenatal classes and you’ll be entitled to an enormous £50 discount on our hugely popular Hypnobirthing Course.

Our course is comprehensive and tailored to the interests of each group. Due to the interactive nature of the classes, the content can vary slightly, so the list below is a guide to the topics we cover:
 

Labour, Birth and Baby-care:
– Final stages of pregnancy and getting ready for birth
– Early signs of labour and coping at home
– When to call the midwives/come to the maternity unit
– Coping with labour: natural strategies and different types of pain-relief medication
– Birth partner’s role in labour
– Straightforward birth
– Induction of labour
– Ventouse and forceps delivery
– Caesarean birth
– Home birth
– What happens immediately after birth
– Going home and the early weeks with your baby/babies
– Practical skills – nappy changing, bathing, swaddling, umbilical cord care and more…
– How to deal with a crying baby
– How to encourage a good sleeping and feeding pattern
– Postpartum healing – how to deal with stitches and sore perineums.
– Your emotional health

 

Breastfeeding and bottle feeding:
– Getting started
– Establishing a good milk supply
– Positioning and technique
– Recognizing your baby’s/babies feeding cues
– How to encourage a good sleeping and feeding pattern
– How to tell if your baby/babies is/are getting enough milk
– How to manage common breastfeeding problems
– When to seek advice
– Expressing milk
– bottle and formula feeding

 

Baby first aid:
– What to do if your baby/babies is/are unconscious, not breathing or choking
– Includes hands-on practice with resuscitation mannequins

WHO TO BRING

The course is for you and your partner or birth partner. You are extremely welcome to come alone or with a friend or relative.

WHO’LL BE THERE

We can take a maximum of 10 couples per course and groups are arranged so everyone’s due dates are roughly within 4 weeks of each other

THE COST

The total price of the course is £250 per couple.