See below for our group class content. Private antenatal classes can have similar content or be tailored to your needs.
Week 1 (2 hours)
Who are we and who are you? What are we going to get up to in the next few weeks?
The antenatal period
What normally happens? When will I have scans? When will I see my midwife? Will I see a doctor? What are normal movements? When should I be worried? What blood tests will I have?
What's it like? What's normal? When should I call someone? When will my waters break? What are the first, second and third stages? Where should I give birth? What should I bring with me?
Coping with labour
Breathing techniques, coping at home, support from partners, positions.
Week 2 (2 hours)
What's available? What are the positives and negatives?
What are my choices? What shall I write down? What do I need to decide?
When it doesn't go to plan
What If I have to be induced? What's meconium? What if my labour doesn't progress as it should? What if I have to be put on a monitor?
Alternative birth methods
Episiotomies, ventouse, forceps and caesareans.
Will I need stitches? How long will I have to stay?
Week 3 (2 hours)
Less theory and more HOW!?
Why and how!
The balanced argument and how to do it safely.
Including practical demonstrations of how to make up a feed.
Week 4 (2 hours)
What to expect and how to cope
Examples of postnatal rhythms
Possible postnatal equipment
What has worked for me and how to use it
Daily baby care; including practical demonstrations of key skills.
What's out there and why they're great!
What is it, what's normal and what isn't
Week 5 (A little while later) (1 hour or more!)
The catch up!
Meet the new little ones!
How was it? How are you getting on? Is there anything you want to ask us?