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A BirthPrep Antenatal Class - What to Expect
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The BirthPrep Programme

This is our unique programme for all our classes which aims to give you information and the confidence to make decisions about your labour and birth. All the classes offer practical preparation for birth and are in small groups with no more than 6 couples/12 people.


What you can expect in a class
 

What is a BirthPrep antenatal class like?  Well, we don’t sit on the floor on cushions or on birthing balls unless someone chooses to bring their own. We don’t practice movement/exercise in the classes or show birth videos and there is no role play. We do teach a programme outlined below depending on the class you choose.
 

Relaxed and informal
 

The atmosphere is informal with breaks for refreshments and chat with other couples. Questions are encouraged throughout the sessions. Our course feedback consistently tells us that our parents feel comfortable to ask anything.
 
On our evening courses, an important part of the course is to get to know other couples and there is a reunion to meet up afterwards with your babies. We have an email group when the sessions are finished so that everyone can share baby news, recommend baby groups and meet up. Even on the One-Day classes couples often swap phone numbers.


Every class a bespoke class

 

Although we follow the BirthPrep Programme we can tailor the classes to the needs of the people there. Sometimes couples come with pregnancy complications and as midwives we can answer questions about what to expect when they go to hospital.  
 

ONE-DAY ANTENATAL CLASSES

One day classes are great for busy people. Not everyone can manage long courses. They are also a good refresher course if you've had children before. If you attended an NHS antenatal class but still have questions then this class is ideal for you. The day starts at 10am. and finishes at 4pm. You can attend these classes at any time during your pregnancy.  The day's programme includes the following:
 

 Morning session 

  • The process of labour and birth including coping strategies to help with the pain and when to use them. 
  • We discuss all forms of pain relief: breathing, relaxation, water, hypnobirthing, gas & air, Pethidine (and other drugs) and Epidurals. 
  • Early labour at home, when to go to hospital or contact your midwife, birth partner role, use of the birthing ball.  
  • What happens when you go to hospital and what to take with you. 
  • Active birth - how to increase your chances of having a normal birth. 
  • How to support your partner.
  • Positions for labour and birth.

 Afternoon session 

  • Labour and birth that is not straightforward and what happens including induction, forceps, ventouse and caesarian section. 
  • What happens immediately after the baby is born
  • Baby essentials 
  • What to expect in the early days with your baby 
  • Getting started with feeding
  • Newborn care. How to hold, bath and change your baby - everyone can have a go (not with a real baby)
  • Signs of a well baby and safe sleeping
  • People who can support you 

ANTENATAL COURSES

These are run as a course of consecutive weekly evening sessions and are ideal for those who want to get to know others expecting a baby around the same time. The best time to start the classes is around 29-33 weeks of pregnancy so that you have finished the course by the 37th week. They naturally help to build lasting friendships and to foster this a postnatal reunion is arranged for a few weeks after the last baby is born. 

Week 1
The process of labour including coping strategies to help with the pain and when to use them. We discuss all forms of pain relief: breathing, relaxation, water, hypnobirthing, gas & air, Pethidine (and other drugs) and Epidurals. Early labour at home, when to go to hospital or contact your midwife, birth partner role, use of the birthing ball.  What happens when you go to hospital and what to take with you. Active birth - how to increase your chances of having a normal birth. Positions for labour and birth.

Week 2

The process of birth. This is a continuation of week 1 and includes positions for birth.  The baby at birth. Birth Partner role. In this session we cover labour and birth that is not straightforward and what happens including induction, forceps, ventouse and caesarian section. Help with writing down birth preferences. 

Week 3
Feeding your baby. Getting ready for becoming a new family. What to expect physically and emotionally. Safe Sleeping.     

Week 4

What you need for your baby. Newborn care. How to hold, bath and change your baby - everyone can have a go (not with a real baby). Sleeping. Your Midwife and Health Visitor. Going home with your baby and the first weeks.

 

 
   
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