We invited a range of midwives, doctors and maternity specialists to help us establish a robust, evidence-based antenatal class programme that uses best-practice information given by the Department of Health, NICE guidelines and the World Health Organisation. In addition, they were able to give practical information gathered from their many years experience supporting women and their partners through pregnancy, birth and the early days of parenthood.
Our antenatal class programme consists of six teaching sessions in five weeks before your baby is born, and a postnatal reunion which is organised by your course leader when all the babies have arrived. At each class you’ll be given a course handbook and relevant handouts for the session.
Birth partners play an important role in supporting you during labour – we therefore advise that your birth partner attends the antenatal classes with you, whether it’s the Dad, a relative or friend. Our course fee includes your birth partner, there are no extra costs. Find out more about the role of the birth partner here.
Session one: Understanding your third trimester (two hours)
- Preparing your home life for the big day
- Choosing the best place to have your baby
- Communicating your birth preferences effectively via a birth plan
- When to contact your health professional
Session two: Labour: all your questions answered (four hours)
- Practical tips to help with a long latent phase
- Understanding the three stages of labour
- Managing your pain naturally or with medication
- Top tips that will help you be a great birth partner
Session three: Planning for the unexpected (two hours)
- Understanding the induction process
- Coping strategies for a caesarean or instrumental birth
- Tips on having a positive birth experience even when things don’t go to plan
- Birth debrief – the benefits of speaking to your labour team
Session four: Feeding your baby (two hours)
- Top tips for breastfeeding
- Managing common feeding problems effectively
- Expressing and formula feeding safely
- The role of your support network in a positive feeding experience
Session five: Life changes with a baby (two hours)
- Preparing for the individual life changes
- Relationship changes: partners, family and friends
- Managing your mental health and wellbeing
- Practical coping and communication strategies
Session six: Caring for your newborn (two hours)
- Nappy care and keeping your baby clean
- Responding to the needs of your newborn
- Why babies cry, and how to cope
- Signs of a healthy baby, safe sleep and SIDS prevention
Reunion: Your new life, the early days (two hours)
- Meet the babies!
- Your questions answered
We believe you and your birth partner should have access to midwife-led care, to support you through the latter stages of your pregnancy, birth and the early days of parenting. That is why all our course leaders are registered midwives.
Your course leader will set up and manage a dedicated Facebook group for you and the other mums and dads in your antenatal class. They will be available to answer any questions you might have – and refer you to other specialists, if need be – for the duration of your time with us. You will be able to contact them via the Facebook group, or privately by email – whichever suits your needs from session one up to the reunion!