**COVID-19 update: We are running all of our group classes on Zoom, in keeping with Government social distancing guidance. For more information visit our FAQs page or get in touch with any questions.**
Our antenatal class programme consists of seven teaching sessions before your baby is born, and a postnatal reunion which is organised by your course leader when all the babies have arrived. We are also the only antenatal class provider in Bristol and Bath to offer a baby first aid class within our course programme. This is an optional extra and you can even invite other caregivers, such as grandparents to attend.
Alongside the classes we have a digital learning platform, with weekly class downloads, videos and extra reading. Plus, as a classes customer you get a 10% discount in our online shop newlife.style.
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 your partner (mum or 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.
When writing our course programme, we invited a range of midwives, doctors and private specialists to help us establish a robust, evidence-based set of classes that take a practical look at 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.
We also spoke to lots of parents about what they wish they had been told before their babies arrived – and incorporated lots of their answers into our programme.
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: Early labour and coping strategies (two hours)
- Practical tips to help with a long latent phase
- Managing your pain naturally or with medication
- Top tips that will help you be a great birth partner
Session three: What to expect in established labour (two hours)
- What to expect in each stage of labour: your body, your care and the birth partners role
- The first few hours with your baby
- Types of monitoring you may be offered during labour (for mum and baby)
Session four: 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 five: 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 six: 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 seven: 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
Optional Session: Baby first aid (two hours)
This session is delivered in partnership with The Healthy Child Co. and offers a practical baby and child first aid course for parents, and caregivers from your wider community. The class costs £20 per person and will cover:
- CPR – for baby and child
- Choking – including common causes
- Bumps, burns, bleeding and breaks
- Poisoning – including common household products
- Febrile seizures
- Meningitis awareness
Digital Programme Update:
- The classes will still be taught LIVE by one of our frontline NHS midwives!
- The groups will still be split by location, so you can meet other parents in your local area.
- SEE and CHAT to the other members of your group during the class.
- Enjoy small group discussions and social get-togethers in our virtual breakout rooms.
- 30 minutes social time before class starts in the breakout rooms
- As much social time as you and your group want after teaching finishes, in the breakout rooms
- Sessions will be recorded for your group (only) to access at a later date – or if you miss a session for any reason.
- Access to our weekly New Life virtual coffee mornings
Reunion: Your new life, the early days (two hours)
- During the COVID-19 shutdown, we will hold virtual reunions. As soon as restrictions are released, and it is safe to meet up in person we will also organise a proper reunion (party)!
- Meet the babies!
- Hear your birth stories (if you want to share)
- Any 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 private WhatsApp 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 WhatsApp group, or privately by email – whichever suits your needs from session one up to the reunion!
Digital learning platform
We pack a lot into our classes – but there is still so much to learn about birth and becoming a parent. Finding good quality information online can be a bit of a minefield, so we have created a digital learning platform to help!
The platform mirrors your group classes, each session has content relevant to what was taught that week. Content includes:
- Videos watched in class
- Course handbook and lesson downloads
- Checklists and templates for pregnancy, labour and parenting topics
- Articles and bonus videos on topics covered in class
- Links to useful organisations for additional support, where appropriate