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Classes

Guiding you through

The ideal time to start the course is at about 28-32 weeks into pregnancy.

You can attend our classes with your partner, a friend or a relative, or on your own. We welcome everyone to the group and hope to provide a relaxed, informal environment in which people are happy to ask questions at any time. There is no pressure to participate and if you simply want to sit back and listen, that is fine too.

Our course covers three sessions. We aim to cover:

Session 1: What happens during childbirth

  • Simple pelvic anatomy
  • What we mean by a ‘natural labour’ and birth
  • How to manage contractions
  • When to call the hospital
  • What to take to hospital

Session 2: Pain Management & Handling Complications

  • Options available for pain management
  • What is involved during an induction
  • How you might be monitored during labour
  • Interventions used in labour
  • The needs of mother and baby after delivery

Session 3: Feeding & Coping with the first few weeks

  • Physiology of breast feeding
  • Expressing milk by hand
  • Realistic expectations and common pitfalls of breast feeding
  • What a newborn baby needs
  • Common newborn problems
  • What to expect in the first few days and weeks

In addition to the above content, we hope …

  • To provide an environment in which you can meet other pregnant couples, and benefit from a social support group.
  • You enter the last few weeks of pregnancy feeling positive and excited about the upcoming labour and the challenges of new parenthood.
  • You finish the course feeling that the most important outcome is a healthy mother and a healthy baby, regardless of how you get there.