How much are the 121 antenatal classes?
£130 face to face (plus 20p per additional mile if more than 20 miles from my home in PE7)
£110 online (all classes during national and local lockdown will be held online)
A 6 hour session held in the comfort of your own home. This includes pre-course preparation, printed/electronic materials to keep and a follow-up birth plan review by email/skype.
*bookings secured once full payment is received or instalment plan agreed and first payment made.
Birth Works 121 Antenatal Classes
Imagine stepping into parenthood with all the practical and emotional skills to help you through pregnancy, birth and the early days with your new baby. Birth Works antenatal classes aim to share those skills, empowering you to make informed decisions about your birth and offering a toolkit for surviving the first weeks of parenthood.
As a midwife I have the privilege of working alongside families through their pregnancy, birth and the first few weeks of their baby arriving. I have attended home, hospital and caesarean births both straight forward and complicated. So I will really bring it to life for you, drawing on current evidence and practise.
Equipping yourself with knowledge will give you the confidence to make decisions and help you have a positive birth experience. Your confidence will pave the way to navigating the many parenting choices ahead.
A typical 6 hour Birth Works 121 antenatal class allows you discover the emotional and practical aspects of:
Preparing for birth - what you really need, your support network, the signs of labour
Coping strategies - the benefits, side affects and potential complications associated with natural and medical strategies.
Physiological birth - what to expect and the choices you have including water birth, birth of the placenta and optimal cord clamping.
Planning for the unexpected: complications in labour - what can occur and what to expect if it does. How you can cope with the complications and remain in control of the situation.
Caring for your baby including feeding options, safe sleeping, nappy changing and bathing baby
Caring for yourselves and recovery from birth
Making your choices heard - techniques to communicate effectively with the medical team.
Example of topics we can cover in more depth include:
Breastfeeding - what to expect, understanding the signs of a well baby, expressing and storing milk, what is 'normal', possible complications, coping emotionally, how partners can support the breastfeeding journey, eating for feeding.
Coping strategies - learning practical techniques including massage, breathing and relaxation.
Psychological wellbeing - addressing anxieties and fears related to birth and parenting.
Complications - if you have specific complications of pregnancy we can discuss how these may impact your birth, the evidence behind them, the choices you can make and how to communicate these with your obstetrician.
Induction of labour - the reasons, procedure, benefits, complications and planning your birth to cope with induction process.
No two Birth Works antenatal classes are the same…content is always guided by the knowledge, experience and desired learning outcomes of the family. All Birth Works antenatal classes include pre-session planning to devise a unique class for you and support after your session by email/skype to help you write your birth preferences.
Please email me to find out more.