Online Antenatal Classes
Midwife Run Antenatal Education In the Comfort of Your Home.
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Live Antenatal Classes
Our signature course of eight 90 minute antenatal classes covers all things pregnancy, birth and beyond (also available as an intensive weekend course). Each class is live and fully interactive, led by our midwives who are experts in antenatal education in small groups from the comfort of your home. Get valuable social interaction with other expectant mothers, many of our members keep in touch long after the courses take place. All classes are recorded and available to you to access at anytime and accompanied by further reading and links after the class.
Our support continues after the course too – our midwives love hearing from you and are always happy to advise and provide support when needed.
What people say…
Gemma here….. You’ve managed to get a rather anxious woman to feel almost confident about everything to come! Thank you
Thank you so much for the classes and all your advice, we have loved all of them.
Dear Amina, thank you for the fantastic talks over the last few weeks. We learnt a great deal and I am sure we will be looking back at your talks in the early days! Best wishes
I loved my classes. I really enjoyed each one and they were so informative. Amina is very friendly and accommodates all questions she is asked without any judgement.
Online Antenatal Course Details
Journey to Motherhood is the first class for pregnant women in our 8-session antenatal courses, focusing upon antenatal care and choices and preparing for your pregnancy labour birth.
Our midwife Hayley who works as a community midwife shares ‘That the third trimester is all about changes and preparing for your baby’s arrival. It’s also when you start to notice changes most in your body and get some of those aches and pains. By knowing what to expect and getting started with your birth plan or packing your hospital bag can really help you in starting to get prepared and ready for your baby’s birth.”
During the antenatal classes we guide you through:
- The role of your midwife and maternity care team
- Your antenatal appointment schedule
- Self-care in pregnancy
- Pregnancy health & complications
- Diet and things to avoid
- Birth options – where to have your baby
- What to pack in your hospital bags
- Creating a birth plan – where to start
Preparing Mind and Body is based on what labour and birth is from a physiological and emotional perspective. Amina, our midwife and course leader believes “that reframing how we view birth and understanding how your birth hormones can affect your birth is key in having a positive and empowered birth experience – however that may be. We can’t predict or plan birth, but we can prepare positively for it.” This class involves:
- Ideas about pregnancy labour birth
- The physiology of labour birth
- Hormones and what role they play
- The impact of fear and tension on birthing
- Creating your birth zone
- Preparing a toolkit for birthing
- Optimum fetal positioning
- Perineal Massage
- Birth pathway and how that might look
- Different stages of childbirth
- How to tell if you may be in labour
- Latent & active phases
- The second stage and how it may feel
- Transition of childbirth and how impacts you
- Third stage of childbirth and how it can be managed
- Current practices such as delayed cord clamping
This class takes an alternative pathway to birth because we know that birth comes in different forms.
- The induction and augmentation of childbirth
- Pain management / Pain relief – from TENS machines to Epidurals
- What is birth variation and why it may happen
- Addressing the myths and facts about assisted and alternative births
- Assisted birth
- Birth by caesarean operation
This postnatal class is all about baby, aiming to help clear up some of the myths and facts and support you in feeling confident in making the right choices for a great life with a new baby
Starting from the first moments where you meet your baby we explore:
- Skin-to-Skin contact and the golden hour
- New-born checks after birth. The umbilical cord and healing
- Vitamin K – what it is and your options
- Ways your baby may behave in the first few days and weeks
- Baby hygiene – from nappy changes to bathing your newborn
- What your baby may look like – from newborn skin to birthmarks
- Jaundice in the early weeks after your baby is born
- Common concerns of parenting a newborn
We know that the changes that occur with your body and emotions after the birth of your baby are often overshadowed and overlooked by the focus on baby. In this class no subject or questions are taboo and in our group we are free to talk about:
- Bleeding after birth and what it means
- Perineal tears and care
- Abdominal and pelvic floor exercises
- Breast care information and changes that occur
- Your emotional and mental health after your baby is due
- Adjusting to life with a baby and how to prepare
This evidence based class aims to help you feel confident about feeding your baby. We know how keen parents are to understand and discuss breastfeeding and there is no time better than the antenatal period to get started. During the antenatal class we explore common issues related to breastfeeding. Find out more about our breastfeeding class here.
- The physiology of breastfeeding and the changes that happen
- Benefits of breastfeeding for mum and baby
- Understanding breastmilk – how it changes and why
- The supply and demand cycle of breastmilk
- Information on what a good latch and attachment is
- Different breastfeeding positions
- The feeding cues your baby expresses
- Your baby’s appetite and how it changes over time.
- Support parents in trusting their instincts
- Tips on where to find free help
- Common childhood illnesses
- Recognise early signs of illness and infections
- What to do when your baby is unwell
- Learn how Meningitis affects a child and signs to look out for
- Choking & how to manage cuts & burns
- Essential advice on SIDS and keeping your baby safe
- CPR information and when you may need to use it
Online Antenatal Classes
Midwife Run Antenatal Education In the Comfort of Your Home
Online Antenatal Classes – COVID UPDATES
With COVID dominating the news, there can be a lot of apprehension about how a new parent should approach pregnancy.
Starting a family is an amazing experience and from the date your journey begins we will be a part of it with you. Our online antenatal classes will discuss the latest COVID research and advise on any sign that you should be aware of. We also regulary send email updates so after you book one of our classes your email will be the place to check for any changing information.
Advice and Tips
It’s the most common way labour and birth is portrayed in films and on TV – a big gush of water, lots of screaming and a big rush to the hospital to have the baby. All very dramatic, even more so when waters in film/on TV always tend to break publicly, in the shops, at a party or surrounded by people!
In reality it’s rarely like this …….read on to find out what to expect!
Woohoo! and huge Congratulations! You have just found out you’re pregnant. It’s an amazing, exciting, daunting journey ahead and once you are over the shock and celebration you are probably wondering ‘what should I do now?’
Worry not! – we are with you to make sense of all of the new terminology you are going to come across, the new people you’ll meet and the wonderful changes ahead. We have blogs on it all too if you want to delve deeper, but for the time being let’s cover what you need to do to get your pregnancy off to the best start
Labour rarely begins on your ‘estimated due date’ EDD, especially if it is your first baby. In reality your due date is probably more accurately described as a ‘due window’ – of 5 weeks, as babies are born often between 37 to 42 weeks.
In most pregnancies, labour will usually start naturally on its own within those 5 weeks, but there are times that it may need to be started artificially. This is called induced labour – to help your cervix to soften and open out and your uterus (womb) to start contracting. There are many ways this can be done …..
Whilst breastfeeding is the easiest go to fast food – after you’ve overcome the first few weeks, there are times that you may not be around to feed baby yourself. This is where expressing breastmilk comes in handy – being able to draw off some milk for either someone else to feed your baby or storing up for another day. Expressing can even be a good skill to use to boost your supply if it’s low.
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Planning a pregnancy can feel daunting and it’s perfectly understandable to start thinking about what you need to do to prepare for this big life changing event. Its important to remember that your health before pregnancy can affect the lifelong health of your baby.
These are a number of the things you can do before pregnancy to make your pregnancy and baby healthier – check out midwife’s tips!
We’ve all heard about gas and air, often called laughing gas, being used in labour and stories of the often hilarious effects on the person using it. In fact, most films and tv shows will often portray a woman using it furiously whilst she is rushed off to have her baby.
Entonox – the medical term for gas and air, is the most popular pain relief during labour with around 80% of women choosing to use it.
We’ve all watched labour and birth on tv or in films – and 9/10 births will be happening on a hospital bed of some kind, imbedding into everyone’s mind that birth has to take place on a bed lying down on your back.
In reality, lying on your back in labour can be a real hindrance…..in fact the more upright you are, with gravity on your side the better.
Most of us in the third trimester will find some kind of urge to start nesting – planning, preparing and getting everything ready for baby’s arrival. One of the most common questions we as midwives are asked about is what to pack in the birth centre/hospital bag.
So read on for our top tips on how to pack your hospital bag.
What should I pack in my Hospital Bag?
Hospital bag packing is one of the most often asked questions by parents to be – and we know it can be so confusing knowing what to pack when you haven’t ever done this before!
We discuss in detail during our classes what you may think about packing and why as it can vary from birth to birth, but our top tips are:
- Pack 2 sets of bags – one for labour & birth and one for your postnatal stay
- Make sure you pack your birth plan and hospital notes
- Take your own pillow
- Bring something loose and comfortable to wear during labour
- Toiletries and toothbrush – for both of you!
- bodysuits, vests and sleepsuits
- plenty of nappies
- a car seat for the trip home
There’s lots more, as well as tips from our midwives on what works and what doesn’t that you can find out about during our live and interactive antenatal classes. We also send out a checklist and further details to you after each class to help you prepare.
Where can I have my baby?
It’s your choice where you give birth – at home, in a unit run by midwives (a midwifery unit or birth centre) or in hospital. In reality, your options about where to have your baby will depend on your needs, risks and, to some extent, on where you live.
Your midwife and doctors can advise on what options are best suited to you – but ultimately it is your choice and you will be supported. During our Journey to Motherhood class we explore all of the options and what they mean from the real-life experience of our midwives who all have many years of experience in birth in all settings.
Wherever you choose, the place should feel right for you. You can change your mind at any point in your pregnancy.
What position does my baby need to be in for birth?
The best position for your baby to be in for labour and birth is head down, facing your back – so that their back is towards the front of your tummy. This allows baby to move more easily through the pelvis and can help your labour progress. Some babies sometimes settle in a head-down, but facing towards your front and their back towards your back, often referred to as a back-to-back position – which can affect your labour.
There are plenty of things you can do in the third trimester and in labour to help your baby into the best position for birth that we cover in detail in our classes, as well how position can affect labour and birth.
What are the signs of labour starting?
Labour – how it starts, how long it lasts and how you cope with it varies from person to person – its pretty unique to you.
There are, however, several signs that labour may be starting such as:
- a ‘show’, which is when the mucus plug from your cervix comes
- strong period like pains – these are the start of contractions
- lower back pain
- changes in your bowel movements – this is caused by your baby’s head pressing on your bowel
- a sudden urge to ‘nest’
- Your waters may also break or you might start feeling contractions
How long does labour last?
This is something that we as midwives get asked a lot! The truth is that there is no set time frame and whilst in theory, labour on average can last anywhere from 8 hours to over 18 hours with a first baby, this will depend on lots of factors such as how you are feeling, position of baby, how powerful your contractions are etc.
In our classes we discuss what labour is, the different stages and what can cause a delay or slow down progress, how to have an active labour to help baby and what happens if you need to be induced.
When should I call/go to the hospital in labour?
This will depend on lots of different factors – and you’ll often hear advice to go to hospital when in ‘active’ labour.
Your contractions are often the best guide – you will find they will gradually become stronger, longer and more frequent. You will know when you are ready to go into hospital, as you no longer feel comfortable in your own home.
If your contractions start but your waters have not broken, wait until the contractions are coming regularly, sometimes called the ‘411’ or ‘511’ rule – contractions that are about 4-5 minutes apart, lasting at least 1 minute, and following this pattern for at least 1 hour.
There is lots you can do at home in the early stages that can help you feel calm and safe which we discuss and advise on in detail during our classes, alongside what things you can do to prepare too.
What should I do if my waters break?
Waters breaking in films or on tv are often very sudden and very dramatic. In reality it’s rarely like this – you may feel a slow trickle or a sudden gush of fluid that you can’t stop. Your waters may break before you go to hospital but are more likely to break during labour.
If you think your waters have broken, put a sanitary pad (not a tampon) on and call your midwife. You’ll be asked questions about what time it happened, how you are feeling and what colour the waters are.
Depending on your answers and your pregnancy, you may be asked to stay at home for a while or asked to go into hospital straight away.
What happens during an induction of labour?
Induction of labour is the process used to start labour artificially instead of waiting for labour to start naturally. Different methods are used to induce labour and depends on why you are being induced, what is happening with you, position of your baby and your choice too. All methods aim to help your cervix to soften and open out and your uterus (womb) to start contracting.
If you have been advised to have an induction, you should find out as much about why, the risks, the benefits, what method is being advised and what support you will get. Our birth management class covers in detail the induction process and tips on what to do to help the process along as well on how to decide if it right for you.
Can I ask for a caesarean/c-section birth?
Yes, you can usually choose how and where you give birth.
The type of birth you have will depend on:
- your preferences
- your and your baby’s health
- where you choose to give birth.
A C-section is major abdominal surgery, which carries some risks for you and your baby. You can choose to have a c-section, after talking to your healthcare team about the benefits and risks. If you feel your obstetrician does not support your choice of birth, you can ask to see a different doctor.
We don’t shy away from talking about c-sections, believing that it is best to be informed about all birth options. In our birth management class, we cover in detail what a c-section is, what to expect, different kinds of c-sections and what you can do help your c-section birth be a positive experience.
Online Antenatal Classes
Midwife Run Antenatal Education In the Comfort of Your Home