Birth Management Classes
Birth Management Education In the Comfort of Your Home
What Does The Class Cover?
Our birth management class continues the exploration of labour and birth – this time from an alternative perspective to our Labour and Birth Process class. During the live, interactive and online class we explore alternative pathways to birth because we know that labour and birth can be unpredictable, and that birth comes in many forms.
Our ethos for our expert-led online antenatal course is to help you feel prepared for birth (however that may be) and able to plan ahead that meets your needs.
We revisit in this class essential knowledge on how to advocate for yourself and decision making in your pregnancy – using practical skills such as BRAIN & HEART tools so that you can make informed choices.
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.
Birth Management Class Details
We know that labour and birth looks different for everyone, and for some that is right at the beginning of the labour process. We discuss induction and augmentation, what this means, why you may be advised to have the intervention, what methods are available, and the risks and benefits of each procedure is discussed in detail by our experienced midwives who bring their real-life knowledge and expertise.
The class also explores how you can use skills such as active birth, hypnobirthing, movement, breathing techniques that we have explored in previous classes as well as how monitoring of your baby and being in hospital may impact your labour too.
We then explore in detail pain management and pain relief – methods such as water and TEN’s machine and medicalised options from gas and air to epidural. Lots of practical advice and examples shared of how you can use different methods to their best affect and how your partner can support you too.
Birth variations such as assisted birth – vacuum assisted or forceps birth, again delving into why they may be used, when and how the intervention may happen and what the risks and benefits are of each. Birth by caesarean operation is also explored in detail – from why it may be advised, what happens during the procedure, what happens after your baby is born and your immediate postnatal care. We also discuss how to make birth by caesarean empowering and positive using techniques such as gentle caesarean in detail.
In our Birth Management class we learn about:
- How to advocate and make informed decisions
- 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
Birth Management Classes
Birth Management Education On Newborn Babies In the Comfort of Your Home
Birth Management 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 birth management 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.
Exercise in Pregnancy Series Running Running is great aerobic exercise and can help you to have a fit and healthy pregnancy. If you were a runner or regular jogger before […]
Swimming in Pregnancy Exercising in water in pregnancy – be it swimming or doing other exercises is a great way of staying active as your bump grows. Swimming is an […]
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.
Birth Management FAQ
What are the effects of a forceps or vacuum birth on babies?
Many parents-to-be worry about how their baby may be harmed during an assisted birth.
Forceps can cause bruising, marks or cuts on a baby’s head, while a ventouse may temporarily affect the shape of a baby’s head. Small cuts on a baby’s face and head may occur but generally fade and are likely to be short term, resolving within 24 to 48 hours.
Do I have to have an induction?
Your views, beliefs and values are very important and valid for decisions about your care. This includes whether you want to accept the offer of induction if you’re overdue.
Your midwife or obstetrician should explain why you are being offered an induction and explain the risks, benefits and alternatives. They should also encourage you to look at information about it and discuss your decision with your partner or family. Midwives or obstetricians should support you in whatever decision you make.
When in labour can I have an epidural?
Epidurals can be given in most stages of labour and will depend upon why it is being requested. They are not commonly used very early or very late in labour. This is because it increases the chance of further interventions if used early, and is less useful later as it can increase the length of the second stage of labour.
Birth management education – We love helping new parents
As midwives working in the NHS, we don’t shy away from discussing alternative and assisted birth – we know that parent’s to be often feel worried about this and may have heard of other people’s experiences that will have made them feel anxious. Our midwives will always discuss with you honesty and openly, what to expect and how you can be supported.
Birth Management Classes
Midwife Run Classes In the Comfort of Your Home