A NEW APPROACH TO ANTENATAL TEACHING

MIDWIFE + OBSTETRICIAN + PAEDIATRICIAN + BREASTFEEDING CONSULTANT + HYPNOBIRTHING TEACHER

We know your time is precious, so we'll bring you all the experts you need in three sessions.

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1. Getting ready for baby 

-Introduction to your course and course mates

-What you really need in your hospital bag

-The dos and don'ts of shopping for baby

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2. Preparing for labour

For the ladies:                       

-Maintaining your pelvic floor 

-Preparing the perineum and preventing tears

Meanwhile, the gents are whisked off to the pub to learn:

-How to support your partner during and after labour

-How to understand your partner’s emotions

-A realistic idea of the first few months

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3. Coping with labour

-Hypnobirthing: practical session led by our Hypnobirthing Teacher

-Relaxation and birth positions

-Pain relief options

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4. The big day (or days)

-Recognising labour and when to go to hospital: specialist session led by our Midwife                     

-The stages of labour

-Assisted deliveries - instrumental and C-section deliveries, episiotomies and stitches: specialist session led by our Obstetric Doctor

-Why an induction of labour may be offered

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5. Recovering from birth

-Your mental wellbeing

-Recovering from stitches and C-sections

-Bringing home and bonding with your baby                    

-Your physical wellbeing and returning to exercise

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6. Feeding your baby

-How to master breastfeeding: specialist session led by our Lactation Consultant

-Formula feeding and combination feeding

-How often to feed, how to know if baby is taking enough milk and how to wind

-Problems you may encounter and support that is available

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7. Caring for your baby

-The fourth trimester

-How to change your baby and look after their skin

-How and when to wash your baby

-Dressing your baby

-Safe sleep for your baby

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8. Your baby’s health

 

-Recognising if your baby is unwell and coping with simple conditions: specialist session led by our Paediatric Doctor

-Paediatric first aid: specialist session

-Immunisations and checks in the community 

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9. Entertaining your baby and yourself

-Establishing your support network

-How to play with your baby and the importance of tummy time

-What’s on in your local area - a typical week in the life of a parent

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10. The practical parent

-Useful sources of information including how to obtain your child's documents, claim child benefits and find child care