What is special about taking part in an About Birth & Babies Antenatal Course?
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Probably the best thing about doing an antenatal course with About Birth & Babies is TIME – time to ask questions and discuss topics you hadn’t even thought about before you signed up, with highly trained and experienced facilitators.
Parents on our courses often say “this is probably a silly question but . . . .?”
We can absolutely reassure you that there is no such thing – most expectant parents have concerns and queries, the lovely thing about our courses is that we can address these as they come up in a lively, interactive way, so that parents finish the course feeling prepared for what lies ahead.
Feedback suggests that however labour and birth unfold; our courses help couples feel better prepared, this enables them to feel more confident and part of making informed decisions about their care.
Did you know? You have choices around many aspects of labour and birth eg pain relief options, and how the third stage of your labour is conducted. Explore what is available at home and in hospital, for labour and in the first hours and days after birth.
Newborn Care and Breastfeeding
Support from other parents who understand is so important when you are making your way through the early days of looking after a baby. Your group can provide that support; talking on the WhatsApp group and meeting up to share experiences and ideas.
Did you know? Babies often need to feed every 2-3 hours round the clock in the early weeks, whether breast or formula. It can feel overwhelming. We discuss what is normal, ways of coping, and where to get help. Sharing information about slings, nappies and babycare both in the classes, and then as a group of new parents, helps you to feel confident.
Some partners come to our courses not sure if they will enjoy themselves or find the experience useful, I’m glad to say that we can almost always guarantee both! You will gain knowledge and skills which will help you feel more confident about your abilities as you approach the exciting times ahead.
Did you know? Research has shown that partners have an extremely important role as labour supporters and in helping women breastfeed and care for their baby. If you aren’t sure about this role, come along to one of our courses and find out how you can be the best.
If you would like to know more about our antenatal courses – please visit our website at:
www.aboutbirthandbabies.co.uk where you can view all our courses by venue, date and price, and find one to suit you. If you are still in the early stages of pregnancy and would like a taster, we run regular FREE Early Pregnancy Classes.
UPDATE SINCE CORONAVIRUS…
In the last 10 days Sian and Ann of About Birth & Babies have managed – at lightening speed – to pull together an online antenatal course to offer all parents currently booked on our courses. We would also like to offer this to all parents seeking quality antenatal education in the upcoming weeks while we are subject to the Covid19 movement restrictions.
This course is an exciting series of Zoom meetings taking place on the original course dates; where we can all see and talk to each other on screen from the comfort of our own homes. During each session there will be bite size, digestible bits of “teaching” using pictures and slides and evidence based information, these will take you through pregnancy, labour, birth, feeding and caring for your baby. We will alternate the teaching with the excellent Zoom Breakout Rooms; which offer the opportunity for couples to talk and interact in smaller groups, just as we do in face to face classes, helping you to get to know each other better and develop that same sense of friendship and mutual support.
The WhatsApp group, as you may have heard, usually comes into its own after the course ends – but in these times we feel it can serve a more useful purpose right from the start of the course. In this way Ann and Sian will be available at all times to answer questions, listen to concerns, and signpost when needed. We suggest that most groups will have one WhatsApp for this purpose and one private one just for the parents. As always, back up material, handouts, information and videos, etc will be sent as follow ups to each session.
We look forward to meeting all the parents currently booked on our courses – and we would love to welcome others to visit our website and book a course confident in the knowledge that it will go ahead online while it has to – and return to face to face as soon as that is possible.