One day intensive Antenatal Classes run by a midwife/lactation consultant.
Being pregnant, particularly for the first time can feel quite overwhelming. Morning sickness aside, there is so much planning and readying required that you could be left wondering whether it’s going to be all worth it! Well rest assured it is. If you can manage the information overload and all the associated pregnancy side effects, pregnancy truly is a beautiful time. And as long as you don’t leave your preparation until the last minute, it need not be stressful.
What are Antenatal Classes?
Antenatal classes, also known as prenatal classes or childbirth education, are designed to prepare you for your upcoming labour and birth and first few weeks with your newborn baby.
Do I Need to Go to Antenatal Classes?
Technically you don’t have to go to antenatal classes but I like to use the analogy of your wedding or other significant occasion in your life – how much planning went into that to ensure a stress-free experience for all parties involved? A good antenatal class will provide you and your partner with all the essential information you need to go into your labour and birth feeling relaxed and capable. While the content may vary slightly from one antenatal class to the next, topics should include most of the following:
- How to prepare for labour
- Induction of labour when and why this may occur
- Labour signs and symptoms
- The stages and process of labour, birth and delivery
- When to call the hospital and what to expect when you arrive
- Positions to try during labour
- Breathing techniques to use during labour
- Labour pains and pain relief options
- Potential complications in labour
- Early days with baby
Come learn about pregnancy, labour, birth and beyond in a fun and friendly environment. No scare tactics, just positive delivery of up to date information covering all scenarios.
Classes run 2nd Saturday each month 10am to 5pm with 1 hour for lunch (morning and afternoon tea provided). Contact Sarah for availability and dates of next class.