These are conducted one-on-one and aim to address any specific concerns and answer specific questions that you as a mum-to-be may have, so that you can go into your baby’s birth with confidence and excitement.
Full monthly antenatal health visits and screening are offered for ladies with low-risk pregnancies. All patients are referred to/seen by their Obstetrician for their 12/13 week check-up, 19-21 week check-up, and from 34 weeks until the birth of the baby, unless complications arise, in which case referral is immediate. Contact is maintained with the Obstetrician as needed throughout the pregnancy.
Having a baby (especially when it is your first), can feel like a rather overwhelming experience, because one often has no idea what to expect. It may also feel really scary because of the unknown, particularly as the time gets closer. We hope through the course to address most of those concerns by giving you a clear and realistic idea of what is to come as part and parcel of bringing your precious new human being into the world!
The course is broken into five parts, and covers pregnancy and preparing for birth, natural delivery, caesarean section and the unwell baby, breastfeeding, and caring for yourself and baby. Contained in these sections is information about when to go to hospital, what to expect from labour, how to handle the various stages of labour, and the pain relief methods available to you. We cover information about what procedures may become necessary to assist with labour, and hopefully relieve some of your concerns about these.
We will also spend some time discussing caesarean births and some of the specifics of a caesar so that it removes some of the unknown from what can feel like a scary procedure for many mums-to-be. We also address the important points about breastfeeding and caring for your newborn baby so that you feel excited when the time comes to leave the hospital with your brand new bundle!
We have amazing guest speakers who have all delivered many babies, as well as all of us having had our own, so we try to keep the course real, honest and fun; while hopefully teaching you everything you need to know. Our aim is for you to leave the course feeling confident and prepared, and hopefully connected to one another as a group of mums and friends.