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What does the antenatal course cover?

Our antenatal course covers everything from packing your hospital bag to what happens once you get your baby home. Some things that are included within the course are: preparing your mind, body and ‘stuff’ for labour, going into labour, induction of labour, pain relief options, what happens during labour, normal birth, assisted birth, caesarean section, what happens in an emergency, breastfeeding, formula feeding, caring for your newborn, newborn safety, the postnatal period.

Why is our antenatal course different?

Our award winning antenatal course was designed by a practising Midwife and developed over time based on customer feedback. All of our courses are provided by practising Midwives to ensure the information provided is evidence based and up to date, as well as practical and realistic. The course is not biased but rather focuses on providing enough information to allow you to make informed decisions about the care you receive and how you choose to care for and feed your baby. An introduction to Hypnobirthing session is included within the price and in some locations you can choose to add on a baby and toddler focused first aid course as well.

Is the course for my partner as well?

Labour can be tough on partners too, it can be worrying watching you go through labour especially if they don’t have an understanding of what’s going on and how to help you. Our course is designed with this in mind and includes all the information they need to enable them to be to support you during this time. The role partners play during labour, birth and afterwards is covered throughout the course including practical tips on how best to support you and advocate for you during this time.

What if I don’t have a partner?

Many people have attended the course by themselves and benefited from the peer support that is formed during the 5 weeks of the course. However you are more than welcome to bring a friend or relative with you for support, especially if they are going to be with you during labour. Tips provided for birthing partners are relevant whether it is your partner, mum, sister or friend.

How can I pay for the course?

Payment can be made using any major credit or debit card, PayPal or Google & Apple Pay. If you would prefer to pav via BACS, please contact us at [email protected]

Is it still worth doing the course if I’m having a caesarean birth?

Our antenatal course covers all aspects of birth and the postnatal period. In each session we will cover information that applies whether you are planning to experience labour or have a planned caesarean section. Sometimes labour can start before your caesarean date, it can be helpful to know how to recognise it and what strategies you can use to cope. Caesarean section and going to theatre is covered within the course and feedback gathered shows that those who have gone to theatre have felt more prepared after doing this course. There are also sessions on preparing for birth, feeding your baby and caring for your baby which apply to all parents to be regardless of birth plans.

How is the course structured?

The course content follows the normal sequence that your experience will follow. The first session is relaxed and engaging, it’s about getting to know the group and preparing for birth and having a baby. Week 2 focusses on how labour begins whether this be naturally or medically, followed by a discussion about pain relief options. Week 3 covers labour and all types of birth and is generally the most intensive class of the course. In week 4 you will learn about how to breastfeed and safely formula feed your baby as well as how to decide what is right for you. The final session is the practical session which everyone loves, a chance to get hands on a practice nappy changing and dressing your baby as well as some common things to look out for and safety advice. During and after the course you will have the option of being part of a WhatsApp chat with your group so you can stay in contact and meet up with your babies.

What if I can’t make one of the sessions?

We will endeavour to catch you up on any content you miss. This will vary depending on area, teacher availability and class size. Your course handout booklet will have all of the information you need in it, and our teachers are always on hand to answer questions via WhatsApp.

How many people are on each antenatal course?

There will typically be between 3 and 10 couples per course although this does depend on the venue and how many people chose to book that course.

Is the course suitable for same-sex couples?

Absolutely! We have had many same sex couples join us throughout the years and all have found the course relevant, welcoming and have built a fantastic network of new parents in their areas.

Can I do hypnobirthing with you as well as an antenatal course?

New for 2023 we will be including our ‘Introduction to Hypnobirthing’ course with all our Antenatal Courses. Giving you more value for your money. This session will be provided virtually with one of our hypnobirthing trained course providers.

Why would I choose Pregnancy to Parenthood instead another antenatal course provider?

Our courses are all delivered by practicing, local midwives which means all of our information is relevant and up to date. We focus on information based-learning to ensure you have all the tools to make informed choices during your labour. We couple this with some excellent practical elements and fun games to ensure your learning is as engaging as it is informative.

Does the cost of the course include my partner?

Yes, you can bring your partner or one friend or family member with you at no extra cost. The only exception is for the First Aid course which is charged per person.

I’m having twins, is the course still suitable for me?

Over the years we have had many people expecting more than one baby. All of the information provided is relevant whether you are having one or two babies (or even more). Let your course teacher know and they will be able to adapt the session accordingly (e.g teach you how to tandem feed your babies and tailor labour advice). If you are expecting twins you may want to consider attending a course slightly earlier in your pregnancy to reduce the risk of missing a class if they arrive early.

I am not planning to breastfeed, do I need to attend the feeding session?

At Pregnancy to Parenthood we provide information about breastfeeding and how to safely formula feed within the feeding session and also include other useful topics such as skin to skin contact, how to know your baby is getting enough milk, how often to feed your baby and other useful information. We want you to understand all of your options to enable you to make the right choice for you.

Can I get a discount if my partner is unable to attend the course with me?

Our course price is set based on our course content and expertise of the course provider. We have a limited number of places for couples so therefore we are unable to offer a discount if you attend alone, you are however more than welcome to invite a friend or family member with you for support.

Do I need to bring anything with me?

Everything you will need to participate in the course will be provided. It may be a good idea to bring a bottle of water with you and a notepad if you would like to take notes. Handouts are provided at each session.

I have booked and paid for my course but can no longer attend. Can I have a refund?

We will offer a full refund providing we have received written correspondence from yourselves a minimum of 14 days prior to the course start date. Any bookings which are cancelled within 14 days of the course start date will be subject to a 50% refund on the course cost and any associated booking fees

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