Stand-alone classes to compliment my 4-part antenatal course
Writing your Birth Plan
You have so many choices around labour, birth and your first hours with baby. This class aims to highlight those choices, and give suggestions as to how you might want to write them on your birth plan. Your birth plan is your birth preferences, and this class is not about telling you which choices are best - it's about helping you decide which choices are best for YOU. That means no biased information, just evidence-based research.
We will start by looking at what a birth plan is, and what it is not. We'll then cover informed decision making, giving you a practical tool to make decisions as labour progresses. Where to give birth, your birth partner and environment, pain management and birth interventions will all be covered, as well as your choices after birth.
This class is designed to compliment my antenatal course series - there will be minimal repeat information, focusing instead on how to write these choices on your birth plan. It can be attended as a stand-alone class - you do not need to have attended the other classes.
Breastfeeding: Getting you off to the Best Start
This class is about introducing you to breastfeeding. We'll cover how it works, best latching and positioning, how to get off to a good start, hand expressing and looking after mom. We'll also look at where to get help, if it's needed.
This class will be taught by guest teacher Samantha Brewer. Samantha is an experienced breastfeeding peer supporter, and has supported many women over the years on their breastfeeding journey. She recently trained with the NCT as a peer supporter, and continued her training on to neonatal breastfeeding support. Personally, she's loved breastfeeding her 4 her children, including twins and through stays in ICU. She's a wonderful listener and supporter, and is happy to offer further support after your baby is born. I'm proud to have her as part of the team. (From Rachel x)
Writing your Postnatal Plan: Looking after yourself
You've written your birth plan and you've packed your labour bag, but what about after birth? How will you prioritise your mental and physical health and your relationships after birth?
That's where a postnatal plan comes in. Learn about what to expect from your mental health in the days, weeks and months following birth. Learn about the physical changes your body will go through, and how best to recover. Get tips about how to get enough sleep (without disproved 'sleep training'). Learn about the most common causes of arguments following birth, and how to maintain your relationship.