FAQs: Antenatal classes

Do I really need to go to private antenatal classes?

We think so, as they better prepare you for labour and birth – especially as our classes are taught by midwives working in your local area. They bring a wealth of knowledge and experience you will not find in books and they will support you with any questions or worries you have, even outside of classes.

Plus, by meeting other parents in your local area who will have babies of a similar age you have the opportunity to build a real support network, which is so important in those first few months. Finally, not only do you learn about what to expect during labour and birth, but also the practicalities of early parenthood – including the highs and lows. Click here to view our antenatal class programme.

When should I start an  antenatal class?

You can join our classes when you are between 28 and 32 weeks pregnant. This allows a couple of weeks grace should your baby come a little early! Classes book up quickly though, so best to book early and avoid disappointment.

Should my birth partner attend the class with me?

Definitely! Birth partners play such an active role in supporting new mums. We’ve put together the course content so that it helps both mum and birth partner fully prepare for your upcoming birth – and parenting a newborn. This is one of the biggest life changes you’ll go through, and we want to make sure you have all the tools at your disposal to approach it with confidence.

I don’t have a birth partner. Does this matter?

Not necessarily, but you might like to think about someone who could support you during your labour. If you aren’t sure how to choose a birth partner click here to read more about the birth partners role and have a think about who might be the best fit.

I’m having a Caesarean. Do I still need to attend an antenatal course?

Definitely! We cover so much more than your labour during the classes, from what to prepare at home, to changes in your relationship and how to look after your new baby in the early days. Plus, there is the added benefit of meeting other new parents living near you. Click here to view the antenatal class programme.

I’m having twins. Is this the right course for me?

Absolutely! Not only will we address your individual needs and provide relevant information for your situation, but we also think it’s important for you to meet other parents in your local area – which might be more difficult if you attend a twins only class.

I want to meet other mums and dads in my area. Is this the right course for me?

Yes, 100%! Not only are our classes situated in the heart of your community, ensuring you meet other parents-to-be in your local area, but we have also chosen child-related venues that you will be able to go back to with your new friends and meet even more new mums and dads. Creating a social circle and support network of like-minded people is at the heart of what we do. But don’t take our word for it, check out what our customers had to say about our classes.

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