This 4 or 5 week full birth preparation and early days postnatal course that will provide you with confidence, knowledge and understanding you need to feel positive and excited about the birth of your baby and looking after your new born and knowing what to expect as new parents. You can choose whether to attend the first 4 weeks of just birth preparation or all 5 weeks including preparing for postnatal life.
Over the first 4 weeks you will understand how birth works, be guided on how to use breathing, relaxation, visualisation and hypnobirthing techniques to tap into the body’s innate ability to birth. We will also take a detailed look at your birth rights, choices and help you to have the confidence to liaise with your care providers to make informed choices that feel right for you and your baby.
The last week is focussed on the first few hours, days and weeks post birth, making a postnatal plan, what life might be like as new parents, information about normal new born behaviour, sleep and feeding your baby.
Week One: The Science of Birth – Everything from the birth physiology, to the birth hormones, the mind-body connection, to helping align your baby for birth.
Week Two: Your ‘Hypnobirthing’ toolkit – Hypnobirthing techniques, breathing, visualisation and relaxations as well as making any birth environment your own.
Week Three: Choices and decision making tools – Everything from pain relief options, your choices and birth rights to making interventions a more positive experience.
Week Four: The Birthing journey – The labour and birth journey, from the start of labour to your baby in your arms.
Week Five: Post birth and the first few weeks – What to expect after birth, what life is like being parents, feeding you new baby – Everything from breastfeeding, to combination and responsive bottle feeding and information about infant sleep.