Positive Preparation for Birth & Early Baby Days
A friendly, face-to-face course running over 2 separate sessions, led by an experienced midwife/antenatal educator and designed to help women and their birth partner increase their knowledge and choices in childbirth, whilst easing the transition into early parenthood.
* Risk assessed to ensure full compliance with Covid secure guidance
Your Birth Your Baby is a comprehensive programme consisting of 5 informative and interactive group modules. There are 2 separate sessions, the first being a full weekend day and the second, a weekend afternoon. The course is held in a comfortable and convenient central Hale location.
Positive Preparation for Birth and Meeting Your Baby
Saturday or Sunday 10am-5:30pm
Successfully running since 2014 and regularly updated to ensure a secure evidence-base and continued relevance, this first session can help to overcome some of the feelings of disappointment that you may be feeling due to the recent reduction in opportunities to experience aspects of antenatal care together.
Covering aspects such as signs of labour, when to call the midwife, pain relief options, writing your birth plan, partner support, safe sleep and much more, this first session will help to prepare you and your birth partner as you look ahead to the birth of your baby.
Participation in face-to-face group antenatal courses is associated with higher satisfaction in birth experience, with the knowledge you gain and the skills you learn helping you to be empowered in making informed choices together.
Providing a great opportunity to meet other pregnant women and their birth partners within a safe, socially distanced environment, this course can also help in the building of your local support network in these challenging times.
View First Session Dates
Saturday 8th May
Saturday 22nd May
Saturday 12th June
Sunday 27th June
Saturday 10th July
Saturday 17th July
Saturday 21st August
Sunday 12th September
Saturday 25th September
Saturday 9th October
Sunday 24th October
Saturday 13th November
Saturday 27th November
Saturday 11th December
View Second Session Dates
Sunday 9th May
Sunday 23rd May
Sunday 13th June
Saturday 26th June
Sunday 11th July *AM session*
Sunday 18th July
Sunday 22nd August
Saturday 11th September
Sunday 26th September
Sunday 10th October
Saturday 23rd October
Sunday 14th November
Sunday 28th November
Sunday 12th December
Baby’s Here: Focus on Feeding and the 4th Trimester
Saturday or Sunday 3pm-6:30pm
This second session has been developed in response to the lack of face-to-face, evidence-based group support aimed specifically at the postnatal and early parenting experience. For example, most people have heard about the value of writing a birth plan, but significantly fewer develop a plan for those vital early weeks and months with their new human!
Our fast paced culture tends to value ‘bouncing back’ over a gentle, nurturing adjustment for you and your baby during these precious early days and weeks, often referred to as the ‘4th Trimester’.
This second session projects you forward towards your new role as parents, offering evidence, tips and support for a smoother transition from bump to baby.
With interactive antenatal group work on infant feeding known to be effective in supporting the initiation and continuation of breastfeeding, this session also provides a practical workshop focusing on the art and skill of breastfeeding.
WHAT DO PEOPLE THINK ABOUT YOUR BIRTH YOUR BABY
“A great course – relevant, informative and professional. Would strongly recommend.”
“Given these diffcult times it has been lovely to get a chance to have a face to face antenatal course with such a knowledgable, nice and funny lady!”
“Jo is engaging and really inspires confidence. I wish we had discovered these sessions when we were expecting our first baby!”
“I feel more confident in making decisons, what to include in my birth plan and how to put my opinions across to health care professionals”
“Time well spent. So glad we did this course together. Loved the convenience of a weekend day course.”
“Friendly and positive environment – no question left unanswered. Jo is very approachable.”