Positive Preparation for Birth & Early Baby Days

Your Birth Your Baby is a friendly, face to face weekend antenatal course, designed and facilitated by Jo Little, a practising fertility midwife and former NHS midwife of many years.

As an experienced, knowledgeable and compassionate antenatal educator, you will find an informative and welcoming atmosphere awaits.

Participation on the YBYB antenatal course will help as you begin to shape your own unique approach to your birth and early parenting experience.

*Fully risk assessed to ensure compliance with current covid guidance.

Your Birth Your Baby is a comprehensive weekend 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.

Ideally book by or before 20 weeks of pregnancy to secure your place. However if your ‘due date’ is fast approaching, please get in touch and I’ll always do my very best to accommodate you.

Aim to attend anytime from around 24 weeks of pregnancy onwards. Most clients attend the full course over one weekend thus staying with the same group for both sessions.

First Session

Positive Preparation for Birth and Meeting Your Baby

Saturday 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.

Course Dates

October: Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th
November: Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th
December: Saturday 11th  & Sunday 12th
January: Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th
February: Saturday 5th  & Sunday 6th
March: Saturday 12th  & Sunday 13th
April: Saturday 9th  & Sunday 10th

Second Session

Baby’s Here: Focus on Feeding and the 4th Trimester

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.

Total Price: £195

This includes both the full day and half day sessions for you and your choice of birth partner to attend – a grand total of 10 hours of course content. Also included is a comprehensive post course email resource pack for each session.

FIRST SESSION MODULES

MODULE 1

YOUR BODY – Using Physiology Your Way

  • What is labour? From early signs and latent phase through to 2nd and 3rd stage
  • The oxytocin effect
  • When to call the midwife
  • The role of the birth partner
  • Immediate aftercare for you

MODULE 2

YOUR BIRTH – Choices & Challenges

  • Birth plan – what matters to you?
  • Induction/assisted birth/caesarian birth
  • Pain relief options
  • The golden hour – your baby’s transition to life as a newborn, skin-to-skin

MODULE 3

YOUR BABY – Welcome to the World

  • Physical factors post birth including pelvic floor
  • Adjusting to early parenthood
  • Safe sleep awareness
  • The well/ill baby
  • Healthcare support in the community

SECOND SESSION MODULES

MODULE 4

BABY’S HERE – Your Postnatal Adventure Begins!

  • Developing your postnatal plan
  • Self care and partner support
  • Womb to world adjustment for your baby – the 4th trimester
  • Newborn sleep and what to expect

MODULE 5

BABY’S HERE – From First Feed Forwards!

  • Infant feeding basics
  • Responsive feeding
  • Partner support
  • Learning to breastfeed including feeding cues, positioning & attachment, hand expression
  • Continuing to breastfeed including troubleshooting, myths and special issues

Please visit the YBYB Facebook page for last minute availability, pregnancy information posts, local maternity care news and links to up-to-date research articles, childbirth expert blogs and pregnancy and childbirth guidelines.

WHERE

Broussa Day Nursery
27 Warwick Road, Hale, WA15 9NP

Part of the highly regarded Elmscot Group of Day Nurseries and Nursery Schools.
Ample non-restricted parking is available on Warwick Road which is located within a pleasant and quiet residential area.

YBYB operates within a Covid secure environment due to having a rigorous health and safety policy, put into place following an extensive risk assessment. Strict adherence to social distancing, hand hygiene, room ventilation and an enhanced cleaning regime enables us to continue, whilst promoting the safety of participants by minimising the risk of infection. Full policy available on request.

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.”