Teresa Walsh, Midwife Childbirth Educator, The Portland Hospital
When you are preparing for the birth of your baby, it can seem as if there are a hundred and one things to sort out. However, the one item on your ‘to do’ list that you should not ignore is attending an antenatal class. It is here that you can address your concerns about the birth, learn what to expect and pick up tips on how to care for a newborn.
It’s not just mums who can benefit as these days as most classes are tailored to include dads. Both often have very different worries but all can be addressed in a class. A good class will help prospective parents gain the knowledge to have a positive birth.
Antenatal classes normally begin at around 30 weeks of pregnancy and tend to be held in the evenings over a period of 4weeks-or a weekend day workshop. All classes cover the signs of early and full labour and how to cope with each including an outline of the various pain relief options. A lot of women think there’s an epidural and that’s it – but there are far more options.
For Portland classes contact: 0207 390 6068