“Thank you for all you help and advice during the antenatal classes; we both really benefited from them, they were so informative and we felt really relaxed during the sessions which made it easy to take in the information. Alfie especially found them useful as he gained knowledge to help him understand and recognise the stages of labour during the birth, meaning he could help me to cope and stay focused.”
“Just wanted to say thank you so much, we really enjoyed the course and found it so helpful. We will miss not coming anymore!”
A 6 week course to prepare you for the birth of your baby and support for early parenting.
Learn how to prepare your body to give birth, what to expect, and what to do if things don’t go according to plan.
This course will give you a deep and thorough understanding of pregnancy, birth and early parenting.
Ideal for birth partners to attend, (though you are of course just as welcome to attend on your own,) to learn how they can support you, and how they can keep calm and be the best possible support during labour and beyond. We will also explore your baby’s development and how to care for them (and yourself) after their arrival.
Make friends with other couples at the same stage as you.
Suitable from 24 weeks of pregnancy.
What the course covers:
- Preparing our bodies for birth and getting baby into a good position;
- Having a healthy mind and body;
- Understanding the hormones involved in labour and birth, and how you can promote these in the most positive way;
- All the different interventions and choices you might face during labour, including pain relief, induction, instrumental delivery, cesarean sections;
- Breathing techniques to help you;
- The early weeks with a new baby, including practical skills such as nappy changing, cord care, sleep;
- Learn about the fourth trimester and postnatal recovery.
What does this offer in addition to the Essential Preparation for Birth Workshop?
The Essential Preparation for Birth Workshop is brilliant, but it packs a LOT of information into four hours. You will learn the essentials in the workshop, but what you gain in this course is the luxury of TIME.
- Time to really absorb the information, reflect on it and ask questions as the weeks progress;
- Time to get to know other couples and make new friends;
- Time to learn more information and in more depth.
In addition, as part of the course you will also receive a free labour bag, containing everything you need to take to hospital with you.
Mental and Physical Preparation for Birth
This course is designed to complement the movement-based, women only, Practical Preparation for Birth course. We strongly believe that you need to practise the breathing and movement techniques we will teach you on the Ultimate Antenatal course. By practising, you will build muscle memory so that when labour begins, the relaxation, breathing and movement techniques will be so well embedded you won’t even have to think about it and everything will just flow…
Total Confidence with a 12 week package
At Suffolk Babies we can offer you a fantastic antenatal package that will offer you the very best preparation for labour and birth. This 12 week package allows both you and your partner to prepare for birth, through one term of the Practical Preparation for Birth course, and one term of the Ultimate Antenatal Course, for a combined price of £200. The Ultimate Antenatal Course runs on Tuesday evenings and the Practical Preparation for Birth class runs on Thursday evenings – it is totally up to you, so you could take both concurrently, or attend one for a term and then start the next one. We recommend the Ultimate course is taken at around 24 weeks of pregnancy onwards, and the Practical Preparation for Birth classes can be taken any time from 14 weeks of pregnancy. If you would like to discuss anything with us before booking, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be very happy to chat to you.
The Best Teachers
The course is taught by three of our highly experienced Directors. Nowhere else will you get the benefit of this many years’ of experience in one course!
Jo Cresdee, CEO, is a Fedant registered Antenatal teacher, baby massage instructor and baby yoga instructor with a background in Montessori teaching. She is also a qualified Personal Trainer, qualified Hypnobirthing Instructor and Doula. Jo has worked in this field since 2003, and in that time Jo has worked with over 2,000 women.
Emily Boyd, Director of Antenatal Education, has been a registered midwife for over 10 years. Working directly for the Ipswich NHS Trust as Practice Development Midwife she is able to bring insight into the needs of families in terms of education, as they approach labour and birth.
Katie Mackenzie, Director of Operations, has worked with local families since 2011, providing educational courses for parents, specifically courses for parents of newborns and parents of toddlers. She is also a trained Performance and Emotional Coach (www.katiemcoaching.co.uk). Katie teaches the Newborn section of the Ultimate Antenatal Course.
When do the classes run, how much are they, and how do I book?
Classes run on Tuesday evenings at the Suffolk Babies Centre in Kesgrave. They run in 6 week terms and you need to join on week 1. We are offering this course at the special introductory rate of £150.