Antenatal Classes

Antenatal classes are available to help you prepare for the birth of your baby and your journey to becoming parents.

I am a fully trained and certified Lamaze Childbirth Educator, and offer one-to-one sessions and small group courses for parents-to-be. The Lamaze method promotes a natural, healthy and safe approach to pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting. Knowing that pregnancy and childbirth is a natural event in a woman’s life, yet can be a huge time of change, emotionally and physically, classes are designed to help you prepare for your baby’s birth and becoming a parent in a positive and nurturing way.

I believe that couples who attend antenatal classes are embracing a wonderful way to prepare for birth and parenthood and I pull in from all my experience of yoga, massage and Doula-ing to bring an awareness of active, empowered birthing techniques. I trained with Lamaze International accredited Teri Shilling from the USA to enable me to bring Lamaze Birthing practices to the UK. I am also a qualified antenatal teacher with the National Childbirth Trust and teach NCT antenatal classes in the Rugby and Northampton areas.

For details of Lamaze Method courses or one-to-one sessions please contact me directly, for details of NCT Antenatal classes available please look on the relevant website for your area:

Rugby: http://www.nct.org.uk/branches/rugby
Northampton: http://www.nct.org.uk/branches/northampton
Leicester: http://www.nct.org.uk/branches/leicester

NCT antenatal courses cover preparation for labour and birth, feeding, and early parenthood.

Unless stated otherwise, classes are designed for couples, but many people attend on their own or with a friend, relative or birth partner

Subjects covered will usually include:

  • Pregnancy and birth choices
  • Choosing where to have your baby
  • Body awareness, relaxation, breathing and massage
  • Home births and water births
  • What happens in labour and how the baby is born
  • Pain relief - natural and medical methods
  • Your labour and the role of the partner in labour
  • What complications might arise - e.g. Caesarean birth
  • Looking after a newborn and feeding your baby
  • Early parenting, lifestyle changes