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Preparing to be a parent class
66 Crowtrees Drive, NG17 1LH
30-Mar-15 to 30-Mar-20
Bringing your new baby home is a steep learning curve for any new parent. So prepare yourself in advance with a unique preparation for parenthood class where you learn how to care for your baby in those first few weeks. You will practice on lifelike dolls and look at how to change a nappy, dress the baby, feed them & give them a bath. There are lots of useful tips and advice from Jane the experienced midwife & mother of two to help you along the way. The class is tailored to your needs and uses real equipment, giving you chance to try things out before you buy them. These classes are run on a private one-to-one basis allowing you and your partner to receive the full attention of Jane and ask all of those questions that have been niggling you. Prices from £60 per couple for 2 hours. Phone Jane to discuss your needs.
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Running my own business and working 6 days a week left little time for antenatal classes, but I felt it was really important to be prepared for the birth and beyond. I had been reading lots of information online and looking for classes in the area that we could fit in around our busy schedule. I knew that I wanted as natural a birth as possible and so I was trying to find a class that would help me to achieve this.
I came across The Natural Birthing Company and contacted them straight away. After speaking to Jane and Theresa I decided to book the antenatal, practical parenting and hypnobirthing classes. Jane agreed to come to our house on a Sunday to do the first 2 classes and Theresa came over one evening for 4 weeks to do the hypnobirthng class. All of the classes were fantastic. We learnt so much about what to expect before, during and after the birth. It helped us to feel fully prepared and much more relaxed. I would recommend all of the classes to any first time parents, just make sure to book them early, especially the hypnobirthing. We only had a couple of weeks before the birth to practice all the techniques and ideally I would have liked a couple of months.
In the end it all worked out perfectly. We managed to follow our birth preferences and have a drug free water birth. There was very little intervention from the midwives in the hospital, only to check my blood pressure and baby's heartbeat. Both midwives said afterwards that they didn't need to get too involved as my husband and I looked so relaxed and in control through the whole birth. Thank you Jane and Theresa for helping us to welcome our baby girl into the world in the most calm and relaxed way possible.
Perineal massage oil:
Although recommended from week 34 of pregnancy I didn't start perineal massage until week 37. I did it every evening before going to bed so it became routine and I didn't forget to do it. The oil smells lovely and definitely helped to make it a more pleasant experience. It was a little tricky to get the hang of to start with, but once I had it was easy to do and worth the effort. Although doing perineal massage doesn't guarantee that you won't tear I think it does help. I was fortunate not the tear during birth, only getting a couple of grazes. I put this down to doing the massage, but I do also think that being relaxed has a big part to play as well. I didn't use much of the oil before the birth, but it is so nice that I am now using is as a general massage oil.
After meeting Jayne and Theresa at a Mothercare event I dragged my husband along for a taster event and as a result we signed up for hypnobirthing and then a practical parenting course.The skills learnt and the advice given to us during the both courses helped us to feel more prepared and confident for the birth of baby Jack. I would highly recommend both courses to anyone expecting a bundle of joy. We found that Hypnobirthing was key in keeping me calm during labour and stopped my husband feeling like a spare part in the delivery room by giving him a key role involving back massage and reciting set scripts to aid relaxation. The courses are held in a calm, peaceful and welcoming environment with small classes and homemade cake to give that personal touch
Charlotte Flint Derby
"Jane your class was just we needed, we are looking to adopt a baby soon and wanted to gain knowledge and skills of how to look after them when they arrive. This has made us feel more confident and the way you tailored the class according to our needs was brilliant"
"Thanks Jane for a brilliant class, we learnt so much about caring for our baby we now feel fully prepared for the big day"
Just to say a huge thankyou for all of your help, we have learnt so much in the parenting class & I would have been useful without it!
Lots of love Matt, Gem and baby Ernie xx
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