Saturday, 8 August 2015

Antenatal classes edit

I have been researching antenatal classes to help prepare myself (and MrL) for labour, giving birth and being parents. 

The idea is that you are prepared in order to have a better experience of birth and after pregnancy. I have never done this before, and I like to arm myself with as much literature and education as possible, so I will be looking into both NHS and paid for classes...

and I have to do it very quickly, as I hear that they get booked quite early on, usually from 12 weeks.

The benefits of attending are, preparation and also possibly meeting parents expecting at a similar time, I have narrowed my list down to 3, The Bump Class, NCT and Lulubaby.

  • The Bump Class - The Bump Class was started by sisters Dr Chiara Hunt and Marina Fogle. Based in South Kensington, the 8 week antenatal course (£475) prepares mothers in the final trimester by discussing everything from pelvic floor muscles, natural birthing techniques, postnatal care and breastfeeding. It is women only, but there is a father’s evening (£150) as well as paediatric first aid courses (£75 per person) and private courses.
  • NCT - NCT has been around for nearly 60 years, with a wide range of courses for mums and dads. The courses are friendly, relaxed and evidence based, usually taking place near your home so you have the opportunity to meet other expectant parents close to where you live. Prices vary depending on the area band from £120 to £190 for 2 people on the NCT Essentials antenatal course.
  • Lulubaby - Lulubaby offers advice and support for parents-to-be in central and SW London.  Known as London’s premier antenatal class provider for first time parents, partners are also invited to attend some sessions. Prices and course content varies dependent on location from £395 to £525 and there are additional classes such as hypnobirthing.

Having read through the course content of the classes, I have narrowed it down to 2, The Bump Class and Lulubaby, but am still yet to make a decision. What do you think?

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