What happens in Antenatal Classes Luton?
The topics covered in antenatal, or parent craft, classes might include:
- What happens in labour;
- Coping with labour, including different kinds of pain relief;
- Exercising after pregnancy;
- Your feelings about the birth;
- Nutrition within pregnancy and after birth;
- Breast-feeding nutrition;
- Your feelings about being a new mum or dad;
- Caring for your baby;
- Feeding your baby.
In the classes you can find out about the different options for labour and delivery so you can feel confident about making your own birth plan.
You’ll be able to talk about your plans and any worries you have with a doctor and other parents-to-be who are expecting babies around the same time as you.
Do I need antenatal classes if I’ve already had a baby?
Antenatal classes Luton are not just for first-time mums-to-be. If you’re having another baby, you may benefit from going again. Classes can be especially useful if you plan to give birth differently this time – if you had to have a caesarean the first time, for example. Classes may also be helpful if there is a big gap between your pregnancies.
Antenatal ‘refresher’ classes
Even if you’ve already had a baby (or babies), you may want to have a refresher course. These classes are generally shorter and focus less on the practicalities and more on giving you the chance to reflect on your previous labours and the space to discuss your options for this birth. Refresher courses can also help prepare you for looking after more than one child.
More than just a great place to meet other parents-to-be
Antenatal classes aren’t just about breathing exercises and learning how to change a nappy, how to manage different situations after birth – they are also a great opportunity to make life long friendships with other mums going through exactly the same mum-to-be (and then new mum) hurdles as you.
Who can attend antenatal classes?
Some antenatal groups are just for mums, others are for couples others are for those who do not have English as a first language.
What can you expect to learn?
Well, some of the topics might seem like ‘stating the obvious’ or stuff you already know, but the group setting will mean a fresh perspective, and maybe the answers to questions or scenarios you hadn’t thought of.
You will learn about keeping healthy throughout pregnancy, including healthy eating, exercise and relaxation ideas for pregnancy and birth, and also information to help you make your birth plan, such what pain relief is available, and your options in labour. You will also get advice on caring for your newborn and breastfeeding.
And there will most probably be tea and biscuits too – so what’s not to like?
Breastfeeding classes offer advice and techniques for those wanting to breastfeed
These courses are for those that want to learn about breastfeeding! Women who attend breastfeeding courses usually report better success with breastfeeding than those who do not.
What to expect from breastfeeding classes?
Your class should cover:
- Breastfeeding positions and how to get your baby to latch on;
- Basic guide to how breastfeeding works;
- Best ways to establish a good milk supply;
- Breastfeeding and Weight Loss;
- Breast-feeding nutrition;
- How to know if your baby is getting enough milk.
The course may also include some ‘practice’ on a plastic doll!
Antenatal classes for fathers
It’s not just mothers who need to get ready for a baby. Many classes encourage both parents to attend, or you may want to bring along your own mum or a friend for support.
When should I book my antenatal classes?
Most antenatal classes start when you are 24-30 weeks pregnant. If you’re expecting more than one baby, or you and/or your baby have problems it’s advisable to start classes earlier, before 24 weeks, because your babies are more likely to be born early.
After your baby is born: postnatal parenting education classes
Don’t expect to know everything before your baby is born.
As well as antenatal classes that you attend during your pregnancy, there are also classes aimed at new parents.
These classes are usually for anyone who is in a parenting role, so they are suitable for mums, dads, grandparents, step-parents and carers.
Infant Nutrition – Introducing Solid Foods Classes
Infant Nutrition: from Breastfeeding or Formula to Baby’s First Solids
It’s well known that good early nutrition is vital to the development, health and wellbeing of children, but what does this mean?
These courses are designed for a parent or carer to attend with their baby. Anyone responsible for a baby as they face the transition from milk to solid foods is welcome. It does not matter if you have already started giving your baby solids when you come to the course, or if your baby is breastfed or bottle-fed.
Subjects covered generally include:
- What foods babies need, how much and how often to feed them and when to start solid food;
- Infants’ nutritional requirements and the importance of both breastfeeding and formula in meeting them;
- Baby-led weaning – skipping purees and starting straight with finger food.
First aid classes
First aid course is recommended both for prospective parents, and those who already have children.
Nobody likes to think of their child being in an emergency situation, but learning first aid will give you the confidence to be able to help should you need to.
This one day course has been designed with parents in mind, to guide you through exactly what you need to know.
It covers a range of childhood emergency situations; from choking and unresponsiveness to fever and meningitis.