Birth Buddies

Antenatal Classes and Birth Doula Service

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I offer the following courses, please don't hesitate to contact me if you wish to discuss any aspect of the courses.

One-to-one sessions 3 hours – 16 hours at £20 per hour (tailored to your requirements)

I recognise that group antenatal sessions do not suit everyone and I offer personal, one-to-one birth preparations classes, tailored to your own specific needs. It may be that work commitments prevent you attending regular classes, or maybe one or other of you are already a parent. It may be that this is your second or subsequent baby and you want to talk through your previous experiences before this birth.

These sessions can be held in your own home and give you the opportunity to ask the questions that are important to you. You can choose as few or as many sessions as you need. Although a minimum of 3 hours is suggested, many parents find 6 – 8 hours works well although you may book extra sessions up to a total of 16 hours.

HypnoBirthing course 6 hours £125 per couple (includes handbook and personalised CDs)

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Early pregnancy workshop 2 hours £30 Shh, it’s a secret...

Most antenatal courses are aimed at couples towards their baby’s due date, however as I mum myself I know how exciting (and daunting) the first few months of pregnancy can be. Therefore this 2 hour session is for mums in the first 16 weeks of pregnancy, to talk about the emotional and physical changes you might experience, looking after yourself (such as eating well and exercise) and the opportunity to discuss antenatal screening tests. Please contact me for dates and availability.

Practical Baby Care workshop 2 hours £30

A 2 hour workshop held in the comfort of your own home, looking at different baby care routines and tips on how to care for your newborn, with the aim instill you with confidence. Topics can include: Handling and dressing your baby, Nappies and nappy changing, Sleeping and creating bedtime routines, Bathing your baby, Why your baby cries, what to do! There will be time throughout for questions & demonstrations.

NCT antenatal courses

What do NCT courses cover?

Your antenatal course will focus on providing you with the information and skills you need to make your own decisions about your labour and birth. Each NCT antenatal class is flexible to allow each group to focus on their own needs and spend more time on the topics that are most relevant to them. Some of the topics we cover include:

  • Practical skills for labour, including breathing, massage and birth positions
  • Your pain relief choices
  • Realistic information on what happens during birth
  • Early days with your baby Most NCT courses include a session with a qualified breastfeeding counsellor
These friendly sessions provide practical information to help you to start breastfeeding and to consider what life will be like with a new baby. If you are looking for safe antenatal exercises then you may also be interested in our Relax, Stretch & Breathe or NCT Yoga for Pregnancy courses which aim to improve women’s physical and emotional well-being through a combination of gentle, yoga-based exercise, breathing, relaxation and a positive focus on labour and birth. For further information about NCT and the services they offer, or to book NCT classes, contact them here.