Online Antenatal Classes – Parentcraft Course Details

Journey to Motherhood

Journey to Motherhood is the first class for pregnant women in our 8-session antenatal courses, focusing upon antenatal care and choices and preparing for your pregnancy labour birth.  During the antenatal classes we explore:

  • The role of your midwife and maternity care team
  • Your antenatal appointment schedule
  • Self-care in pregnancy
  • Pregnancy health & complications
  • Diet and things to avoid
  • Birth options – where to have your baby
  • What to pack in your hospital bags
  • Creating a birth plan - where to start

Preparing Mind and Body

Preparing Mind and Body explores what labour and birth is from a physiological and emotional perspective:

  • Ideas about pregnancy labour birth
  • The physiology of labour birth
  • Hormones and what role they play
  • The impact of fear and tension on birthing
  • Creating your birth zone
  • Preparing a toolkit for birthing
  • Optimum fetal positioning
  • Perineal Massage

Labour and Birth Process

Labour and Birth Process classes are all about what happens in and during childbirth.

  • Birth pathway and how that might look
  • Different stages of childbirth
  • How to tell if you may be in labour
  • Latent & active phases
  • The second stage and how it may feel
  • Transition of childbirth and how impacts you
  • Third stage of childbirth and how it can be managed
  • Current practices such as delayed cord clamping

Birth Management.

These courses takes an alternative pathway to birth because we know that birth comes in different forms.

  • The induction and augmentation of childbirth
  • Pain management / Pain relief – from TENS machines to Epidurals
  • What is birth variation and why it may happen
  • Addressing the myths and facts about assisted and alternative births
  • Assisted birth
  • Birth by caesarean operation

Your New Baby

These courses are all about baby, aiming to help clear up some of the myths and facts and support you in feeling confident in making the right choices for life with a new baby

Starting from the first moments where you meet your baby we explore:

  • Skin-to-Skin contact and the golden hour
  • New-born checks after birth
  • Vitamin K – what it is and your options
  • How your baby may behave in the first few days and weeks
  • Baby hygiene – from nappy changes to bathing your newborn
  • What your baby may look like – from newborn skin care to birthmarks
  • Jaundice in the early weeks after your baby is born, and what it means
  • The umbilical cord and helping heal
  • Common concerns of parents of newborns

The New Mum

We know that the changes that occur with your body and emotions after the birth of your baby are often overshadowed and overlooked by the focus on baby.  In this class no subject or questions are taboo and in our content we are free to talk about:

  • Bleeding after birth and what it means
  • Perineal tears and care
  • Abdominal and pelvic floor exercises
  • Breast care information and changes that occur
  • Your emotional and mental health after your baby is due
  • Adjusting to life with a baby and how to prepare

Breastfeeding

This class aims to help you feel confident about feeding your baby. We know how keen parents are to understand and discuss breastfeeding and there is no time better than the antenatal period to get started.  During the antenatal class we explore common issues related to breastfeeding.:

  • The physiology of breastfeeding and the changes that happen
  • Benefits of breastfeeding for mum and baby
  • Understanding breastmilk – how it changes and why
  • The supply and demand cycle of breastmilk
  • Information on what a good latch and attachment is
  • Different breastfeeding positions
  • The feeding cues your baby expresses
  • Your baby’s appetite and how it changes

Baby First Aid

Our final class in the course is about so much more than what to do in an emergency.

  • Support parents in trusting their instincts
  • Give tips on where to find free help
  • Common childhood illnesses
  • Recognise early signs of illness and infections
  • What to do when your baby is unwell
  • How Meningitis affects baby and signs to look out for
  • Give advice on if your baby is choking
  • How to manage Cuts & Burns
  • Essential advice on SIDS and keeping baby safe
  • CPR information and when you may need to use it