Being pregnant for the first time can be a daunting experience, with so much information to navigate and so many choices to make.
Where will you give birth? How will you give birth? Is there any way to prepare for labour?
Thankfully, Nottingham has a heap of parent education classes and antenatal services available for new parents, or for second-time (or third or fourth) time parents who feel they would like to do things differently this time around.
These classes and services can be a vital source of information for parents-to-be, so heres where to find them.
Nottingham City Hospital runs a range of classes and workshops at their parent education room you can attend these sessions if you are booked to have your baby at City Hospital, Queens Medical Centre or at home. The workshops are run by midwives or physiotherapists and are open to women and their partners or birth supporters. Classes should be started around 32 weeks pregnant.
Some information about the classes:
They are run during the day, evenings and on weekends
They offer physiotherapist-run workshops titled 'Look after yourself in pregnancy and after birth'
They offer multiple pregnancy workshops
Workshop 1: covers preparation for labour and birth
Workshop 2: Pain management and alternative births
Workshop 3: Infant feeding and early parenting
Workshop 4: Multiple pregnancies
Workshop 5: Looking after yourself in pregnancy and beyond
NCT National Childbirth Trust Located in Arnold, Beeston, Bramcote, Cotgrave, Hucknall, Long Eaton Website: https://www.nct.org.uk
The NCT Pregnancy Care Centre runs courses throughout Nottingham that include antenatal classes, an antenatal refresher course and postnatal. You can find the branch details here.
NCT Essentials Course The shorter of the courses on offer and run over 12 hours, NCT Essentials covers:
Unborn baby development
Changes for you and your partner
Mum-to-be health and wellbeing
Giving birth and labour
Caring for your baby
Services available to you
Courses are held at convenient locations during evening and weekdays.
NCT Signature Course The NCT Signature Course is longer than the essential course. It covers the following topics:
Pregnancy and birth choices
Body awareness, relaxation and breathing
What happens in labour
Medical procedures, including caesareans
Home births and water births options
Looking after a new-born and feeding
Early parenting and lifestyle changes
NCT Antenatal Refresher Course The NCT Antenatal Refresher courses are a great way of concentrating on this baby and this pregnancy - often overlooked when there are toddlers and other children to look after. They are also a means of meeting other parents. They are appropriate for all parents, regardless of the age gap between your children.
MamaBabyBliss Studio 3, Robinson Road, Mapperley. Other locations are West Bridgford, Chilwell, Hucknall, Giltbrook and Arnold 07792147859 Website: www.mamababybliss.com
A 6-week course suitable for pregnant mums who are 14 weeks pregnant and beyond. The course will help strengthen your body, soothe away aches and pains such as backache and heart burn, and relax the body at every stage of your pregnancy. It also focuses on breathing techniques and relaxation for labour. Bookings are essential.
PregnancyBliss Stretch and Relax
Couples Preparation Workshops
MamaBliss Nurture and Relax
Workshops for Dads
Bingham Antenatal offer personal courses in a private and relaxed setting. Their 1-2-1 Antenatal Course is exactly that one to one for parents, with topics including:
Labour and birth
Planned Caesarean births
Breastfeeding and baby feeding
Introducing baby to siblings or pets
Slings and baby carriers (babywearing)
Beautiful Birth Mansfield 226 Victoria Street, Mansfield 07961 668924 Website: See the Facebook page.
Beautiful Birth Mansfield offers a four week course as a private or group class. The course is designed to help parents stay calm and in control during pregnancy and birth. They teach how the birthing body works, deep relaxation skills (self hypnosis), breathing techniques, positions for labour and much more. This course supports all birthing choices and gives participants the knowledge and confidence to make your own informed decisions which in turn leads to a positive birthing experience. Various dates and times are available.
You dont have to feel unsupported or overwhelmed with information during your pregnancy. An antenatal class could help you prepare for labour and birth and help you make informed decisions about childbirth and beyond.