What are Antenatal Classes?

30 May

learning about pregnancy at antenatal classMoms-to-be are a beautiful, glowing, mushy-brained symphony of hormones and emotions. They mood-swing from the chandeliers every other minute; experiencing intense highs and lows of joy, confusion, love, frustration, excitement, exhaustion, anticipation, anxiety (just to name a few) – and that’s before we even factor in all the cravings, back ache and stresses of picking the perfect name! First time moms-to-be can be even more extreme.

What we find these days is that new moms are being overwhelmed with information from friends, family, media and even complete strangers about pregnancy, birth and parenting. Many new moms are confused, because they don’t know what questions they should even be asking. And so our moms-to-be are left mood-swinging from the chandeliers; too nervous to come back down to reality.

That is where antenatal classes come in. Antenatal is all about the early stages of motherhood – pregnancy, the birthing process and the first few weeks with your baby. These small group classes are a safe and secure place for new moms to ask questions and get professional advice. These classes are designed to inform and support first time moms-to-be, helping them to ease into their pregnancy and early motherhood with complete confidence, and keeping the chandelier-swinging for the bedroom!

Here is an outline of what is covered in antenatal classes:

Week 1 – The joys and challenges of Pregnancy

•   The stages of pregnancy, its niggles and its relevance to the birth process

•   The placenta, cervix and uterus

•   Development of the baby – 9 months of growth

•   Positions of the baby

•   Dos and don’ts during pregnancy

•   Exercise

•   Pregnancy massage

•   What to take to hospital

•   When to go to hospital

Week 2 – Normal Vertex Delivery

•    Hormones in Pregnancy

•    Anatomy

      –   Uterus, placenta, cervix (last week)

      –   Pelvic floor, amniotic sac and  vagina

•   Stages of delivery

•   Labour positions

•   Dads in labour

•   Relaxation

•   Birthing DVD

Newborn child, seconds after birth. The umbili...

Week 3 – Pain Control (dress accordingly)

•   Pain Control

•   Types of Pain control

•   Epidural

•   Breathing Techniques

•   Practice Demonstrations

Week 4 – Assisted deliveries

•   Induction

•   Vacuum delivery

•   Forceps delivery

•   Caesarean section

•   Assisted delivery DVD

learning about your baby in antenatal class

Week 5 – Breastfeeding and Establishing Routine

•   Breast vs. bottle

•   Advantages/disadvantages of Breast feeding

•   Advantages/disadvantages of Bottle feeding

•   Breast feeding

•   Latching

•   Expressing

•   Breastfeeding problems

•   Bottle feeding

Week 6 – Early parenting (those first few weeks)

•   What is the Apgar score?

•   The first 6 weeks

•   What to look out for

•   Vaccinations

•   A baby bath

To find out when Baby Guardian Vaccination Clinic is running the next Antenatal Class, please contact Sr. Andrea.

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