Why not consider one of our Empowering Birth days and prepare both your partner and yourself … explore your options. We are here to support you and help you to make an informed choice when it comes to your baby and your birth.
Meet like minded parents to be and form friends for life when discussing topics of the “moment”.
For an in depth experience of what is labour and the journey you are about to embark upon, come along and join us to explore your options and know what choices you can make to have an empowering experience.
Pregnancy, Labour & Birth
Optimal Foetal Positioning, techniques to support positioning and relaxation techniques.
What is labour?
What are the stages of labour
Discussion of different techniques for coping in labour
Interventions – what happens when things don’t go to plan.
Call the Birth Partner – Hands-on skills.
Parenting – Caring for your new baby
Arriving home with your new baby.
This session looks at some of the practicalities of coping with and enjoying the challenges of the first weeks.
Supporting your partner
How you can support breastfeeding.
How your relationship might change once the baby has arrived.
Becoming a mother: your new role and including the how and why of breastfeeding and dealing with any difficulties. Bottlefeeding – how and why.
Practicalitlies – nappies, bathing, sleeping
PND – PTSD discussion
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What else is included?
postnatal support included:
Our holistic birth preparation class also includes e-mail and telephone support to clarify any issues or answer specific questions after the course.
Should you wish to employ me as your doula after this session please chat to Claire. For further details about Doulas and associated costs please visit Doulas
- Research shows that women who attend antenatal classes cope better with labour and birth. Both you and your partner will be more confident and in control.
- You’ll be able to make informed choices about your care.
- You’ll have the opportunity to meet like minded people and form an invaluable support network.
- Our classes are small (maximum of 4 couples), relaxed and informal, giving you plenty of opportunities to ask questions.
Testimonial for Empowering Birth …
From the moment we found out that I was pregnant I wanted the pregnancy and the birth to be as natural and normal as possible, something that women have done for centuries without any intervention or painkillers. I completely understood that this might be just a wish and that reality could be different however there was no reason not to try. Very early on I came across the book “The New Active Birth” which encourages women to birth naturally taking advantage of gravity by using standing and squatting positions or yoga movements to position the baby for an easier passage. My husband & I already agreed on a hospital birth to be on the safe side if any complications would occur.
Well decision made this was the way I was going to try & give birth…BUT you should have seen my husband’s face when I shared these thoughts. He was planning on sitting in the corner & staying out of the way. Not quite what I had in mind!
I wanted my husband there to share the experience, taking someone else wasn’t an option. The question then was how to get him on board with my way of thinking. I talked to a pregnant friend who did a NCT course and asked her how it was and what they are covering. They covered various options to give birth, the preferable being a home birth and when her husband told my husband that it was interesting & ok up to the point when the blokes had to talk feelings. This was the moment where he just looked at me & said I am not going to do this rubbish. Very quickly it became obvious that this wasn’t a suitable option.
Knowing Claire from my antenatal yoga I took a look at her homepage and saw that she offered a One-to-One birth preparation course. One day only that my husband could choose when no footy was on with no need to talk with other dads-to-be about his feeling was finally something he could agree on. Sold!
I explained to Claire that the most important objective of this course was to convince my husband to be pro-active & supportive during the birth. As I made a decision on how to give birth already I also wanted to concentrate on ways to support a natural birth, alternatives to painkillers and the very important question how do I actually know that this is it. Been there now & done it I understand that this last question is rather a stupid one because believe me you know very quickly this is it!
Claire did an excellent job for the day! She listened and adapted the course to what we wanted. My husband first not impressed by having to do the course for a whole day warmed up fairly quickly and we laughed, joked and even tried little exercises on the ball. At the end of the day he did not just understand why I felt so strongly on trying to give birth naturally but also understood a little more about why 13 years ago his first son ended up in an incubator after a planned C-section.
Claire gave us wonderful material but the most useful ones were her little leaflets as well as the path of interventions. The last one came with me to the hospital, as did the one explaining each of the painkillers & exercises to change the position of the baby. The one describing the different stages of labour was kept on my bedside table as I had a lot of Braxton Hicks in the last couple of weeks and constantly referred to. It was there when labour actually started and we sat at home with a contraction stopper and tried to see where I was in the whole process. Well baby didn’t care too much about the leaflet and things went much faster than expected! Another lovely tip was to take a ball pump to the hospital…yes you do really need it! My midwife laughed as she saw the stress balls rolling out of my bag when I had a shower after I gave birth. It’s not the textbook theory that give you support in the moment when you are the most vulnerable it’s these little things that give you comfort & courage.
Although I would not interfere with a doctor’s decision in an emergency the information provided encouraged me to ask questions. It is all about knowing your options & their consequences to both mum & baby. I wouldn’t dare to tell a midwife or a doctor how to do their job but it really took a big portion of stress & anxiety away. The last thing you need during labour is to worry!
At the end my husband was absolutely brilliant during the birth and I had the birth that I wished for – only the midwife, my husband & me.
What I like about Claire and any of her courses (not just the birth preparation course) is that she shares her knowledge without preaching, she listens and is supportive as a friend rather than a teacher. It’s about you & what is right for you…there is no judgement. And at the end this is what makes it such a lovely experience. I would recommend all three of the courses that I did with Claire (antenatal yoga, birth preparation and Well Woman, Happy Baby). They helped me to relax during the pregnancy, prepare me well for the birth and gave me some space to relax & bond with the little one.
Thank you Claire, you helped making the birth of L a very special & beautiful experience!
Can’t add too much to the above other than to agree totally. As a man naturally I didn’t think it could add much to my understanding (or rather I DID plan to sit in the corner, so didn’t see the need to add much to my understanding…), but I would have to say in fairness I found Claire to be clear, concise and inclusive at all times.
Having accepted it is no longer the role of the man to sit down the pub awaiting a call, I did leave the session feeling well equipped to discuss whatever may have arisen. All in all thoroughly recommended.
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