Antenatal Classes Exeter
Here at the Estuary Clinic Topsham, Exeter we are delighted to have the highly respected Gilly Nevin teaching our antenatal workshops. It is a comprehensive and completely unbiased course to inspire and inform both you and your partner and a wonderful opportunity to meet other couples and make good friends. One of the most important benefits will be a practical understanding of exactly how to utilise the knowledge you will both gain.
Our workshop is a complete Birth Preparation for couples in itself, and is for example an alternative to NCT courses.
The workshop may also be an ideal complement to Pregnancy yoga classes, Hypnobirthing or Hospital NHS classes.
The workshop looks in detail at the birth process from around 6 weeks prior to the onset of labour up until the end of the first week of your baby’s life after birth. The workshop is an ideal preparation for your chosen birth partner as it will prepare him/her for almost everything that may or may not happen. Practical and useful suggestions as to what may help to make labour easier and more manageable are discussed and explained. Birth partners often approach me after a weekend saying that they feel so much more involved and informed and also remark at how they did not realise the extent to which they are able to actively assist in the birth process.
The course considers the role of both mother and birth partner and stresses the importance of each. As well as covering the science and physiology of birth in a full and accurate manner, I teach from the point of view of a doula and mother, making clear observations of what takes place at the different stages of labour and under various different circumstances. The aim is to ensure that the birth partner remains calm and in a position to think ahead at all times. When this happens, the labouring woman does not experience unnecessary fear and she will find that she is able to cope with even the most challenging moments. Following the birth of her baby she is then able to remember the birth of her child as a positive challenge and a moment that she recalls with a joyful sense of achievement. No single way of birth is put forward as an ideal. A birth that is safe at all times resulting in a happy mother and a healthy baby is what we are working towards.
All participants will receive a comprehensive booklet covering relevant course details as well as a Birth Checklist suggesting what is needed in your hospital bag or at home if planning a home birth and also, a detailed guide to writing your Birth Plan.
- The science and physiology of birth.
- The practical and emotional role of the birth partner.
- Active birth, water birth and natural birth.
- Birth at home, in a birthing centre or in hospital.
- Medical assistance and methods of helping babies to be born.
- All aspects of birth in a hospital setting.
- Practical and useful suggestions as to what may make labour easier.
‘It helped me to be aware of what happens at each stage and how i can help and support. I understand birth now and feel so much more confident’ (Father).
‘The booklet is very useful – it meant we could relax and listen and not feel that we had to remember everything. Brilliant!’ (Mother).
‘I find Gilly to be engaging, informative, very experience and a pleasure to learn from. I did not lose concentration once’ (Mother).
‘The balance between medical procedures and instinct was unbiased. I believe this course is essential and required before becoming a parent. It exceed all my expectations in terms of knowledge acquired and a relaxed friendly approach’ (Father).
‘You were so non judgemental and stressed the ‘however it works’ approach which i found massively helpful and positive. I think it will help us to stay calm, relaxed and in an ‘oxytocin’ friendly environment (Father).
‘The balance between medical procedures and instinct was unbiased. I believe this course is essential and required before becoming a parent. It exceeded all my expectations in terms of knowledge acquired and a relaxed friendly approach’ (Father).
‘I cannot recommend Gilly highly enough, it was the best thing we could have done to prepare for the arrival of our baby. We both felt empowered and inspired by gillys knowledge and experience. I loved that she gave my husband lots of jobs to do during labour!’ ( Mother)
…to be confirmed
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