Prenatal Classes being offered by Baby Beginnings are as follows:
All our prenatal classes are presented by qualified personnel.
Join us as we take the fear out of childbirth and give you the confidence to labour and birth your way, be that natural, medicated, or somewhere in between.
You’ve probably read about childbirth and heard countless birth stories from friends and loved ones. Do you really know what to expect during labour and birth, though? Childbirth prenatal classes can demystify the process.
Baby Beginnings prenatal classes can help you prepare to meet the challenges of labour and birth. Consider the opportunities:
- Learn things you never knew about labour and birth. You’ll find out how to identify the signs of labour and what happens to your body as your baby makes his or her way into the world.
- Address your fears. During childbirth prenatal classes, you’ll have the chance to talk about your fears with other women who probably share the same concerns. The educator can dispel myths and help put your mind at ease.
- Connect with your partner or labour coach. Childbirth prenatal classes offer your partner or labour coach the chance to understand childbirth, too — as well as how to support you during labour.
- Discuss options for handling pain. You’ll practice various methods for coping with contractions, such as breathing techniques, relaxation and visualisation. Classes also cover the pros and cons of common medications, such as narcotic analgesics and epidural blocks.
- Get the basics on medical interventions and possible complications. Find out how routine interventions can influence the course of labour.
- Brush up on newborn care. In addition to labour and birth, you’ll get an overview on newborns. Common topics include breast-feeding, diapering and bathing.
- Create a social network. Meet other pregnant women and listen to their experiences.
Our class size is kept small allowing each couple to have their individual needs met. This class is designed for hospital or homebirth participants.
If it’s been a while since your first antenatal class, this program will serve as a perfect review and update.
Many parents ask themselves ‘How will my existing child/children react to the new arrival?’.
Refresher courses are a good way of exploring this and concentrating on the baby and this pregnancy, something often overlooked when there are toddlers and other children to look after.
They offer a chance to reflect and build on past birth experiences and prepare yourself for looking after your new baby and growing family. Our courses are tailored to the needs of those there and are based on the participants previous birth experience and their desires for this birth.
Our classes are small and informal, there will be no more than 8 couples per class. Enough people to generate a lively discussion but not too many that you get lost amongst the crowd and are unable to raise your concerns and ask questions.
Our breastfeeding prenatal classes are designed to give you guidance, tools and peace of mind before baby arrives to ensure you begin your breastfeeding journey with confidence.
- How the breast produces milk
- Early breastfeeding and the mother/baby bond
- Breastfeeding positions and proper latch
- How often and how long to nurse at each feeding
- Recognising newborn feeding cues
- How to know if your baby is getting enough milk
- Overcoming obstacles
- Preparing for the first six weeks of breastfeeding
- Nutrition for mom while breastfeeding
- Helping your partner participate and enjoy the experience
- Pumping and returning to work
- How to choose the right pump for you
- Community resources
When a family is expecting a new baby, it can be hard for an older brother or sister to know what to do, what to expect or how to feel. This class was designed to help prepare young children, between the ages of 3 to 7, for changes that will occur when the new baby arrives and how to be a great sibling!
- How to be a GREAT big brother or sister
- What the child(ren) can expect in regards to changes going on in the family, with mum, dad and the new baby
- What the new baby will look like and how he or she will act (pictures of newborns)
- Short educational film:“Hey, What About Me?”
- Role playing with dolls: How to hold a baby
- Diapering activity: Please bring a stuffed animal or doll from home (diapers will be provided)
- “Super Sibling” Certificate
It is recommended that you sign up for the prenatal classes that are closest to your expected delivery date. Early registration is encouraged.