Julie’s Transition into Parenthood antenatal course covers all labour and birth support strategies, practicalities for women and their partners; “must know” facts and “how to” aspects of birthing and babies. The sessions go way beyond hospital course content. Pregnant couples will feel empowered and confident when they’ve complete this amazing, fun and informative class. This is a popular class with a reputation of being thorough, fun, interesting and social.
Suitable from 20 weeks, it helps signpost the way through the last weeks of pregnancy, what to expect in labour, birth including practicalities of baby care, the first weeks with a newborn and parenting.Covering labour and birth, breathing, active birth positioning, and includes a special focus on skills and techniques for keeping birth normal and minimising the use of medical intervention when appropriate.
Julie’s courses comprehensively cover what the hospital courses would cover – and a whole lot more! Having worked in a large tertiary maternity hospital for 12 years, Julie knows the topics covered in hospitals well. Many midwives and obstetricians recommend this class over the hospital course, they see a significant difference in preparedness and confidence in the couples who have attended Julie’s class.
What to Bring: bottle of water, lunch, and nibbles – yes you can eat and drink during the session
About the Venue
- Bottomless Beverages: all types of teas, coffees, chai latte, hot chocolate, herbals, chilled juices and iced water
- Complimentary Break Snacks: morning tea and snacks are all provided – biscuits, fruit, chips, popcorn
- Wear: loose, casual, comfortable clothing, we kick off shoes at the door so bring socks also
- Venue: air-conditioned, relaxed, clean, peaceful, comfortable, smoke-free, friendly with a bathroom close by
- Shopping: Products available: birthing and baby care books, music relaxation CD’s, approved gel hot packs
- Parking: free, easy and right out front – conveniently close and safe
- Lunch: Picnic style in Julie’s lovely tranquil garden – picnic rugs supplied for your comfort
- Facilities: microwave, large fridge, urn for boiling water, crockery, cutlery, serviettes
Session 1 – Birth Information
Jam packed with lots of practical, worthwhile, creative and interesting ideas… Pregnancy, labour, active birth options. How to recognise labour, what to do in response, great tips for partners to be supportive and helpful, comfort measures to use during labour, massage techniques, all the best birth support skills for partner’s to use, partner’s role and what to expect, women’s self-help strategies for labour, how to best use hospital facilities, breathing for labour, effective positions for the woman to use to keep labour normal, techniques for massage, ideas to try in a variety of challenging situations in labour, medical interventions and drugs: being informed, Department of Health recommendations for health consumers, guidance for birth options and choices, the first hours after the birth, mum-dad-baby bonding and the early breastfeeding experience. Many important points to boost your confidence and reduce anxiety.
Session 2- Baby Care
Everyone (mums and dads-to-be) love this session as well! It contains lots of practicalities of parenting. Our focus is on looking after a little newborn baby during the first 12 weeks in a very positive way. Being able to read the baby’s body language and their variety of cry “signals” helps parents-to-be feel they can trust their intuition and look forward to getting to know their baby. The newborn period in the first 12 weeks at home with a new baby, how to wrap, feed, deal with crying, sleep and settling, involving both mothers and fathers equally. What to expect after baby is born, breastfeeding, safe sleeping, settling, bathing, needs of mother, father and baby, what essentials to buy for baby, the first 12 weeks as a family, parenting resources and where to get help, reasons babies cry and the best calming and comforting measures, this session really helps couples feel much more organised and prepared for becoming parents.
For caesarean section mothers – day two is all that is required and can be booked with Julie over the phone 9544 6441