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.
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
Julie takes the group through an interesting overview of pregnancy, labour, birth, and newborn care, highlighting some of the important areas that are yet to be covered. Fears, anxieties and loneliness become a thing of the past by the end of week one and we have fun! Not to be missed!
Covers birth options and choices, what medical interventions and medications are available, how they might be used or offered, the advantages and disadvantages, what your rights and responsibilities are and what the Department of Health recommends. Guidance on how to minimise the use of some medical interventions. Concerns are allayed on this evening, and then put to one side, to focus on what is normal.
Labour and 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, 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, acupressure points. In short this is a magic night! Covers a variety of interesting scenarios of late pregnancy, labour and birthing, overcoming challenges with ease.
Positions effective for the final stage of labour, pushing, maintaining an intact perineum, and a thorough overview of what to expect in the first few minutes and first hours after the birth, mum-dad-baby bonding and the early breastfeeding experience. Many important points to boost your confidence and reduce anxiety.
Looking after a little newborn baby during the first 3 months 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. How to wrap, feed, deal with crying, sleep and settling, involving both mothers and fathers. Breastfeeding, expressing, storing, thawing breast milk. What to expect during the first weeks, what’s normal, what’s not. Understanding the newborn in the first few days. A wide variety of very important points will be discussed and explained.
These sessions on parenting makes a world of difference to reducing worries and concerns of new parents in the first days, weeks and months. Safe sleeping, settling, bathing, needs of mother and baby, what to buy for baby, parenting resources and where to get help, more about the reasons babies cry and comforting measures. This session helps couples become even more prepared for becoming parents.
During the evening sessions, Julie is able to show and explain fascinating and significant concepts in more detail than is possible in the weekend condensed courses. Julie enjoys facilitating the evening courses for many reasons: they are more in depth and interesting, couples seem to gain so much more, each group generally forms new friendships which Julie enables to grow into mothers groups of mutual support for each new family.
A Special Privilege: Julie’s personal library of pregnancy, birth and baby books, DVD’s and CD’s and USB’s is exclusively available for attendees of the evening courses!