Session 1

Looking after yourself

Nutritionist

Obstetric Physiotherapist

Nutritionist

Your health

Keeping fit, exercise

Hormonal and physiological changes

Nutritional guidance for 3rd trimester

 

Obstetric Physiotherapist

Your body

Pelvic floor muscles

Common problems, e.g. back complaints

Perineum care

Optimal foetal positioning

Session 2

Labour
Partners invited

Midwife

Preparing you and your baby for birth

Signs of labour/ when to go into hospital

Different stages of labour

How to cope with labour

Non pharmacological & pharmacological analgesia

Transition

Pushing

Delivery of placenta/ 3rd stage

Session 3

Medical intervention and postnatal care
Partners invited (2nd part)

GP

Obstetrician

GP

Postnatal care and common problems

Your emotional health

Physical issues e.g. lochia, healing

 

Obstetrician

Medical intervention

Induction, why & how

Instrumental delivery

Caesarean section & risks

Other complications e.g. breech babies, pre-eclampsia

 

 

Session 4

Life with your new-born baby
Partners invited

 

Antenatal teacher

Looking after your baby

What to expect during the early days

How dads can help – practical tips & emotional guidance

How to look after your baby (nappies, handling, bathing, swaddling & soothing your newborn)

Meconium, urate crystals

Minor imperfections

Cord care

What your baby can see / do / sense

Sleep & crying

What about a routine?

Session 5

Feeding your baby
Partners invited

Breastfeeding consultant

Feeding your baby

Breastfeeding: how it works, positioning & attachment, the importance of skin to skin

Baby’s stools

Common problems and how to deal with them

Weight loss in the first few days

Where to go for support

Bottle feeding and expressing

Looking after yourself

Postnatal Nutritional advice