Session 1

Looking after yourself

Antenatal teacher

Obstetric physiotherapist

Antenatal teacher

Your health

Nutritional guidance for 3rd trimester

Understanding labour hormones  

Optimal foetal positioning

Pre-eclampsia

Obstetric Physiotherapist

Your body

Keeping fit, exercise

Pelvic floor muscles

Common problems, e.g. back complaints

Perineum care

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

Epidural

Transition

Pushing

Delivery of placenta/ 3rd stage

Session 3

Medical intervention and postnatal care

Antenatal teacher

Medical intervention

Induction, why & how

Instrumental delivery

Caesarean section & risks

Apgar score and vit K

Other complications e.g. breech babies  

Benefits of skin to skin

From labour room to home

Postnatal care and common problems

Your emotional health

Physical issues e.g. lochia, healing

Session 4

Life with your 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)

Sleep & crying

What about a routine?

Meconium, urate crystals

Minor imperfections

Cord care

What your baby can see/ do / sense

What is normal, what is not

SIDS prevention

First immunisations

Session 5

Feeding your baby
Partners invited

Breastfeeding consultant

Feeding your baby

Breastfeeding: how it works

Positioning & attachment

Importance of skin to skin

Baby’s stools

Weight loss in first few days

Jaundice

Common problems and how to deal with them

Where to go for support

Bottle feeding and expressing

 Looking after yourself

Postnatal Nutritional advice