Birth and Baby Classes
If you are considering attending antenatal classes or baby development classes, but aren't sure what you need, please feel free to get in touch. I am happy to discuss information about your childbirth choices and child's requirements at any time. If you'd like to find out more you can take a look below to see if the questions and answers can help you.
"What if I can't do everything in a MummyNatal class?"
That's fine, you do just what you feel comfortable trying. We offer a variety of gentle exercise and plenty of opportunities for you to find out what feels right for you. If you don't want to do a particular movement, you don't have to. If you are at all unsure about trying out the birth ball movements or meditating, take a look at this blog to help you understand more about what we do in class.
"I've been pregnant before and already experienced giving birth, do I really need to attend antenatal classes?"
My MummyNatal courses are a mixture of first time expectant mums, and ladies who have given birth previously. Every pregnancy and birth is different, so our class helps you to focus on THIS pregnancy, THIS baby. The antenatal courses are also a good opportunity to take some time out from your busy life and everything you have going on with day-to-day life and really just focus on yourself and enjoy being pregnant, as well as connect with other local mums-to-be and make new friends.
"I already know that I'm having a Caesarean Section, so why do I need to prepare for childbirth?"
The relaxation skills and antenatal education we teach are transferable across any birthing situation, including a C section. And of course the mindful birth ball movements incorporated into a class are helpful for while you are pregnant, as well as for your postnatal recovery. We share general pregnancy education which applies to all types of birth, and we discuss the role of birthing partners too, all of which are just as vital for C-section mums as with any other birth. You can also see my blog piece for further details about Caesarian section choices.
"What should I bring to a baby massage or yoga class?"
Bring your usual changing bag and feeding supplies, some spare muslins, blanket and/or towel. If you choose to use any oils the towel will be helpful for when you wish to get your slippery baby dressed again! My course prices include refreshments, but you are welcome to bring your own drinks and snacks with you if you wish. All venues have access to hot water for warming bottles, kettles for making formula, and quieter areas should you wish to sit and feed privately.
"What if my baby falls asleep or needs a feed or nappy change?"
That is not a problem at all! This is exactly what babies do and we would never force a baby to continue with a class if he or she was tired or hungry or had a dirty nappy. If baby falls asleep you can still enjoy the mindful breathing or relaxations we do during massage and yoga classes... and your cuppa might be even more enjoyable if baby is snoozing! You are welcome to feed and change wherever you wish to, my classes are completely baby-led so your baby is our boss.
"My baby has additional needs/I have health issues, can we still do massage or yoga?"
Absolutely. If baby has an injury or additional need, we can work around this as needed in a massage class. For yoga if your baby has a specific need and has not yet been 'signed off' by the GP or hospital at the 6-8 week checks, then you should get this clarified before coming to class. Some of the positions may need to be modified to accommodate whatever your baby needs. If you are pregnant you should not begin yoga before 14 weeks, unless previously practising.
I've changed my mind, can I get a refund on the course?
Unfortunately I cannot offer refunds, as once you are booked on the course that payment is final. Refunds would only be offered in very exceptional circumstances.
If you'd like to know more about Baby Choices courses please contact Jenni.