Antenatal Classes

Why choose Birthability Classes

As doulas we are the only local teachers that regularly attend births at home and in all the hospitals across the region.   

We are therefore able to share our invaluable experience and knowledge of each unit, plus our top tips on what to expect in preparation for your labour. 

Click here for information about our Free Pregnancy Class

We cover information on:  Home Birth, Warwick Hospital, Heartlands Hospital, Good Hope Hospital, UHCW Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital, Birmingham Women’s Hospital, City & Sandwell Hospital, Serenity Birth Centre, Halcyon Birth Centre, Lucina MLU, Willow Suite MLU, Solihull Netherbrook MLU, Meadow Birth Centre and Worcester Royal.

Antenatal courses – 16 hours: £185

Including 3 months worth of FREE Postnatal support at our weekly coffee group

 

Our complete Antenatal courses will provide you with everything you need to know to support you through your birth and those early days as new parents.

As independent doulas we attend births on a weekly basis offering couples both physical and emotional support during labour.  Our wide range of experience has led us to believe that there are 3 key principles behind having a positive birth experience.  We are able to share these with you throughout our course, ensuring that you both leave the course prepared for all outcomes and feeling confident as you approach your due date.

Our course is held over 4 evening sessions for couples to attend.

We also offer 2 (optional) daytime sessions as part of your course & 3 months worth of FREE postnatal support

Week 1 – The journey of the mother

Looking at the pregnant body, the role of hormones, the 3 stages of labour, what decisions a woman might make during labour and different forms of pain relief – both natural and medical.

Week 2 – The journey of the baby

Exploring how the stages of labour affect the baby, how the baby navigates the pelvis, assisted birth and induction.  We look in depth at caesarean birth, and consider the options available to you.

Week 3 – The role of the birth partner

Discussing in depth how important the role of the birth partner is to the mother.  Practical advice, birth plans and a wide range of information about all the stages of labour, and what the partner can do at each stage to ensure a positive birth experience.

Week 4 – The early postnatal period

During this session we look at feeding methods, share top tips and answer any questions you may have about choosing the best method for your family.  We will look at the development of a baby and share with you a range of skills to help you during those first few days with a newborn.  This includes: safe sleeping, communication with your baby, common concerns of new parents, benefits of “skin to skin”and how to choose/use a baby sling.

Breathing and relaxation session

We invite you to join us for an additional daytime session (for women only) specifically tailored to support you no matter what type of birth you choose, this calm and relaxing session can reduce fear and give you skills that will be helpful for use in both the antenatal and postnatal period.

Postnatal support/reunion session

We invite you to attend our weekly coffee group sessions (free of charge) for 3 months postnatally. During this time you can ask the team for advice on many newborn issues such as sleeping, feeding, and day to day concerns/worries. Subject to availability, we can offer the opportunity to de-brief your birth with one of the teachers if required. As a group, you may wish to set a date that you all attend together allowing you the opportunity to introduce your babies and have a formal reunion.  (Please note our coffee group is held at Chase Meadow Community Centre, Warwick, CV34 6BT)

Whether you are birthing at home, in a hospital or in a midwife led unit, we will be able to guide you in the options that are available to you and teach you the practicalities of labour. We aim to teach your partner how to make a difference to your birth, and clearly define their role in supporting you from early labour through to the arrival of your baby – and beyond.

Our courses are non judgemental and designed to help you make the most appropriate choices for you and your family – this is your birth and should be done your way!

We recommend that you book your course to begin around the time that you are 32 weeks pregnant.

Courses held every month on weekday evenings between 6.45pm – 9.45pm.

WARWICK AND SOLIHULL COURSES

Solihull November Course – Mondays Oct 30th, Nov 6th, 13th and 20th – FULL

Warwick November Course – Tuesdays Oct 31st, Nov 7th, 14th and 21st

Solihull December Course – Mondays Nov 27th, Dec 4th, 11th and 18th 

Warwick December Course – Tuesdays Nov 28th, Dec 5th, 12th and 19th

Solihull January Course – Mondays Jan 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th

Warwick January Course – Tuesdays Jan 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th

Solihull February Course – Mondays Feb 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th

Warwick February Course – Tuesdays Feb 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th

Solihull March Course – Mondays March 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th

Warwick March Course – Tuesdays March 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th

PLEASE NOTE THIS COURSE IS FREE FOR ALL CLIENTS BOOKING OUR 1ST TIMER DOULA PACKAGE

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“Expecting Again”

Antenatal Course – 10 hours: £95

We are committed to supporting parents throughout their entire parenting journey, and we know that having a baby for the 2nd/3rd/4th time can be just as scary (sometimes more so) than it was the 1st time around.

These sessions will give you the opportunity to meet up with other parents who are “expecting again”, enabling you to make new friends whose babies are due at around the same time as yours.

During the sessions we will cover:-

Moving forward from your previous birth

We will discuss previous birth experiences, hopes/fears for the next birth, revisit the basics (hormones, stages of labour, pain relief – natural and medical) and look at which units might suit you now.

Introducing a new baby to the family

Baby’s experience in the womb, introduction and support of sibling, taking care of you in those early days (with another child to look after), feeding (including occupying sibling whilst doing so!)

Breathing and relaxation session

A daytime session (for women only) specifically tailored to support you no matter what type of birth you choose, this calm and relaxing session can reduce fear and give you skills that will be helpful for use in both the antenatal and postnatal period.

Postnatal support/reunion session

We invite you to attend one of our weekly coffee group sessions (free of charge) during which you can ask the team for advice on many newborn issues such as sleeping, feeding, and day to day concerns/worries. Subject to availability, we can offer the opportunity to de-brief your birth with one of the teachers if required. As a group, you may wish to set a date that you all attend together allowing you the opportunity to introduce your babies and have a formal reunion.

Courses held monthly

WARWICK AND SOLIHULL COURSES

Solihull November Course – Saturday 11th and 25th – (9.30am – 12.30pm)

Warwick December Course – Wednesday 6th and 13th (6.45pm – 9.45pm)

Solihull January Course – Saturday 6th and 20th – (9.30am – 12.30pm)

Warwick February Course – Wednesday 14th and 28th (6.45pm – 9.45pm)

Solihull March Course – Saturday 10th and 24th – (9.30am – 12.30pm)

Warwick April Course – Wednesday 18th and 25th (6.45pm – 9.45pm)

Solihull May Course – Saturday 12th and 19th – (9.30am – 12.30pm)

Warwick June Course – Wednesday 6th and 13th (6.45pm – 9.45pm)

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Pregnancy Yoga and Birth Preparation Classes:

Thursday: 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Held in Hampton in Arden, Solihull

These weekly pregnancy yoga sessions will support you physically and emotionally, and help you prepare for the birth of your baby.

Each week during the 2 hour yoga session, we will look at breathing techniques, and explore movements for labour which can help you prepare for the birth you choose. At the end we will share refreshments as we chat about our pregnancy experiences in an open and friendly atmosphere.

Book Now – For a half price trial session:- £6

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Home Birth planning session

1-2-1 class in your home

 

£110 – 2.5 hr session

 

Great births don’t just happen – They need to be planned!

 

  • Are you planning a homebirth or are you currently considering it as an option?
  • Do you have lots of unanswered questions – or perhaps you are worried that you don’t know which questions to ask in order to make the most appropriate choice for your family?
  • Have you attended a home birth group but would like personalised guidance for your own situation.
  • Are you experiencing negativity from friends/family/partner?
  • Wondering how you will cope with labour intensity?

If this is your first baby then you may feel that you are preparing for the “unknown” and are not sure how you or your partner will cope with the emotional, physical and practical aspects of giving birth at home.

As a second or third time parent you may be trying to deal with the emotions of your previous birthing experiences whilst trying to focus on being positive about your decision to birth in your own surroundings.

As doulas we are enormously privileged that one third of the births we attend are in our clients own homes.  As part of our doula package we facilitate a birth planning session, following which, our clients always tell us that they feel incredibly reassured and positive about their decision to home birth.    We have now decided to extend the availability of these sessions to “non-doula” clients, enabling you to discuss your options and help you to start putting plans into place.

During our 2.5 hour session we will:

  • Discuss your pregnancy to date and any previous birth experience
  • Talk about homebirth provision in your area
  • Discuss the practicalities of preparing your home for labour and birth
  • Consider the options of care for any siblings that may be around and prepare for a variety of birth onsets that may affect your choices of care for them
  • Review self help coping techniques as well as which medical pain reliefs are available
  • Look at your home environment and consider which rooms may be most suitable for labouring/birthing in
  • If you are planning a waterbirth, we can discuss pool hire and set up
  • Answer any remaining questions you may have

 

You will also be invited to join us at one of our monthly “Breathing and Relaxation” sessions 

If you would like to be joined by other family members we can discuss any concerns they may have and reassure them that this choice is the most appropriate for you, whilst also discussing the practicalities and reasons your midwife may suggest transferring your care to hospital.

Suitable for families booking a homebirth in Warwick, Coventry, Leamington Spa, Stratford upon Avon, Kenilworth, Solihull, surrounding areas and Birmingham

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