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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 October Course – Mondays October 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd
Warwick October Course – Tuesdays October 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th – Full
Solihull November Course – Mondays Oct 30th, Nov 6th, 13th and 20th
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
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
Warwick September Course – Wednesday 20th and 27th (6.45pm – 9.45pm) – NOW FULL
Solihull September Course – Saturday 2nd – ONE DAY COURSE (9.30am – 4.30pm)
Warwick October Course – Wednesday 11th and 18th (6.45pm – 9.45pm) – 2 spaces left
Solihull November Course – Saturday 11th and 25th – (9.30am – 12.30pm)
Warwick December Course – Wednesday 6th and 13th (6.45pm – 9.45pm)
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
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:
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