Antenatal Classes

FULL ANTENATAL COURSES

Are you expecting a baby in the coming months?

Learn all about your options for birth with an antenatal and birth expert!

These excellent antenatal courses are taught by Doula, and best-selling author & podcaster Sallyann Beresford, who has successfully supported 1000’s of couples over the last 20 years to achieve a positive birth experience. She has personally attended over 600 births in homes and hospitals – so it’s fair to say she knows a thing or two about achieving the birth you want, and the role that your birth partner plays.

The teaching is modern, non-judgemental, and fun.  All of Sallyann’s services are provided by her personally so she can guarantee the quality and content of classes. She teaches and advocates for all types of birth, so the courses are not tied to a particular ‘type’ of birth – she will guide you through making decisions that only have your best interests at heart.

 

Watch this video to hear why parents recommend us.

Working with hundreds of birthing women has shown me that there are just 3 key principles behind having a positive birth experience – I will share this with you and more.

This course will equip you with all the knowledge you need to have a positive birth experience, as well as giving you a wide range of skills to support both high and low-risk birth scenarios.  The techniques I teach are 100% relevant for all course attendees, and by keeping it simple you will remember these skills on the day of your birth.  

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Antenatal courses – £250

A deposit of just £50 will secure your place

(balance due 4 weeks ahead of your course)

 

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

Birthing isn’t just about mums! In this session we look in detail at how important the role of the birth partner is to the mother.  By sharing practical advice, birth plans and a wide range of information through each stage of labour, and exploring ways that the partner can physically support you in labour ensures that they always have a useful part to play in creating 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.

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These sessions 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 on Tuesday evenings between 6.45 pm – 9.30pm – At Silhillians Club – Solihull 

 

 

2022 COURSE DATES

 

 

January Course – Tuesday Evenings:

4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

 

February Course – Tuesday Evenings:

1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd

 

March Course – Tuesday Evenings:

1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd

 

April  Course – Tuesday Evenings:

5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

 

 

PLEASE NOTE: ANTENATAL COURSES CAN BE INCLUDED AS PART OF A DOULA PACKAGE – FREE OF CHARGE. 

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My training and experience of supporting both Vaginal and Caesarean births across the region mean that I am able to answer many of the questions and concerns that are unique to ‘higher risk’ pregnancies.

Jon

After using the doula service for her first child my wife suggested the birthability course when we found out we were having twins. I was sceptical at first, assuming it would be hippy breathing nonsense, but I could not be more wrong. The classes were fun and insightful, but most importantly, honest. Sallyann speaks from real experience and she really cares about all her clients. Though for me, her real skill is in developing the importance of the fathers role.

She helped my wife to have a positive mindset in order to give birth to our babies successfully, without pain relief because she understood her body and the birthing process more, even after having a previous pregnancy. Most importantly she gave me the confidence to be the best birth partner I could be; I held our daughter whilst supporting my wife through the second birth, I knew what to do and how; and that was all down to this wonderful lady!!   Thank you!! 

 

 

Emma

“I had planned a c-section  and booked an antenatal course with Birthability which was recommended by my friend.   They covered Caesarean Section, breathing and relaxation for my anxiety, and the role of the partner in detail.  In the end I went into labour 3 days before my scheduled date and we were so grateful that we knew what to expect as we were recommended to continue with the birth as it had begun naturally”.

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