The Antenatal Courses
£215 (or £50 deposit then instalments)
The antenatal course is a 4 week course on Saturday mornings at Nanfans Ballet School in Prestwood from 10am until 1pm or Saturday afternoons at Elizabeth House in Cookham from 2.30pm until 5.30pm. After the last session everyone usually goes for a pub lunch/dinner!
It covers what your choices are in pregnancy and labour, which includes everything from antenatal bonding, to the physiology behind birth and everything you could possibly prepare for when it comes to labour. This includes preferences for all types of birth experiences from the perspective of a midwife which I think is particularly important. It also includes full preparation for feeding your baby and for the crucial postnatal period and how to look after yourself. The course also prepares birth partners for every stage right through to postnatal and how to be the best birth partner possible!
It also includes ongoing 1-1 support by a midwife via email or phone until you have your baby and then in those first few days! Included is also all the materials for writing out your birth preferences covering all your options including helpful templates and a very thorough handout which covers everything we discuss in the course plus more, meaning that you don’t have to jot things down and can just relax and enjoy!. Plus – the course includes plenty of tea, biscuits and cake as all good things should.
Our reviews speak for themselves below, this really is an antenatal course with a difference. You will feel totally prepared for any eventuality whilst making a group of friends for life and joining a supportive local community of parents!
The Full Combined Course
The full antenatal course with all of the content outlined above, plus the postnatal course for you and your baby to enjoy together. This includes phone/text support in between as needed from a midwife and follow up emails with further information in between classes. It also includes all course materials and goodie bag plus a comprehensive handout!
Doing both the antenatal course and the postnatal course ensures that you get continuity of support from pregnancy through the postnatal period and get the full Village Midwife experience!
I know pregnancy can be a tricky time financially, so I do a single parent discount and a discount for anyone who lives in Prestwood! Plus I welcome payment by instalments, as long as it is paid by the first date of the course – just select the ‘deposit only’ option in the booking form. I also subsidise places on the course for those who need it, just drop me an email.
Antenatal course dates
4th April – 2nd May 2020
(4th/18th/25th April/2nd May)
30th May – 20th June 2020
(30th May/6th/13th/20th June)
25th July – 8th August 2020
(25th/26th July/1st/8th August)
5th September – 26th September 2020
7th March – 28th March 2020
6th June – 27th June 2020
Also available: Birth chat
Time to discuss your birth plan or preparations for labour in a 1-1 setting with a midwife, with support before and after as needed.
I fully understand (from being on the both sides of them!) that NHS appointments are limited in terms of time and sometimes you might have more questions that you want to ask than time allows! A birth chat means you can sit down with a midwife in an independent capacity (I know about the policies of local hospitals but don’t work for them so I can give independent, impartial information) and I can come to your home around your schedule! This can be with your birth partner or without!
The Village Midwife birth and postnatal plan templates are also provided if you want support with looking at your birth preferences which I am very happy to do!
Some recent reviews of the Antenatal Course: