The best time to book in for the start of the 4 sessions is between 30 -33 weeks. As I teach so many classes I have a bit of experience on when one should take a class when it’s to early and when it’s to late. The motivation to learn is not as great when the belly is small as when the belly is large and birth is a month away. Doing classes at this gestation keeps information fresh in your memory and most of what you learn is relevant for when your baby is considered term (37-42 weeks).
Class 1 Gaining Insight
This class is about getting to know the 4 other couples that are on the same journey and all around the same gestation (weeks pregnant). We explore the pelvis and baby – how does that fit though?? This is our first introduction to labour hormones and how they affect your labour. We look at the stages of labour and begin to dispel the myths (there are plenty) and teach you and your birth partner/coach to start looking at the positives. After supper we explore choices and watch an incredible birth video or two.
Class 2 Finding your power
Labour coping mechanisms commonly known as pain relief, this is the class that really grabs your attention. We look at all the possible non-medicated and medicated options for you to choose. This is all real now and this class is about finding your power. We learn coping skills the tools to promote progress and plenty of tips for the support person. After this class you will know about all the stages of labour as will your birth partner/coach. They will learn about their unique important and vital role supporting their loved one in a completely unfamiliar and challenging experience. Together we will build these skills and birth support people will be prepared for birth not just informed about its mechanics.
Class 3 Understanding the unexpected
By now you will have a total understanding of the process of birth so we add in those little curved balls and discuss common hospital policies and procedures – interventions (how to use them so they don’t use you). We discuss common ‘things’ that may occur in your labour and teach you to advocate for yourself with your care providers. We prepare for the possibility of having an unplanned caesarean section. After supper we have some fun discussing our strengths, weakness, and us what we have learnt about the journey and ourselves so far.
Class 4 Embracing breastfeeding and the Amazing newborn
Tonight is our last night and its party topics are breasts and bubs. This class helps the couple prepare for breastfeeding. The class will include practical advice on getting started, avoiding problems, and building confidence in those early days.
What do I do now the bub is here?? This class helps the couple prepare for those early days at home and the immediate post birth stuff. We discuss newborns and communication, feeding cues, cuddling, swaddling, sleeping expectations (or the lack of), and skills to help survive.
Birth Savvy classes
Run on a Saturday book at between 33 – 36 weeks
From the French savvy to know. Taught only by midwives
Our birth “Savvy Classes “ are for those who want to get the inside scoop on child birth. The aim is to educate you to know – to understand the choices you make and how these will impact on your birth. These classes will help you understand the process of birth and stack the odds in favour of having a positive birth experience reducing the need for intervention.
These classes are fun honest and jam packed with tips and tricks to have the best possible birth.
Run on Saturday’s in small intimate groups with a breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea provided. Get together once all babies are born.
This class offers those who are time poor a chance to pack it all in in one hit, meet other couples and have fun.
There are many situations in which private classes would suit you and your partner.
As all Labour with Love facilitators are experienced midwives we are able to understand what is required in preparing for different medical complications.
Private classes can be useful for women who have specific medical problems or requests.
Private sessions are for couples that might be time poor OR for women have previously had a traumatic birth.
Perhaps this is your partner’s first baby and you wish to prepare him for a support/coaching role.
Perhaps you hate group work
Whatever your needs Private Sessions can be tailor made to suit you. The program can be tailor made to you and your partner and family circumstances.