Course content

One to one, private and refresher courses are tailored to fit the needs of the client. Cost 50 euros per hour.

As of 2011 courses will now begin on a monthly basis and will consist of one full Saturday plus 3 Tuesday evenings

Week 1 – Saturday from 9.30 – 15.30

All About Labour and how to support the labouring woman

After meeting and learning a little about each other in your group we will explore any worries, anxieties and questions you bring with you from your culture and background.

  • What do you really need to know about labour and birth to make this a positive experience for you both?
  • Based on the feedback from your group we plan the subjects for today

SOME IDEAS……

  • How do our beliefs shape our choices for place of birth and choice of caregiver?
  • How does your choice of caregiver influence how you manage your labour?
  • Hormones and Environment – the key to a straight forward labour
  • When you should go to hospital or call the midwife?
  • What labour is like physically and emotionally?
  • How you can cope, pace yourself and conserve your energy in order to get through those 10 cms!
  • What forms of pain management are available both self-help and drug-related – pros and cons
  • What will I feel when I need to push my baby out?
  • What positions will optimise and shorten second stage, thus avoiding ventouse and episiotomy
  • Learn some physical skills such as breathing techniques, visualisations, massage and positions

Changing our attitude and understanding of labour pain. We will examine how a woman’s body is designed to give birth and consider how we have achieving this birth for millions of years. We will look at how to create a birth environment to assist a successful labour and what factors influence the hormones we need to birth well. You will also learn about breathing awareness; how to alter your breathing to avoid exhaustion and maintain control. As well as recognising tension and letting go where it is not needed. We will combine breathing with massage and positions for labour that can ease the pain and speed up the process.

Week 2 – First Tuesday evening

STAYING SAFE – Induction (when your baby is overdue or labour slows down) and when is a ceasarean necessary?

There are times when medical intervention may be necessary. Understanding why goes a long way to reducing stress and disappointment. Exploring medical intervention in a positive way allows parents to continue to use their coping strategies they have learned for a normal labour. Statistically 65% of first-time births are medicalised. First babies are generally born a little late – i.e. after 41 weeks.

  • Is induction really necessary?
  • What does the research actually tell us?
  • Why might a baby need to be born by ceasarean?
  • What do you wish to know?
  • How can we optimise bonding and breastfeeding following a ceasarean birth?
  • How do we keep babies safe during labour?

All of this doesn’t mean we can’t use our lovely relaxing coping strategies. So bring back your pillow and enjoy some more massage, relaxation, visualisations. Try out some active positions and circular dancing to help move your baby down into the pelvis.

Week 3 – Second Tuesday evening (for the women only)

This is a chance for the ladies to get to know each other in a more intimate environment and make new friends and develop a support network. A chance to ask all those burning questions without the menfolk around. Explore the physical and emotional changes women experience after having a baby.

  • Pick up some handy tips to speed recovery.
  • What is normal? What is not?
  • What about sex, contraception?
  • how to buy a breastfeeding bra.. and many more…

Generally we have a bit of fun trying out belly dancing or making something from art to celebrate being pregnant and capturing this memory at this very special time. This is also a chance for Mum to raise any questions she has about her birth plan which she has discussed and written with her partner based on the last two sessions. This will then be discussed with her chosen caregiver before she goes into labour.

Week 4 – Third Tuesday

Life after birth

This week we will look at breast feeding your baby;

  • The first feed
  • What can we expect in the first few days?
  • How do I get the baby to latch on correctly?
  • How do I know my baby is getting enough?
  • Where do I get help if it all goes pear shaped?

You will discover what physically happens internally in the breast whilst feeding. You will pick up tips for avoiding infections and there will be a discussion on expressing and storing milk along with going back to work. We shall also explore where you can get help and support when feeding your baby.

The last part of the session is dedicated to the baby

  • What does bonding mean to you?
  • What can you do to make this an enjoyable experience?
  • Why do our babies cry?
  • Babies have emotional as well as physical needs.
  • Does colic really exist?
  • Safe sleeping?

Before wishing you luck with your imminent birth and new adventures we conclude with a ‘coming home with baby’ relaxation.