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