Cannock – Midwife Hosted Antenatal Classes

£125 (Pay deposit now of £25.00)

Midwife hosted antenatal classes in Cannock. After completing your booking, Your Midwife will be in contact regarding your course and options for paying the balance of your course costs. Classes run as weekend, half-day classes.

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Midwife hosted antenatal classes, in Cannock, to better prepare you for labour, birth & early parenthood. Four multimedia classes presented in an informal and relaxed atmosphere offering you an opportunity to meet other soon to be parents in the Cannock area. The course will be followed by a ‘class reunion’ organised by Expecting.

Course run at Create Community Church – easily accessed from Cannock, Walsall, Lichfield and all surrounding areas

Our Antenatal Classes in Cannock are informal & as interactive as you wish it to be. Please don’t be nervous. The video content will be paused by your host midwife allowing you to ask questions and chat to the group. The sessions cover the core topics of: Labour & birth, Pain relief & coping methods, Feeding your baby, Life after birth.

 

Full range of topics covered:

  • pregnancy
  • signs of labour
  • the latent phase & advice
  • what determines the length of your labour
  • going to hospital /calling the midwife
  • first, second & third stages of labour
  • what the birth partner might see
  • water-birth
  • when things don’t go according to plan

 

  • attitude towards pain
  • role of the birth partner
  • coping methods for early labour
  • natural pain relief
  • medical pain relief

 

  • skin to skin
  • breastfeeding benefits to mums and babies
  • sterilising
  • bottle feeding
  • SIDS (cot death)
  • challenges of breastfeeding
  • anatomy & how it works
  • expressing
  • breastfeeding and partners

 

  • how life is about to change
  • first hour with your babies
  • visitors
  • practicalities
  • first days with your babies
  • why do babies cry?
  • nappy changing
  • bathing baby
  • dressing baby
  • car-seat safety
  • insight into parenthood

 

 

Additional information

Dates

9th & 23rd January (Sundays)

FAQs

Can my (birth) partner come?

Yes! The course is designed for both of you and really helpful for (birth) partners. We don’t get you to do anything embarrassing so you can tell them to relax!

The cost is for both of you (one pregnant woman and one non pregnant birth partner).

Is the cost for one or two people?

The cost is for two of you (one pregnant woman and one non pregnant birth partner).

What’s the difference between Expecting classes & NHS classes

Expecting goes into far more depth than NHS antenatal classes.

NHS antenatal classes can be a little hit & miss depending on who has been asked to teach them.

There’s not usually an opportunity to meet others at NHS antenatal classes as they are large groups with different people attending different sessions.

NHS classes are free, whereas there is a fee for Expecting classes.

What’s the difference between Expecting classes & NCT (National Childbirth Trust) classes?

NCT classes are not necessarily run by midwives but rather mums who have done in house training with NCT.
All Expecting classes are taught & hosted by experienced midwives.

NCT classes are much more expensive than Expecting classes.

Expecting offers a no-nonsense balanced approach with no agenda when it comes to natural birth v caesarean or breastfeeding v bottle feeding.

Will I be asked to do anything embarrassing?

Absolutely not! There is nothing cringey about our classes! There’s no role play! There’s no expectation for you to join in discussions etc!

When can I sign up?

Any time after your first scan.

If you’ve left it really late you can still sign up for our online course & get instant access to our full course & even benefit from a video call with a midwife after baby has arrived.

How many weeks pregnant should I be when I attend the classes?

Our hypnobirthing class; any time from knowing you’re pregnant!

Our local classes/virtual classes; start them anytime from 27-34 weeks pregnant (as these usually last 4 weeks).

Our online course; ideally anytime from 30-38 weeks pregnant as you get access for a month.

I’m/my (birth) partner is going to miss one of the classes - what do we do?

You/they can just catch up in your own time; we can give you access to the session you missed & if it’s a virtual class we can record it & send it to you - either way, you won’t miss out!

I know I’m having a planned Caesarean section. Is Expecting still relevant for me?

Yes! We cover what to expect when you’re booked in for a caesarean & the aftercare.

Our feeding & early parenting sessions are still equally relevant.

Our hypnobirthing class can help keep you calm during pregnancy & be used in theatre during your caesarean.

Our classes are a great way to meet others at a similar life stage.

Does the feeding class cover breast and bottle feeding?

Yes indeed! We offer non biased information enabling you to make an informed decision & support you in your choices.

I’m a single mum, can I attend on my own/can I bring a friend?

Yes! We’ve had a number of single mums who have attended Expecting (alone or with a friend/family member) & always commented on how welcomed they felt. Expecting is a fantastic platform to gain support from one another regardless of circumstances.

Can my mum come?

The booking is for one pregnant woman and one non pregnant (birth) partner; you choose who that is & you’re welcome to bring a different person to different sessions.

Do I need to bring anything?

No, just an open mind & a listening ear! Refreshments are provided (please let your Expecting host midwife know if you have a severe nut allergy).

I’m shy/introverted - will I be expected to talk or put on the spot?

No, you can join in discussion as much or little as you like, or not at all. At the beginning of each session we remind everyone of our name but whoever you brought along can introduce you if you’d prefer.

I’m really squeamish - am I likely to faint/vomit?

We don’t show live birth videos! Some people feel squeamish talking/hearing about birth but in our experience this factual exposure prepares them well for the actual event meaning they’re less likely to faint/vomit on the day!

Should I make notes?

We provide course notes so you shouldn’t need to but feel free to if that’s how you learn best.

Are classes and courses still as relevant for same sex couples?

Absolutely! It’s important you’re both prepared regardless of gender/sexual orientation. We’ve had a number of single sex couples attend our classes.

What should I wear?

Anything comfortable! You’re only ever asked to sit or stand. We don’t ask you to move around in different positions or anything like that!

I/my (birth) partner needs to come straight from work, can we bring our dinner?

Of course! The classes are very informal - feel free to eat away! Some of our local classes have microwaves in the kitchen that you can use to heat food.

Can I still ask questions after the class/course?

Absolutely! Your Expecting host midwife is on hand to receive calls or text messages right up until your baby is 28 days old.

How does the reunion work?

We usually arrange a date & time that everyone can make at least 4 weeks after the last due date of the group.

We usually meet in a cafe/pub which has plenty of space for buggies & car seats.

There’s no agenda, just a lovely opportunity to chat & meet each other’s babies!

Our Zoom reunions work similarly but you can wear your pyjamas if you like!