Stoke-on-Trent – Midwife Hosted Antenatal Classes

£125 (Pay deposit now of £25.00)

These classes are held in Stone, Stoke-on-Trent, with midwife Gemma. After completing your booking, Gemma will be in contact regarding your course and options for paying the balance of your course costs.

One booking covers both one expectant mum and one birth partner.

Evening classes run from 7.15-9.30pm, weekend classes run from 2pm-6.30pm.

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

Each session is informal & as interactive as you wish it to be. Please don’t be nervous. The content has regular pauses allowing  allowing you to ask questions of your host midwife and chat to the group. The sessions cover the core topics of: Labour & birth, Pain relief & coping methods, Feeding your baby, Life after birth.

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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

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Dates

12th, 19th, 26th Jan, 2nd Feb (Wed), 23rd Feb, 2nd, 9th, 16th Mar (Wed), 13th, 20th, 27th April, 4th May (Wed), 25th May, 8th, 16th, 22nd June (Wed)

Reviews

Highly recommend to new mum's and dad"s to be. Gemma is a lovely person very approachable and experienced midwife. This course is definitely worth the money. Great way to expand... read more

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Zoe F.

These classes take you through everything from pain relief options in labour to feeding, bathing and looking after your baby. Gemma is fantastic and there are no awkward role play... read more

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Claire P.

Classes at Trentham with Gemma. We weren't sure what the classes would be like but enjoyed every session! Information provided was perfect and such a lovely and welcoming set up.... read more

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Ceri M.

we were on the course in Trentham with Gemma and it was great. We learn a lot of things and solved our doubts, giving us confident for the big day.... read more

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Roci A.

The course is amazing. It was so informative and me and my husband got so much out of it- we looked forward to going every week. Gemma was fabulous, she... read more

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Rosie W.

I used both the antenatal classes and the hypnobirthing class before the birth of my first baby in February.
The hypnobirthing session was very practical and with Freya being an experienced...
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The course is amazing. It was so informative and me and my husband got so much out of it- we looked forward to going every week.
Gemma was fabulous, she...
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Rosie W.

Gemma explains everything super clear and doesn't leave you stay in doubts. She helped us a lot so we are more confident and aware of what is coming, the options... read more

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Rocío d.

My husband and I booked classes with Expecting when I was around 30 weeks pregnant. Due to the pandemic, we were given several options of how we could join the... read more

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Victoria P.

The Expecting Classes were incredibly informative and thanks to this knowledge and to the amazing tutor Gemma I had been put more at ease during and after a not so... read more

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Amy J.

We would highly recommend these classes. We were first time parents and learned so much. Some excellent tips which helped before during and after the birth. We would like to... read more

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Olly O.

The course is amazing at Trentham. It was so Informative and me and my husband got so much out of it- we looked forward to going every week. Gemma was... read more

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Rosie W.

Absolutely fantastic course that really is a must for expectant parents. The classes are divided into easy to follow sections each week and the content is clear and concise.

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Jody N.

The classes are absolutely fantastic and worth every penny. You will finish the course like we did not wanting it to end. The 4-part video presentation by Freya was very... read more

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Dave J.

Me and my husband attended the expecting course run by Sarah (who was also our midwife) in Wolverhampton in July 2019. I cannot recommend her highly enough. Our daughter is... read more

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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 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!