Saturday One-Day Antenatal & Early Parenting Class 10am to 5pm Mounttown Community Facility, Fitzgerald Park, Lwr Mounttown Road (near Monkstown/Dun Laoghaire) Next class Saturday 4th November 2017
Feel empowered and comfortable taking an active role in decision making for your birth with easy skills you'll learn in class. Find out a wealth of information rarely offered in other antenatal classes. Learn how women's bodies work best in labour. Learn how the maternity system works and how your needs can be met within it And your birth partner will have the very best preparation to help with labour and afterwards.
Extras include a tour of a labour ward and Cuidiú membership for breastfeeding and parenting supports. Free parking and lunch also included. Special Baby Massage offer of €65 for 4-week Course for Cuidiu and antenatal course clients. Cuidiú classes are different - they're all about empowerment. Private one-to-one sessions also available.
So much information is thrown at your once you're pregnant that it can be really hard to decide what suits you. Our Cuidiú One-Day Antenatal & Early Parenting Class helps expectant parents work out how they want to approach labour and birth.
Our class is practical, with lots of opportunities to practise positions, massage, relaxation and breathing for labour, as well as parenting skills such as nappy changing (on a doll!). The day is aimed at expectant mothers and their birth partners. Partners learning forms an important part of the course. There's lots of emotional support for this major life change, both from the teacher and the other parents-to-be in the class. See what others have said about the class below.
Class size is limited to 6 - 8 couples. This ensures plenty of time to ask questions, practice skills and get to know others to form new friendships as new parents.
Private one-to-one sessions are also available if the group class doesn't suit you or the dates don't work as well as Refreshers and VBAC sessions (after a Caesarean birth).
The content of a course may vary depending on the group's needs. Each group sets its own agenda at the start of class. Class outline: o What happens during the three stages of labour - how women's bodies work best o Comfort measures for labour: massage, rhythmical breathing, active labour positions, relaxation o Tips on how to give yourself the best chance of a straightforward birth, build your confidence and feel empowered o Exploring all your birth options and choices o Communication with midwives/doctors and how to make informed decisions o Looking after your pelvic floor o What to expect for a hospital birth, dealing with the unexpected, different kinds of births, how to have your needs met and what's available for pain management o The role of birth partners; what they need to know and how they can provide the best support - for birth and after o Post natal - getting breastfeeding off to a good start including information on access to Cuidiú's voluntary breastfeeding services and counsellors; postnatal depression; practical baby care - bathing, nappy changing and baby safety. to Antenatal and postnatal depression o The emotional side of having a baby and coping in the early days Class run by a qualified, experienced Cuidiú antenatal educator. Trained and licenced-to-practice by NCT (National Childbirth Trust, University of Bedfordshire and Cuidiú. Member of Antenatal Ireland.
€165 for mother & her birth partner Includes Comprehensive information pack Complimentary light lunch and refreshments Membership of Cuidiú for a year (worth €25) Free parking Labour ward tour arranged FREE postnatal support for breastfeeding & parenting with local Cuidiú branch including Baby massage course for €65 instead of usual price of €150 Upcoming dates: Saturday 4th November Saturday 9th December 2018 Saturday 13th January Saturday 3rd March Saturday 14th April
“Dear Anne-Marie, Thank you so much for everything. Imparting your knowledge, instilling calm, and inspiring me, give me confidence to give birth to my first child and everyone one after that - Rachel”
“I can’t imagine heading into birth without doing this course – and I was a bit reluctant to come – Dan”
“Excellent. Very informative and an eye opener. Rather than hospital-based antenatal classes which push a particular agenda. I found this to be open minded – Dee”
"I feel a lot more confident now. I really liked that technique for decision making. It makes so much sense. It was important to me that my partner learned so much. Loved the interactive type sessions - much easier to learn and remember things - Marie"