At Airedale NHS Foundation Trust we believe that every woman and family booked to receive maternity care through our Trust should expect a high standard of antenatal education as it is an important and valued element of our maternity services. Physical, emotional and intellectual preparation can have a huge impact on birth outcomes and effective parent education can significantly increase the likelihood of a normal birth and a healthy baby – both are factors which will enhance the transition to parenthood.
Our classes are available for all women booked to receive their maternity care at Airedale. We offer a variety of classes and you can attend at any time during your pregnancy, but we suggest that between 28 to 36 weeks of pregnancy is ideal. Spaces are limited per class to ensure quality and therefore it is advisable to book early (how to book).
We would encourage you to bring your main birth partner with you to the classes. You are welcome to bring your own refreshments and a pillow for your comfort.
Parent Education sessions aim to be informative, fun, interactive, and an excellent way for you to meet other parents-to-be.
As a minimum, we recommend you attend:
Keep birth normal (approximately 3 hours)
The aim of the session is to enable participants to learn about the labour process and to find out about a variety of coping techniques to enable you to have a calm, confident and positive approach to labour and the birth of your baby. At the end of the sessions there will be opportunity to view the labour ward (called the ‘Stork Walk’). As this is a busy maternity unit, access to labour rooms may not always be possible.
Takes place most Tuesday evenings 5pm-8pm.
Caring for your baby: building a positive relationship (approximately 2.5-3 hours)
This session gives you information about how you can meet your baby’s needs and the importance of a close and loving relationship. It includes information about how a baby’s brain develops, feeding your baby and how you can help to get breast feeding off to a good start, with practical information including meeting the needs of a newborn and safe sleeping. The session is interactive, informative and fun!
Takes place most Thursday evenings & occasionally other dates 5pm-8pm.
If weekday evenings are not convenient, you could alternatively attend a weekend workshop taking place 9.30am-4pm on a Saturday (includes a break for lunch – food not provided). The weekend workshop covers everything from the keep birth normal and caring for your baby sessions.
There is also a four week birth and parenting course which covers everything already mentioned as well as water birth, when nature needs a hand and life as a family to enable you to build friendships and support networks. It is suggested that you bring a pillow for this course for your comfort.
Takes place Thursday evenings 5-8pm. * Courses commencing January 2019 now open for booking*
Please do not book the Saturday workshop or the evening sessions if you are attending this four week course.
We also provide the following as standalone sessions:
Stork Walk (approximately 30 minutes)
The aim of the stork walk is to provide women and their birthing partners an opportunity to become familiar with the labour ward environment. As this is a busy maternity unit, access to labour rooms may not always be possible.
Takes place most Wednesday afternoons.
Water birth (approximately 2 hours)
This session will introduce water birth and the many benefits for you and your baby. This session will include a visit to the pool rooms on the midwife led unit. You will watch a water birth DVD and have time for discussion.
Takes place Friday mornings.
When nature needs a hand (approximately 1.5-2 hours)
This session will provide you with information about induction of labour and what happens when your birth needs assistance.
Takes place once a month, Friday mornings.
One to one sessions
we offer one to one sessions should you require specific support during your pregnancy.
These sessions can be booked by emailing us directly at email@example.com
Hypnobirthing course (approximately 2.5 hour session over 2 week course)
PLEASE NOTE: it is important to attend a Keeping Birth Normal Class PRIOR to attending a Hypnobirthing course in order to gain most benefit from the course.
Hypnobirthing is a complete antenatal training programme which makes a difference to birth for mums-to-be, your birthing partner, and for your baby. The course will teach you a combination of easy to learn methods including breathing techniques, deep relaxation and visualisation combined with positive thought and language to assist you to achieve a positive birth experience. Childbirth can be an empowering and positive event in your life – and one you want to cherish. Please note Hypnobirthing is a course and you will be required to attend both sessions to obtain the full benefit of Hypnobirthing.
Takes place – varies each month.
NEW February sessions: Wednesdays 6th & 13th 17:30 – 20:00 FULL Fridays 8th & 15th 13:30 – 16:00 FULL Wednesdays 20th & 27th 17:30 – 20:00 FULL
NEW March sessions: Wednesdays 20th & 27th 17:30-20:00 FULL Fridays 22nd & 29th 13:30-16:00 FULL
NEW April sessions Wednesdays 3rd & 10th 17:00-1930 Thursdays 25th & 2nd May 17:00-1930. Please note earlier start time.