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Parent Education sessions currently on offer

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.

Pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period are huge periods of change for yourself and your partner. Parent education sessions can help you plan the birth that is right for you. We share evidence-based information with you so that you can make your own choices and decisions about labour and beyond.

We encourage your main birth partner to attend these classes with you. If you are attending an online class, we can send a link to both yourself and your partner if necessary so please provide both email addresses at the time of booking.

How to book and classes on offer

Airedale Parent Education Classes

Please phone 01535 292411 or 01535 292412 to book classes. Please book as soon as possible after your 20-week scan. We aim to make our classes as accessible as possible so please let us know if you have any requests. If English is not your first language and you require an interpreter for parent education sessions we can arrange a 1-2-1 session, please email anhsft.parenteducation@nhs.net or ask when you phone to book the classes.

If there are reasons you cannot attend classes and would like to request a 1-2-1 parent education session you can speak to your midwife/doctor or you can email anhsft.parenteducation@nhs.net to request this.

 Available Classes

There are three Core Sessions which can be done online or face to face: –

  • Labour and Birth Workshop– Signs of labour, stages of labour, birth plans and birth partner support in labour.
  • Comfort Options and When Nature Needs A Hand– Pain relief options, water birth, induction of labour, monitoring in labour, forceps/ventouse births, caesarean section births.
  • Caring for Our Babies– Babies brains and bonding, nappy changing, bathing, feeding, safe sleep, post-natal mental health.

These are available as evening sessions over three weeks or all in one as a Saturday workshop. Online sessions are usually Tuesday evenings and face to face are usually Wednesday evenings.

Saturday workshops run once a month. These are face to face and include a stork walk (tour of labour ward)

Breathing and Relaxation for Birth with stork walk– A class looking at why breathing and relaxation is helpful for birth and breathing techniques which are practiced during the class. The class also includes a stork walk

This is a face to face class and runs most Wednesdays 11am-12.30pm.

Breastfeeding Workshop– This class covers benefits of breastfeeding, how to breastfeed your baby, expressing colostrum and breastfeeding in public.

This class is available online and face to face in the evenings every 2-3 weeks on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Upcoming classes

Airedale Antenatal Classes for April, May, June, July

Please see below for the dates of the parent education classes for the April-July period.

The face to face classes will be held in the Parent Education room on Ward 21 (the postnatal ward, B18) and the online sessions will be on Microsoft Teams. Please phone 01535 292411 or 01535 292412 to book these classes.

Please email anhsft.parenteducation@nhs.net for any further information required.

Please note the following classes include a tour of labour ward:- Breathing and Relaxation, Saturday Workshop and the face to face Comfort Options class.

Tues 23rd April 5.30pm-7.30pm- Online Caring for Baby Class

Wed 24th April 11.00am-12.30pm Breathing and relaxation class with stork walk in person

Wed 24th April 6pm-8pm- Comfort Options and When Nature Needs a Hand in person

Tues 30th April 5.30pm-7.30pm – Online Breastfeeding class

Wed 1st May 11.00am-12.30pm Breathing and relaxation class with stork walk in person

Wed 1st May 6pm-8pm-  Caring for Baby Class in person

Tues 7th May 5.30pm-7.30pm- Online Labour and Birth class

Wed 8th May 11.00am-12.30pm Breathing and relaxation class with stork walk in person

Wed 8th May 6pm-8pm- Breastfeeding Class in person

Saturday 11th May 10.30-16.00- Saturday Workshop of 3 core sessions in person

Tues 14th May 5.30pm-7.30pm- Online Comfort Options and When Nature Needs a Hand

Wed 15th May 11.00am-12.30pm Breathing and relaxation class with stork walk in person

Wed 15th May 6pm-8pm- In person Labour and Birth Class

Tues 21st May 5.30pm-7.30pm Caring for our Babies online

Wed 22nd May 11.00am-12.30pm Breathing and relaxation class with stork walk in person

Wed 22nd May 6pm-8pm Comfort Options and When Nature Needs a Hand in person

Tues 28th May 5.30pm-7.30pm Breastfeeding Workshop online

Wed 29th May 11.00am-12.30pm Breathing and relaxation class with stork walk in person

Wed 29th May 6pm-8pm Caring for our Babies in person

Tues 11th June 5.30pm-7.30pm Labour and Birth online

Wed 12th June 11.00am-12.30pm Breathing and relaxation class with stork walk in person

Wed 12th June  6pm-8pm Breastfeeding workshop in person

Saturday 15th June 10.30am- 4pm Weekend workshop in person (3 core sessions together)

Tues 18th June  5.30pm-7.30pm Comfort Options and When Nature Needs a Hand online

Wed 19th 11.00am-12.30pm Breathing and relaxation class with stork walk in person

Wed 19th June 6pm-8pm Labour and Birth in person

Tues 25th June 5.30pm-7.30pm Caring for our Babies online

Wed 26th June 11.00am-12.30pm Breathing and relaxation class with stork walk in person

Wed 26th June 6pm-8pm Comfort Options and When Nature Needs a Hand in person

Monday 1st July 6pm-8pm Caring for our Babies in person (a one off Monday instead of Wednesday this week)

Tues 2nd July 5.30pm-7.30pm Breastfeeding Workshop online

 Tues 9th July 5.30pm-7.30pm Labour and Birth online

Wed 10th July 11.00am-12.30pm Breathing and relaxation class with stork walk in person

Wed 10th July 6pm-8pm Breastfeeding Workshop in person

Saturday 13th July 10.30am- 4pm Weekend workshop in person (3 core sessions together)

Tues 16th July 5.30pm-7.30pm Comfort Options and When Nature Needs a Hand online

Wed 17th July 11.00am-12.30pm Breathing and relaxation class with stork walk in person

Wed 17th July 6pm-8pm Labour and Birth in person

Core Sessions

There are currently three core sessions on offer, each lasting around 2hrs. We encourage you to book all three as a course, although this is not mandatory. We have also introduced a Weekend Workshop where all three sessions are delivered in one day. This runs from 10.30 to 16.00 with breaks built in. Please see below for a brief overview of what they cover. If you would like to book any sessions, or to enquire about availability, please contact Single Point of Access team on 01535 292411 or 292412.

We encourage your main birth partner to attend any virtual sessions with you. An additional link can be sent for them if they are unable to be with you physically. Please provide both email addresses at time of booking.

Session 1. Labour and Birth
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.

Session 2. Comfort Options and When Nature Needs a Hand
The first half of this session will provide you with information about the pain relief options available to you both for home births and hospital births at Airedale General Hospital. This session includes information on water birth. The second half of the session covers induction of labour, what happens if your birth needs assistance and caesarean section birth. You are welcome to log off half way if you feel the second half of the session may worry you, but we encourage you to complete it so if any interventions are recommended, you are fully informed. As one of our recent participants said…
“This session provided a good insight to many possible outcomes in a way that eased my mind and helped me know that I’d be okay if my labour required any of them.”

Session 3. Caring for your baby: building a positive relationship
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 and practical information about meeting the needs of a newborn and safe sleeping.

Safe sleep for babies: advice for parents and carers

Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership have been working with parent education teams at Airedale Hospital and Bradford Royal Infirmary to produce this video parents and carers offering safer sleep advice:

Other parenting courses available in the Bradford district

Map showing the areas in the Bradford district

HENRI is a free 6-session programme helping you prepare for the arrival of your baby. The Henri programme is available to anyone who is pregnant and living in the Bradford district. Partners, friends or family are encouraged to attend alongside expectant mothers. HENRI also do courses about becoming a new family and understanding children’s behaviour.

How to book HENRI courses:-

Click here to book the preparation for parenthood course-

links.henry.org.uk/s4lbookingpfp

Click here to book the healthy family workshop-

links.henry.org.uk/s4lbookingworkshops

Click here to book the understanding children’s behaviour workshop-

links.henry.org.uk/s4lregisterinterest

You can also book through the FYI website which has information on antenatal and postnatal classes in the Bradford District:-

https://fyi.bradford.gov.uk/information-advice/family-relationships/parenting-programmes-for-families/

After applying you can contact the HENRI teams with the details below:-

Call 01274 008617

E-mail HENRY.Bradford@henry.org.uk

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3 different families with their baby

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Bookings

Bookings can be made via the Single Point of Access team on 01535 292411 or 292412.

Please book once you have had your 20 week Ultrasound scan.If you have any specific enquiries please email anhsft.parenteducation@nhs.net Ifyou are unable to attend a class please let us know as soon as possible so your place can be offered to another person and we can organise an alternative date for you to attend.

If you would like any information about our services in different languages or formats, please contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) on 01535 294019 or email anhsft.patientadvice@nhs.net

Feedback on the sessions

“I came out of the Breathing and relaxation session feeling much more at ease about birth. The class was relaxing and reassuring and Clare’s tone was really calming.” 

“Clare was so reassuring, knowledgeable and she really created a lovely environment (which can be tricky virtually). She’s filled me and my husband with confidence and has been able to really educate us on every aspect of a new baby. it’s been lovely listening to her first-hand experience and her knowledge of Airedale.”

“I would highly recommend these classes to anyone. Initially, I was apprehensive as they were virtual classes but they have provided us with a wealth of information and really allowed us to be more calm and informed nearing the birth of our baby. I think Clare made a huge difference to the effectiveness of the class and it has been lovely listening to her during the sessions.”

“The sessions were all informative, not patronising, laid back, could ask questions without judgement. Clare was interactive with the group. Really useful for first time parents especially.”

“Clare was lovely and very knowledgeable during the sessions. We were really happy with the sessions.”

“There was some valuable information on pain management and breastfeeding that will be really useful during the birth of my baby.”

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