Attending antenatal classes is a great way to absorb information about pregnancy, labour and birth and early parenting and to meet new people from Havelock North, Hastings, Clive, Haumoana, Napier and CHB areas.
I believe in wellness in pregnancy, normal birth and wholesome parenting by empowering families to make informed choices.
It's all about learning new skills and engaging your head and your heart as you make your journey into parenthood!
The courses are informative, informal, interactive and FUN. I encourage questions and open discussion. Classes offer an excellent opportunity for you to make new friendships and where as expectant mums and dads, you'll feel supported and educated in your new role as parents!
The course options are: Weekend Plus Courses (17 hrs long), Express Courses or One on One Sessions. Whichever option you go for you know the information be up to date and impartial.
For Weekend Plus Courses class dates and times check out the events loaded on my Facebook page here. Classes are held in Hastings and Napier. I also make special arrangements for Express 5 hr courses or one on one as the need arises.
Classes are run in collaboration with Hawkes Bay Parents Centre.
During the course we cover loads of topics! They include:
Pregnancy information: Terminology and anatomy, Optimal fetal positioning, Pelvic awareness and pelvic floor muscles, the role of your Lead Maternity Carer and the role of Support people, Birth plans.
Labour and birth information: Labour hormones, Signs of labour, Stages of labour, How a birth team works together, Informed choice, Normal forms of pain relief including water, homebirth and loving, caring support.
Interventions, procedures and medical forms of pain relief: Variations in presentation, Episiotomy, ventouse, forceps and caesarean section, Induction and augmentation, Artificial rupture of membranes, TENS, gas and epidural.
Life with a new baby: Characteristics of a newborn, Apgar Score chart, Vitamin K, Guthrie heel prick, Circumcision, Unexpected outcomes (explore "not knowing", "the unwished for" and the "unexpected").
Breastfeeding: Breast anatomy, Skin to skin and how a baby feeds at the breast, Getting the latch right, Advantages of breastfeeding, General breastfeeding information and Where to go for help.
Practical parenting: Making up a cot, Baby bathing, Layette, Infant car seat installation, Postnatal depression, Immunisation, Contraception, Safe sleep guidelines and SUDI.
The FULL antenatal package ALSO includes (Weekend Plus Course):
Membership to Parents Centre NZ for 12 months
Store vouchers and discounts and freebies
Electronic handouts for most of the above topics and many more!
Infant CPR refresher session
A pottle of Tui Baby Bum balm
Tour of our maternity unit (Ata Rangi and Waioha)
Hastings/Havelock North classes are held at Havelock North Family Centre (14 Middle Road, Havelock North).
Napier classes are held at Little Magpies (24 Leyland Road, Onekawa).
For class dates and times check out the events loaded on my Facebook page here.
The full antenatal package is $150* including membership to Parents Centre NZ for 12 months.
PS: I often get asked if this is this the only labour and birth preparation a family should be doing?
My course is designed to pass on information that is inspiring and engages your head and heart however it is also a good idea to engage your mind and body for birthing.
PPS: Not all antenatal courses are made equal!
I suggest when you're making your decision you look at the full package of what is on offer and not just the price. Just remember, you get what you pay for and that might not be as much. Do your research first!
PPPS: What is a Weekend Plus Course?
I offer a Weekend Plus Courses that is more than just a weekend.
The course runs from 9am to 3.30pm on Saturday and Sunday PLUS a tour of our maternity unit after class on Saturday, PLUS an additional night of class the following Wednesday from 6.30pm to 9am, PLUS a session of Infant CRP. It's great value!
"Bron was great, knowledgeable, friendly and fun! I will be recommending her to any of my friends who have bubbas."
"I am a midwife and now a mother. I attended Bronwyn's classes after withdrawing from another course where I was unhappy with the information being shared. I found the information shared by Bronwyn up to date, balanced and applicable. Even as a midwife I walked away with extra tools in my belt. I'd totally recommend these classes and now do to expectant mothers I care for." Sharnalee
“Thanks so much. You have made the classes exciting and enjoyable . You have made the whole birthing process seem so special.”
“You are an amazing resource who helped us to achieve a great start to our new family."
“Thank you so much for the great antenatal classes. We have thoroughly enjoyed learning with you."
“Your classes made a huge difference to my experience of my baby’s birth and I don’t think I can thank you enough."
“Thank you for the great antenatal classes. I feel that without the classes there is no way I would have had such a positive birth experience. So thank you for everything.”
"Great informative antenatal class today. Lots of important info that helped both me and my husband. Feeling more confident now. Thanks Bron and enjoy the rest of your own birthday."
"Bron is amazing, so lovely and easy to get along with! The classes are great whether you know some or little info! Highly recommend her classes another great aspect is meeting other parents to be!"
* prices are subject to change