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
10% discounts off newborn/lifestyle photography with Rachel Burt Photography or Maisie Burt Photography
Half price off your first treatment with Chelsea at Heretaunga Acupuncture
Electronic handouts for most of the above topics and many more!
Infant CPR refresher session
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.
“Tere you have a kind and nurturing manner, and I could imagine you would be a lovely person to have at birth. So it was great to have the extra class that you put on for us with some practical tips about once you have the baby”.
“I thought I should share with others how kind and knowledgeable around birth and early parenting you are! Thank you for the support and guidance you gave my partner and I before the arrival of our daughter in September. You were honest and thoughtful. We appreciated that extra layer of care”.
“I had so much self-doubt about my ability to have a physiological birth. I come from a medical background and only see when things go pear-shaped. Tere helped by explaining the natural process of birth and self-help ways to get through, she encouraged us to be confident about our choices. I was empowered by our birth experience and didn’t think that was possible”.
“You are an amazing resource who helped us to achieve a great start to our new family.”
“Your classes made a huge difference to my experience of my baby’s birth, and I don’t think I can thank you enough.”
“I felt truly heard. I had so much fear around birth and becoming a mother, and you put our minds at ease...”
“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.”
“Funny, honest, genuine and full of knowledge and tips...”
“Kia ora Tere, Thank you for keeping it real for us blokes! You helped me understand how vital my role is as a support person and what we can do to support our partners. I appreciate how inclusive you made your class, I was apprehensive about coming to all of these classes, but I’m thrilled I did. Thank you for the both of us!”.