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    Tuesday, 21 July 2015 16:28
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    Thursday, 14 May 2015 12:54
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    Friday, 10 April 2015 17:50
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    Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:49
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    Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:41
  • Pelvic floor exercises

    Wednesday, 11 February 2015 17:20
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    Wednesday, 11 February 2015 17:11
  • Antenatal Classes

    Monday, 03 June 2013 09:34
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    Thursday, 30 June 2011 13:52

Antenatal Classes

Antenatal_ClassesAntenatal classes are informative sessions provided to prepare expecting parents for the birth of their child and the early days of being a parent.

Most antenatal classes are run by Midwives and occasionally by Doctors and other allied health workers like physiotherapists. They are generally group classes, held on weekday evenings or on Saturdays and consist of approximately eight, two hourly, sessions for the evening classes or a full or half day workshop on Saturdays. Some teachers also offer private classes.

Antenatal classes should cover the following information:
  • The final weeks of pregnancy and how your body is preparing for the birth. How to cope with the discomforts experienced in these final weeks.
  • Everything about Labour and a Vaginal Birth.
  • Pain and how to cope with it, as well as pain relief options.
  • Complications and the necessary interventions to ensure a safe birth.
  • Caesarean Birth.
  • Post Natal recovery.
  • All about the baby at birth.
  • Breast and formula feeding.
  • Basic baby care like bathing, dressing, nappy changing, burping etc.
  • Basic First Aid.
  • Preparing the home for a baby.

Group classes may include guest speakers, group activities, birth DVD's etc. Some teachers even divide a session or two into a moms only and a dads only class. Private classes normally consist of two sessions and are adapted to the individual needs of the parents to be. Private classes can be very beneficial for a woman who is needing a caesarean birth or for couples where one of them may have a child from a previous relationship. Parents to be often attend private classes due to time constraints and even due to privacy issues.
When making a decision about the classes you would like to attend take note of the following:
  • Are they run by a qualified antenatal teacher?
  • Are you comfortable in a group environment?
  • Are you hoping to meet other parents to be?
  • Do you prefer privacy?
  • What support does the antenatal teacher provide after the birth?
  • Is the antenatal teacher affordable?
  • Does your medical aid contribute towards the cost of antenatal classes?

To find a good antenatal teacher speak to your Dr or Midwife; ask friends who have attended classes. Word of mouth is often the best way to find someone good. Also contact the hospital where you will be giving birth as they sometimes offer classes too. Once you have a few names, contact them and discuss your needs with them. The antenatal teacher you instinctively feel most comfortable with would be the one to choose.