Baby Talk Antenatal 

Course Content

  • Meet your course mates

  • The third trimester – preparing for birth

    • The Pelvic floor

    • Perineum care

    • Relaxation techniques

  • Deciding where to have your baby

    • Homebirth

    • Birth Centre

    • Delivery Suite

  • Early labour – what to expect

    • Coping strategies at home

    • When to go to hospital

01   Birth Preparation and Early Labour

  • The process of established labour

  • Positions and breathing through contractions

  • Pain relief options

    • TENs

    • Gas and Air (Entonox)

    • Pethidine

    • Epidural

  • How to push

  • The delivery of your baby

  • The Golden hour

02    Established Labour and Giving Birth 

  • Caesarean Sections

    • What is a Caesarean section?

    • Why might I need one?

    • Can I elect to have a C-section?

    • The operation

      • What happens

      • Who is in the room

      • The risks

    • C-section recovery (inc. mental health)

    • Birth Preferences

    • Common questions

      • What else do I need to pack in my hospital bag?

      • Tips for a quick recovery

      • Will my future pregnancies need to be delivered by C-section as well?

      • Are there any benefits to having a C-section?

      • I’m feeling bad that I need to have a C-section…

  • Induction

    • What is an induction?

    • Why might I need one (or not be able to have one)?

    • Can I elect to have an induction?

    • The induction process:

      • What happens

      • The risks

      • Common questions:

    • How long can an induction take?

    • Is labour more painful following an induction?

    • Should I try my best to avoid having an induction?

 

  • Assisted Delivery

    • What is an assisted delivery?

      • Ventouse

      • Forceps

    • What might an assisted delivery take place?

    • Common questions:

      • What are the chances of having a repeat assisted vaginal birth in a future pregnancy?

      • What can I expect after having an assisted vaginal birth?

03   When labour needs a helping hand

  • Changing your baby’s nappy

    • How to change your baby’s nappy (practical)

    • What to expect in the first few days (meconium, umbilical cord, blood)

    • Baby Poop

    • How often should my baby poop

    • Colour, texture & smell

  • Washing your baby

    • Common skin conditions (baby acne, cradle cap)

  • Soothing a crying baby

    • Colic

  • Keeping your baby safe

  • Where can I get support?

04  The first 28 days 

05   Feeding your baby (Lactation Consultant)

  • Breastfeeding

    • The benefits of breastfeeding

    • Preparing to breastfeed before giving birth

      • How your body changes

      • Your first milk: Colostrum

    • The first few days

      • Building up your milk supply

      • Positioning and attachment

      • How often should I feed?

      • How can I tell my baby is feeding well?

      • Common questions

    • Looking after yourself

    • When mum can’t be there

    • Breastfeeding top tips

    • Support with breastfeeding

      • When to contact your health visitor

      • Where to seek additional support

  • Bottle feeding

    • Why you might not breastfeed

    • About Formula feeding

    • Expressing and storing breastmilk

    • Making bottles for your baby

    • How to bottle feed your baby

  • Feeding your baby

    • Winding your baby

    • Reflux

    • Allergies

06 Baby Sleep (Sleep Consultant)  

  • Infant sleep ecology and development

    • Realistic sleep expectations

    • Sleep cycles

    • Regressions

  • Recognising your baby’s sleep cues

  • Creating an optimal sleep environment

  • Sleeping safely

  • Bedtime routine

  • Techniques for helping baby settle

  • Mental Health

    • Baby blues

    • Postnatal Depression

  • Hormonal Shifts (inc. night sweats and hair loss)

  • Down there

    • Stitches

    • Hemorrhoids'

    • Perineum Soreness

    • Bleeding and discharge

    • Constipation

  • Weight and water retention

  • C-section Recovery

  • Your pelvic floor after birth

  • Where can I get support?

  • Questions to ask your doctor

07   All about you