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09/06/2014 at 21:41
Evening! Taken from the list of suggestions of subjects to cover... Antenatal / parentcraft classes
Did you take any classes? Were they informative/helpful? How did you book them? Did you have to pay? Would you recommend them?
09/06/2014 at 21:54
We have just done our first Parent Craft (free NHS) class. I think these vary wildly between areas. Some of ours was useful, some of it I already knew from facebook/internet forums. It wasn't very interactive and only took an hour and a half of the supposed three hours. But it was free! It covered labour and pain relief in this session, I think next weeks covers things like feeding and generally caring for the baby. I didn't really click with any of the mums there but am fortunate that I have a good network around me and a good facebook group too.
NCT in our area was £300 which we didn't really have so decided against it.
09/06/2014 at 22:03
We did the NCT classes and would definitely recommend them. We chose the NCT classes over the NHS ones as in our area we weere only offered one 2 hour session which as first time parents we just didn't feel that would be enough for us
They were £160 for 18 hours worth of classes (don't think we would have done them if they were £300!) and we were one of 7 couples. A lot of things I already knew but they were really good for learning more in depth about things, meeting other parents and think they were especially useful for the dads.
09/06/2014 at 22:18
We did NHS classes, they were ok nothing new really but the NCT ones seemed a lot of money. I've made some great friends who I still see. I'm hoping to do lazy daisy classes this time so I can learn more about breathing & relaxation in the hope of a smooth home birth
09/06/2014 at 23:02
Baby brain, completely forgot I am doing the Lazy Daisy classes! They are great for breathing techniques (got me through my ECV!) and for learning to relax.
09/06/2014 at 23:09
We did the nhs active birth classes and parentcraft
Active birth was from 20 weeks and helped to prevent pgp and spd by teaching ways to move etc
Parentcraft was brilliant it was 4 classes
We learnt loads and loved it
10/06/2014 at 06:14
We did an active birth class at my local hospital when we were 31 weeks with O....It was a full day session on the MLU where I gave birth and we found it really really useful. It covered the whole labour and birth process (latent and active phases, what happens during birth etc, pain relief, cord clamping, aromatherapy, positions for labour, how partners can help during labour etc etc). It also incorporated a tour of the facilities at the hospital (both MLU and delivery suite) so it helped prepare us for the big event ! We found it really useful and we did learn stuff I wasn't aware of from Hitched BT. My H in particular found it v useful. It wasn't really an opportunity to make friends sadly but you do make friends d's at groups when you have baby as baby lies are a great conversation starter. I wasn't paying silly money for nct to effectively buy some friends.
We've big dome any classes this time as not felt the need and time is difficult around O and H's work pattern
10/06/2014 at 10:03
I am currently doing parentcraft classes through the NHS.
I also get four 2 hours sessions so thought it wasn't worth NCT prices to do any extra. The first one was on labour and birth, second is on pain relief and less natural births (cs, ventouse, forceps), thrid is on breastfeeding and fourth is aftercare.
My first session was good, I didn't learn much new information but a lot of the other people there seemed horrified/surprised/disgusted by a lot of the labour and birthing info haha so maybe being on here has taught me more than I realised!
H found them useful and I think talking about it with a professional has made him realise we are actually going to come home with a baby soon. He even answered questions which is very out of character so he must have been listening and everything!
I am attempting to go down a hypnobirthing route self taught so I am skipping the pain relief session on advice from the book. I do know the options already and I have an idea of what medical interventions are likely so I am not deliberately blinkering myself. I have concerns about my heart also so had already decided that unless it's necessary I will be avoiding drugs to make sure I'm not putting it under any extra stress. H isn't so much into the hynpbirthing idea though so I will be going it alone!
I don't think I will meet any lifelong friends at the classes which I think happens more at NCT but I guess it depends on who else is there.
10/06/2014 at 11:14
We did the NCT classes. I think they were £180 for 7 weeks which incuded a breastfeed class.
I didnt learn much more than I had learnt from here or else where on the internet! We learnt lots about the different pain releif options and the pros and cons but when it came to it, i just wanted to pain gone so didnt care what i had! :-)
I think it was very beneficial for the partners. they obiously dont join forums or do as much internet reseach so it was very infomative for them and there were a few eye openers!!
The biggest benefit is the people you meet. we still meet up with all the mums and babies once a week and this weekend we were at one of their houses for a BBQ with partners and babies. It was encouragement to get out the house too!
We set up a private FB page too which was great in the early days for posting questions at 4am and getting instant replies!
10/06/2014 at 11:18
We didn't do any classes except the breast feeding class. All the classes offered were at 10 in the morning and I couldn't leave work as I was so busy. Lo is 14 weeks tomorrow and thriving. Labour was fantastic and the midwives just went through everything when required.
10/06/2014 at 11:32
NCT don't offer classes where I live, but we did the course of four NHS classes, which were pretty much as others have described. "Normal" labour, assisted labour, breastfeeding and newborn care. I didn't really learn anything that I hadn't already read in my pregnancy books and the two hour long classes in the boiling hot heatwave over dinner time were not the most pleasant! The only useful thing I learnt was when exactly they define that you are in labour, and when to phone the hospital. Other than that, complete waste of time. I wouldn't bother going for a second baby.
10/06/2014 at 11:50
I couldn't find anything about nhs ones in my area so I've paid for nct classes. My course is made up of two Saturdays from 10am to 4pm and two Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. I've organised it more for my husband than me as he has zero clue or experience about babies. I also have a 3hr nhs physio class I was told I had to attend (due to ongoing health issues) - however they've moved me onto a later course than originally given so not sure it'll be much use by the time I go!
10/06/2014 at 12:05
I didn't do them.
When I was pg with C, my MW was keen for me to do some classes, as I was "only 18". I told her I didn't need to be taught how to give birth, "it's natural, innit". I only made it to 27 weeks anyway. When my MW visited, I said "check me out, I had a baby without going to your damn classes" My Mum looked like she wanted the ground to swallow her up.
When pg with J, I had the same MW, and she remembered me, even after 7.5 years, and said "i'm not even going to ask if you want to go to the classes", haha.
The social aspect didn't appeal either. I have plenty of friends, and I only like my own kids, so the thought of having Mummy and Baby meetings makes me shudder.
10/06/2014 at 12:13
Same as AK on the friends thing. I didn't need to make new friends. I have plenty of friends with and without babies.
10/06/2014 at 17:14
The NCT ones in our area were also £300. I understand there must be higher costs in certain places but £120 extra seems ludicrous to me!! We don't have a low enough income to qualify for any discount but we certainly find £300 incredibly steep. I would have happily paid £180.
So we did the free NHS ones with A. They were two hours one Monday and then another 2 hours the following Monday IIRC. I found them fairly informative, although I knew most things from on here (well, the old Baby Talk on Hitched) and my own research.
After I had A, I did a course of postnatal yoga and really enjoyed it, so this time round I'm doing the prenatal version. It's great for second-time mums IMO as you still get snippets of birthing information (especially if you are hoping for a more 'natural' birth i.e. don't need a section as far as you know) and the exercise is good and designed to help with birth.
10/06/2014 at 17:43
We did not ones first time round as none of our friends have babies. They were quite interesting and our teacher was good. It made us think of lots of things we hadn't, but there were also bits we already knew. When k was here we met up each week with them, but unfortunately they haven't kept in contact since. This time we have been thinking about doing the NHS ones. We missed our last nct session on breastfeeding and as we were in the hospital then hospice missed out on the aftercare and had home visits weekly from our health visitor so we would really like to go to the sessions about this. I think we will do all the sessions as there's only 3 plus one women only one morning for breastfeeding. Our midwife has offered to do ones at home with just us if we feel uncomfortable talking to others about k, but we're going to have to do that at baby groups if people ask so may as well start as we mean to go on! I'm planning on going to pregnancy yoga as well.
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