''I was looking for a professional, non judgemental, realistic and friendly approach to provide me with factual information to give me the confidence to make my own choices.
Discovering Bump to Cradle was a huge weight off my shoulders and very refreshing.''
Amy and Ben, Bristol
What can you expect from
The Bump to Cradle Antenatal Course?
Each couple can look forward to receiving:
take-home course materials to peruse and revisit at your leisure,
a complimentary gift bag of goodies from some of our friends and sponsors,
exclusive nursery advice evening hosted by John Lewis at Cribbs Causeway - free to Bump to Cradle attendees,
exclusive pamper evening hosted by John Lewis at Cribbs Causeway - free to Bump to Cradle attendees,
a fully organised reunion.
A TYPICAL ANTENATAL COURSE STRUCTURE IS DETAILED BELOW
(PLEASE NOTE DUE TO SPECIALISTS’ AVAILABILITY, THE ORDER OF SESSIONS CAN BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
the birth and postnatal recovery.
Midwife and GP
WHAT WE COVER
Midwife: Preparing your body for labour. When to go into hospital and what to expect. Stages of labour, what are they, coping strategies, how progress is assessed. Water births, home births. Non-pharmacological pain relief, management of the third stage of labour. Cord clamping. Role of the partner. Immediate postnatal care, discharge home.
GP: Physiological changes, physical problems - mastitis, wound infections, bowel health, pain management. Contact with your GP in the postnatal period including the 6 week check.
Pregnancy specialist PT and Women’s Health Physio
what we cover
Personal Trainer: Exercising in pregnancy and the postnatal period. Pelvic floor and core. Addressing and preventing common problems such as back pain and pelvic girdle pain. Nutritional advice.
Women's Health Physio: Care of your body in pregnancy including specific musculoskeletal problems individuals may be experiencing, perineum care, pelvic floor rehabilitation, postnatal recovery
Intervention and Pain Relief
WHAT WE COVER
Obstetrician: General introduction to pregnancy and labour, Artificial rupture of membranes, fetal monitoring and fetal blood sampling. Induction of labour, instrumental deliveries (ventouse and forceps), Caesarean Section, breech babies, twins.
Anaesthetist: Pain relief in labour covering all aspects from simple paracetamol and TENS machine through to epidurals and spinal anaesthesia.
Postnatal Care and looking after your newborn
WHAT WE COVER
Paediatrician: Apgar score and resuscitation at birth. Reasons for admission to a special care baby unit. The first day baby check. Common issues including weight loss, meconium, jaundiced babies, dry skin. What is normal and abnormal in the first few weeks and when to seek medical attention. Preventing SIDS, first aid. Cord care.
Sleep Consultant: Organising your home - equipment and layout. What is possible to achieve in the first few weeks - arriving home and natural sleeping and feeding patterns. Advice for Dads on how you can be most effective. Settling a restless baby - Why babies become unsettled and how to calm them. Caring for your baby including nappies, handling, bathing, playtime and activities.
& Feeding your baby
Postnatal Mental Health Specialist
What we cover
Postnatal Mental Health Specialist: Talking relationships, expectations, coping strategies, peer support and Matrescence (becoming a mother - or father!)
Feeding Specialist: Non-judgmental advice on breast and bottle feeding, when and how much to feed your baby, winding. Expressing and storing milk. Feeding problems such as low milk supply, oversupply, nipple pain, mastitis, tongue tie and where to go for help.