''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

Why choose The Bump to Cradle Antenatal Course?

  • Exclusive access to carefully selected experts to prepare you for birth and beyond

  • Honest, insightful and balanced course content covering the later stages of pregnancy, the birth and the newborn days

  • A fantastic opportunity to meet like-minded parents-to-be

  • A rather fabulous postnatal reunion (all arranged by us) 

  • Exclusive discount off our midwife-led Hypnobirthing Course

  • Early bird booking opportunities for our postnatal feeding workshops

Lovely extras include -

  • 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,

    £295 per couple

A TYPICAL ANTENATAL COURSE STRUCTURE IS DETAILED BELOW

(PLEASE NOTE DUE TO SPECIALISTS’ AVAILABILITY, THE ORDER OF SESSIONS CAN BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

   Week One

   the birth and postnatal recovery.

(partners invited)

      Course Leads

      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. 


    Week Two

    your health 

(WOMEN ONLY)   

 

       Course Leads

       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


    Week Three

    Intervention and Pain Relief 

    (PARTNERS INVITED)

 

       Course Leads

       Obstetrician

       Anaesthetist

       

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.


    Week Four

    Postnatal Care and looking after your newborn

    (partners invited)

 

        Course Leads

        Paediatrician

      Sleep Consultant

        

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.


   Week Five

   Emotional health

   & Feeding your baby

    (PARTNERS INVITED)

 

      Course Leads

      Postnatal Mental Health Specialist

      Feeding 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.