The Course

''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 on a Bump to Cradle 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. 

   Week One

   Your Health


      Course Leads

      Pregnancy and Postnatal Specialist Personal Trainer 

      Women's Health Physiotherapist




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 Two

    The Birth 

    (partners invited)


       Course Lead



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.

    Week Three

    Intervention and Pain Relief 



       Course Leads






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 for You & Baby

    (partners invited)


        Course Leads






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.


GP: Physiological changes, physical problems - mastitis, wound infections, bowel health, pain management. Emotional health (baby blues, anxiety, post natal depression), managing expectations. Contact with your GP in the postnatal period including the 6 week check. Birth debriefing.

   Week Five

   Looking after a newborn

   & Feeding your baby



      Course Leads

      Sleep Consultant

      Feeding Specialist



What we cover


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 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.