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the antenatal course

Feel confident and supported with balanced and comprehensive antenatal courses delivered by local specialists in Bristol.

Scroll down to explore the full details of our expert-led antenatal course.

We recommend that you start your antenatal course when you are between 28-32 weeks of your pregnancy.

 
 
 

bump to cradle antenatal course

the birth

 
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DESCRIPTION

Our expert midwife will talk you through normal labour and provide guidance on preparing your body for labour. She will cover vital questions such as when to go into hospital and what to expect, the stages of labour, coping strategies for pain and anxiety and how progress is assessed. She will also cover water births, home births, non-pharmacological pain relief, management of the third stage of labour, cord clamping, the role of the partner and immediate postnatal care.

 

covers

  • Preparing your birth plan + understanding your options

  • The stages of labour and what this means for you

  • Pain relief and relaxation during labour

  • Life with a newborn

 
 

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Intervention + pain relief

 
 

DESCRIPTION

An insightful and evidence-based introduction to medical intervention in labour and pain relief. Our Obstetrician will provide a comprehensive guide to what to expect in the case of induction of labour, instrumental deliveries (ventouse and forceps), caesarean section, breech babies and twins and more. You will also learn about the full range of pain relief options in labour from the humble paracetamol and TENS machine through to epidurals and spinal anaesthesia.

 

covers

  • Induction

  • Ventouse + forceps delivery

  • Caesarean section (planned + emergency)

  • Pain relief options

 
 

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your body

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DESCRIPTION

Our resident Women’s Physiotherapists are specialists in antenatal and postnatal care as well as experts in advising on labour positions to facilitate pain relief and natural birth where possible. Learn how to take care of your body in pregnancy, including specific musculoskeletal problems, perineum care, pelvic floor rehabilitation and receive guidance guidance on postnatal recovery and safe return to exercise.

 

covers

  • Exercise in pregnancy and postnatally

  • Pelvic floor care + rehabilitation

  • Labour positions

  • Perineum care

 
 

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Newborn care

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DESCRIPTION

Our expert paediatricians will talk you through what to expect during and after labour, from the medical perspective, including understanding the Apgar score, labour room equipment, reasons for admission to a special care baby unit. Also understand the first day baby check and learn to recognise some common issues including weight loss, meconium, jaundiced babies and dry skin. Understand what is normal and abnormal in the first few weeks and when to seek medical attention. Preventing SIDS, first aid. Cord care.

 

covers

  • Labour + recovery for your baby

  • Special care babies

  • Common newborn concerns + what to do

  • Safe sleep + newborn first aid

 
 

bump to cradle antenatal course

your emotional health

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DESCRIPTION

New parenthood is a challenging time and at Bump to Cradle we do not underestimate the effect that it can have on both parents’ emotional health and wellbeing as well as the impact that this can have on relationships. You will learn strategies to cope with the emotional rollercoaster that is parenthood and understand what is ‘normal’, how to recognise when you might need more support and where to find it.

 

covers

  • Recognising what is ‘baby blues’ (and what is not)

  • Coping with the unexpected

  • Supporting your partner

  • Coping strategies for anxiety

  • Matrescence

 
 

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feeding your newborn

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DESCRIPTION

Feeding your baby is bound to be pretty high up on your list of things to learn about as you approach new parenthood! Consistently one of our most popular sessions, our feeding experts will deliver non-judgmental advice on breast and bottle feeding, when and how much to feed your baby, winding, expressing and storing milk. You will also learn to recognise some of the common feeding problems such as low milk supply, oversupply, nipple pain, mastitis, tongue tie and where to go for support. 

 

covers

  • Breastfeeding technique - achieving the perfect latch

  • How to introduce a bottle + combination feeding

  • Expressing + storing breast milk

  • Common problems and how to solve them

 
 

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And so to bed.

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DESCRIPTION

Sleep deprivation in the early days of new parenthood is one of the major concerns that our parents-to-be talk about and we aim to equip you with the practical tools to recognise and respond to your baby’s unique needs. Understanding your baby and their sleeping needs and patterns will help you to establish a healthy and effective bedtime routine that works for both your baby and you. We will also talk about the safest and most effective products and nursery kit to have to help settle your baby and ensure peaceful sleep for the whole family!

 

covers

  • Recognising sleep cues

  • Settling a restless baby

  • Understanding a newborn’s sleep patterns

  • Safe co-sleeping

  • The Lullaby Trust