The Parent Prep course is a 14.5-hour antenatal course designed for expectant parents to attend together and is split between birth preparation and practical baby care.
The course runs over 7 weeks and is split between labour and birth preparation, and practical baby care – ensuring that you feel confident, ready and empowered not only for the delivery of your baby but also for caring for them once they are here.
The first 3 classes focus on labour and birth. We spend our time talking through all three stages of labour in their entirety – incorporating early signs of labour, induction, breathing techniques, pain relief options, active birth, water birth, instrumental delivery (ventouse and forceps), caesarean section, the importance of the birth environment, practical things birth partners can do and the vital role they will play, massage techniques, third stage management, plus more practical things like what to include in a birth plan (and why you should have one) and what to pack in your hospital bag.
The next 3 classes focus on baby care, and everything you need to know once your baby is out and in your arms. This includes (but is not limited to) newborn appearance, the importance of the golden hour and the benefits of skin to skin, postnatal checks to expect for mum and baby, how to wash, change and dress your little one, home safety, sleeping, fourth trimester, winding, holding, crying, calming, and postnatal mental health
Your final class focuses on infant feeding. We’ll discuss different feeding choices in detail (breastfeeding, expressing, bottle feeding breast milk and formula), anatomy and physiology, hunger cues, latch and attachment (for breastfeeding), equipment needed, common challenges encountered, current guidance around weaning, and more.
These classes are suitable for all birth plans and parenting choices, whether this is your first baby or not. My aim is to ensure you both leave feeling more prepared, ready, able to advocate for the things you want for your family, make fully informed choices and excited for all that’s to come.
Term duration and timings
The Parent Prep Course lasts 7-weeks, with each class on a Sunday morning (if you’re attending the Garforth venue) or a Monday evening (if you’re attending the Sherburn venue).
Garforth venue: The first six classes last 2 hours each (9:30am – 11:30am), and the final class lasts 2.5 hours (9:30am – 12 noon).
Sherburn-in-Elmet venue: The first six classes last 2 hours each (7:30pm – 9:30pm), and the final class lasts 2.5 hours (7:30pm – 10:00pm).
Austhorpe Photography Studio, 20 Springmead Drive, Garforth, Leeds, LS25 1JW.
Old Girls’ School Community Centre, 18 Kirkgate, Sherburn in Elmet, Leeds LS25 6BL
Garforth and Sherburn-in-Elmet are easily accessible locations, close to the M1 and A1 motorways in east Leeds. You can reach us in less than 30 minutes from across Leeds, Wakefield and York! The venues have plenty of free parking.
Who should attend the Parent Prep course?
The Parent Prep course is designed for mums and their birth partners and courses are organised by due date (enabling you to meet other couples due around the same time as you!)
How to book
Select a term from the list below and follow instructions.
Please get in touch should you wish to arrange a payment plan – this will allow you to secure your place, whilst spreading the cost a little.
The 7-week Parent Prep course costs £250 per couple.
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