Antenatal Education Classes
Antenatal classes and groups have formed a core part of maternity care for many years and aim to help prepare women and their partners for birth and beyond. The content of such classes is designed to help build confidence in women and expectant partners, empowering them during labour and birth. The antenatal education team in the Trust are here to help empower, support and inform you of what is available.
We are the pioneer Trust to offer virtual Antenatal Education sessions via ZOOM in Northern Ireland.
Our online programme encompasses Antenatal Education topics traditionally included in these types of sessions, strongly underpinned by the ethos of the Solihull Approach. The session content is divided into four classes, covering a range of key topics.
Our online antenatal education programmes continue to run twice weekly on Wednesday and Thursday evenings online.
- Additional workshops in SHSCT
- Breastfeeding Workshop
- Twins and multiple birth evening.
- Hypnobirthing classes.
- Active Pregnancy physiotherapy
We also encourage families to utilise additional parenting courses and programmes free through the Public Health Agency, Northern Ireland.
What happens in antenatal classes?
Classes are held weekly online during the evening, for around two hours. Birthing partners or friends are welcome to all of the sessions.
There are set classes for if you’re single, a teenager or if English is not your first language. Speak to your midwife about these.
The kinds of topics covered by antenatal classes are:
- Health in pregnancy, including a healthy diet
- Exercises to keep you fit and active during pregnancy
- What happens during labour and birth
- Coping with labour and information about different types of pain relief
- How to help yourself during labour and birth
- Relaxation techniques
- Information about different kinds of birth and interventions, such as forceps or vacuum delivery
- Caring for your baby, including feeding
- Your health after the birth
- Refresher classes for those who’ve already had a baby
- Emotions and feelings during pregnancy, birth and after
Antenatal Zoom breastfeeding workshop
First Tuesday of the month from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
Email: Eitp.firstname.lastname@example.org to book a date with your full name, DHH, HCN number (found on your addressograph sticker and zoom name.
Instructions on how to use Zoom for antenatal classes can be found by clicking here.
Tuesday 3 January 2023 Tuesday 7 February 2023 Tuesday 7 March 2023 Tuesday 4 April 2023 Tuesday 2 May 2023 Tuesday 6 May 2023 Tuesday 4 July 2023 Tuesday 1 August 2023 Tuesday 5 September 2023 Tuesday 3 October 2023 Tuesday 7 November 2023 Tuesday 5 December 2023
Twins and Multiple Birth evening
Monday 26th September 2022 Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 838 4835 0732
Monday 28th November 2022
- Hypnobirthing classes
Active Pregnancy Physiotherapy
The Pelvic Health Physiotherapy service are here to support you through your pregnancy.
They are based at various sites across the Trust and offer advice on management of the minor discomforts of pregnancy including back pain and pelvic girdle pain related to pregnancy.
Mellow Bumps Online support group
This free confidential virtual support group for 6 to 8 ‘Mum’s-to-be’ will help you relax and get ready for the birth of your baby.
This supportive environment will give you the opportunity to share ideas, talk about how you feel about becoming a parent and address your fears.
We will focus your attention on what your baby can already do and what they will need in the future, share practical information and activities to get you to think about you and your baby.
The next six week Mellow Bumps programme will begin on:
Tuesday 9th January at 10.30am – 12.30 pm via MS Teams
Facilitators – Laura Neil and Denise Casey
Links to further dates of Mellow Bumps programmes:
- Useful links