How many couples on each course- will we meet a group of friends?
We aim to have 3-5 couples on each refresher course at a maximum. Because everyone will bring with them very different experiences of birth the first time around, we find that a smaller group than a first-time parents antenatal class enables everyone gets the most relevant information for them.
We have couples with all different age gaps on our courses, although we find the most common gap is somewhere between 2.5 and 3.5 years. During the course there will be an opportunity to meet other local second-time parents as well as spend valuable, protected time with your partner to plan for the birth and for the new dynamic of your family. We also encourage everyone to stay for lunch together (with or without your older children joining us), to exchange contact details and to arrange meet ups going forward, if you would like to.
Can we bring our older child along to the course?
The timing of the course is designed to help you to be able to arrange for family or friends to care for your older child, so that you and your partner can concentrate on the content and have time and space to discuss and make plans together. However, if you cannot make any other arrangements for your older child then please contact Rachel in advance to discuss. Older children are invited to join us for lunch at 13:30, if the person caring for them is able to bring them along (and either drop them off or join us too!).
Does the course include a discussion around our previous birth?
Before the course, Rachel will ask attendees to fill in a brief questionnaire about their previous birth and what they would like to take away from the course. However, the group nature of the course does not allow for detailed discussion around your previous birth experience.
If you would like to discuss your previous birth with Rachel in advance of the course, she offers private one-to-one birth discussion consultations in the privacy of your own home, at a mutually convenient time, at a cost of £85.
We’re planning a caesarean section- is the course suitable for us?
If you are planning a caesarean section, please let us know when you book. You are very welcome on the course, and much of the content (aside from the section on labour) will be just as relevant for you. We have specific planning tools for you to use to plan for the day of your caesarean and hospital stay, as well as for your recovery at home. However, if we have sufficient demand we may be able to run a separate course for couples planning a caesarean to attend together, to ensure that all of the course content is entirely relevant for you and to focus more specifically on areas in which you may have concerns.
Why choose to do an antenatal course the second-time around?