FIRST TIME PARENTS - BECKENHAM GROUP
The Chancery Pub - Bromley Road
Classes run by open minded midwives that are informative, fun and relaxed. A great way to make new friends!
Monday evenings 7:30PM - 9:30PM
August: Aug 12th, 19th, Sept 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd
for babies due October - November
October: Oct 14th, 21st, 28th, Nov 4th, 11th, 18th
for babies due December - January 20
Contact us if you can’t make all the dates.
We are really flexible and happy to accommodate you in other groups or a private catch up session.
Week 1: Labour and birth.
Week 2: Coping Mechanisms: TENS, Hypnobirthing, Water Birth, Birthing Positions and Pain Relief - start WhatsApp groups.
Week 3: Different types of hospital birth including Caesarean, and the birth partner's role. Birth Stories from two previous couples.
Week 4: Baby Feeding. Breastfeeding? Bottle Feeding? Whatever is right for you.
Week 5: What to expect from the first 3 months of being new parents and exploring newborn behaviour.
Week 6: Practical skills for new parents, including swaddling, bathing, nappy changing, and slings.
A hot buffet served at each session during the break.
Our first-time parents antenatal courses are made-up of interactive and dynamic midwife-led classes. These sessions provide honest, evidence-based, and realistic information, with course content equally split between labour and birth, and the early weeks with your new baby. This ensures that each of our couples feel confident in making informed choices. There is plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion during each course, and a fantastic opportunity to hear some first hand experiences from previous couples returning to tell their own birth-story.
Our sessions are limited to eight couples, and are held in a private space above The Chancery, maintaining an intimate and relaxed atmosphere where lasting friendships are formed. We facilitate the creation of WhatsApp groups, and encourage regular meet-ups during and after the course, all of which helps to develop that all-important early support network.
Each couple will recieve our tailor made 60 page handbook. It supports all the information you discuss in the course, and signposts you to reliable sourcs of information to expand your knowledge in any particular topic. The handbook offers a quick look guide to steer you through your birth, a detailed view of what to expect for the first 3 months, and our midwife tips about the practical baby skills and feeding.
You will also recieve unlimited email support from midwife Vicky and the Team.
HYPNOBIRTHING - CRYSTAL PALACE
For ultimate birth preparation why not book out add on Hypnobirthing Course.
Hypnobirthing offers excellent preparation for expectant parents to better understand what your body does through the labour process. Through learning about self-hypnosis techniques you will learn what you can do to encourage a strong mind-body bond that will help you cope better and allow your body to work effectively. A Hypnobirthing course also offers a Birth Partner to get hand on with the birth experience, and really feel like they have a effective role in supporting their partner.
24th September & 1st October BOOK NOW
19th November & 26th November BOOK NOW
For more information click the ‘book now’ link or visit our Hypnobirthing page.
MEET YOU MIDWIFE
Vicky (founder of The Group) was born and bred in South London and never wants to leave. Her main passion is being a midwife, and she loves meeting new people and hearing their stories. One of her own, most cherished stories, is when she helped her sister to birth her wonderful daughter, Penelope. Vicky had her daughter Pia in 2017, and is juggling mummy life with running The Group, and working as a community midwife in Beckenham. She recently moved from Crystal Palace to a family home in West Wickham, which she hopes to fill with more little people! Vicky certainly has the Colombian spirit from her mother, always offering infectious energy and a warm welcome.