Babi Antenatal Classes FAQ’s

 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions that are not covered below, please get in touch by using the form on the contact page.

Why do antenatal classes?

The words Antenatal Classes often provoke an image of a circle of hugely pregnant women sitting on the floor in front of their uncomfortable looking partners, practising breathing techniques. Rest assured, you do not have to do this.

Antenatal classes can, in fact, be a really important step in your journey towards parenthood. Many of us these days have not grown up in large family units, where pregnancy and childbirth are commonplace. Many of us have never even held a baby before we have our own, so a little guidance and knowledge of this transformative life event is invaluable.

Antenatal classes provide you with information on a variety of topics from what kit to buy to how to spot postnatal depression (and, yes, breathing techniques included).

Why not just do NHS classes?

NHS antenatal classes are perfect for some people. They are free, and they are local, so you get to meet other parents-to-be. Sadly, due to long term NHS funding issues, provision is sometimes very poor and, in some areas, altogether non-existent.

Where there are NHS classes available, they tend to be large group classes, and, for a variety of reasons, this is not the right fit for everyone. Babi Antenatal offers personally tailored, one to one coaching covering anything you would like to know regarding pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal life. As classes are not in a group setting, you are free to steer the sessions in whichever direction you choose, and to ask any questions that occur to you.

When should I have antenatal classes?

Most women aim for 30 weeks onwards, but as Babi is totally flexible, you can book a visit anytime from 12 weeks pregnant through to the early weeks with your new baby. I would strongly advise waiting until you have had your pregnancy confirmed by ultrasound scan (usually around 12 weeks) before booking any classes.

You can also add sessions as needed or book a postnatal visit anytime.

Can we ask questions?

The beauty of Babi and the thing that marks it as different from most group classes is that sessions are held in your own home, with you and your partner or birth partner. This allows a sense of security and confidence to ask any questions that you have.

I cannot stress enough that THERE ARE NO STUPID QUESTIONS when it comes to pregnancy, birth and parenting.

How do I book?

Fill out the form on the Contact page and I will be in touch as soon as possible. The more information you can give the better, for example, if you have an elective caesarean section booked or are particularly interested in water birth. Sessions can then be tailored to your requirements. Please also indicate a few dates / times that would suit you, we can then arrange an appointment between us.

Who can I have with me?

You are encouraged to keep to a minimum number of people, ideally, you and your partner or birth partner. You need to be comfortable discussing potentially intimate subjects so choose wisely!

How much do classes cost?

All Babi Antenatal sessions are charged at £40 per hour.

I also offer reduced price sessions to those who may be struggling financially. Please get in touch via the contact form.

Are classes just for first time parents?

Babi caters for those expecting their first baby (or babies) and those who would like a refresher.

It can also be useful to have a debrief from a difficult previous birth in order to move forward with a subsequent one.

Grandparents are welcome too, with a dedicated session to update knowledge in a world of ever-changing advice. Discover how best to help new parents-to-be and avoid conflict over out-dated information.