Birth Preparation Classes

26 years’ experience as a midwife has taught me that the key to a positive birth experience, whether that is a home birth, a hospital birth or elective caesarean section, is for women to feel empowered, in control and supported by their birth partners.
Mama’s Choice birth preparation classes will give you all the information you need to make informed choices about your birth experience and the tools you need to remain relaxed and in control..
Because every woman’s experience of birth is unique, Mama’s Choice offers different options for birth preparation. In each I will teach you safe, natural techniques and therapies to enhance your pregnancy and birth experience and demonstrate ways in which your birth partner can help and support you. The aim is for you and your partner to look back on the birth of your baby as the positive experience that you deserve it to be.

Because of the current Covid restrictions I am offering a course of four online sessions to enable women to access the tools they need to take control of their pregnancy and birth experience whilst following Government restrictions.

For far too many, pregnancy and birth is still something that happens to them rather than something they set out to consciously and joyfully to do themselves

Sheila Kitzinger

Online birth preparation course

This course consists of four hour long online sessions designed to empower you to take control and facilitate the positive birth experience that you and your baby deserve. These are midwife led classes that include tools for you and your partner to use to prepare yourself physically and mentally for the birth of you baby. During times of Covid restrictions this course provides you the opportunity to ask questions and join a supportive community of parents to be in the socially distanced world.

  • Session 1- Optimising your baby’s position. Learn about the anatomy of your pelvis and how to balance your pelvis to give your baby the optimum space, exercises to do yourself and some for your partner to help you with.
  • Session 2- Introduction to hypnosis for relaxation. This includes a practical session and a MP3 for you to download to use at home.
  • Session 3 – Preparing your body and mind for the birth of your baby. Tips and discussion including benefits of relaxation, writing a birth plan, use of positive affirmations and safe use of complementary therapies.
  • Session 4 – Ways to encourage labour. This includes teaching your partner how to stimulate acupressure points, benefits of hand expressing colostrum, other natural ways that help encourage labour.
  • Optional extra- Covid restrictions allowing, a socially distanced walk for members of group sessions to allow you to develop your support network.

Group sessions of 5 to 6 couples -£125 per couple

One to one sessions- £150 per couple.

Small groups – 3 to 4 couples.

At the small group sessions I offer a full antenatal course which covers labour, birth and the early days with your new baby. The sessions are relaxed and unhurried which means that you can participate and ask questions in a way that you feel comfortable with. We will spend time looking at each topic and its practicalities, considering both yours and your birth partner’s perspectives so you both can look forward to the birth feeling informed, relaxed and prepared. Small group birth preparation classes can lead to a support network for after your baby is born and sometimes lifelong friendships – we can arrange a postnatal reunion if you choose!
Topics include;

  • Clinical hypnosis for pregnancy and labour relaxation.
  • Techniques to balance your pelvis and optimise your baby’s position.
  • Acupressure and the safe use of complementary therapies in pregnancy and birth.
  • The phases of labour and birth: what is happening and what you and your birth partner can do to help.
  • What happens if you or your baby need help.
  • Comfort strategies and why birth partners are so important.
  • Pain relief options.
  • Communicating with your birth partner and midwife.
  • Perineal massage.
  • Feeding your baby: breastfeeding and expressing colostrum.
  • Welcoming your baby and the first weeks.

Full evening course of 5 x 2-hour sessions or a full day at the weekend – £350 for yourself and your birth partner.

1 to 1

One to one sessions are completely flexible and tailored to meet your needs and birth situation. I am happy to help you explore what you need if you are not sure so you can feel confident that you are ready for your baby’s birth. One to one sessions can take place in my tranquil treatment room in Tilehurst at a time that is convenient for you, or if an alternative venue is more convenient, I am happy to discuss this with you.

1 to 1 birth preparation sessions tailored to your needs on a day, time and place to suit you – £50 an hour.

Refresher sessions

Refresher sessions are specifically designed for women and their birth partners who are expecting a second, third or even fourth baby and who want to feel more empowered and prepared to take more control approaching the birth of this baby. We will discuss the differences between a first and subsequent birth, what you are hoping for this time and how to help your other children adjust to a new brother or sister.
Sessions are tailored to what you require and can include;

  • Clinical hypnosis for pregnancy and labour relaxation.
  • Techniques to balance your pelvis and optimise your baby’s position.
  • Acupressure and the safe use of complementary therapies in pregnancy and birth.
  • Perineal massage and protecting your perineum.

1 to 1 birth preparation refresher sessions tailored to your needs on a day, time and place to suit you – £50 an hour.

When you change the way you view birth,
the way you birth will change.

Marie Mongan