Birth preparation Courses
CORONA UPDATE*****please note-all services are offered online/virtual or socially distanced at present.
Free support via email/telephone/Whatsapp is available for one hour for those in need.
Birth preparation course - online/via video calls-or socially distanced
STAY SAFE, warm wishes to all, Emma x
PREPARE FOR A GOODBIRTH
Whatever your circumstances or background, I support all parents and all women and birthing people. I also support surrogate families, those having an IVF or multiple pregnancy, or if you have any individual needs, all parents-to-be are welcomed.
Together we can maximize your potential for a POSITIVE birth, where you feel respected and in control. Together we can discuss your birth preferences, plans and options, and your parenting choices.
I have experience working in all birth settings, home, hospital and theatre. I work comfortably alongside Midwives, Doctors, Consultants and Paediatricians, with you as the person in control of all your choices.
If you are considering DOULA SUPPORT AT YOUR BIRTH, please see Birth Doula page for more information.
Antenatal education that is focused on practical information, which will help you feel more confident about your labour and birth. A birth partner or friend can join any course free of charge, and learn ways to support you, whatever kind of birth you may have.
Subjects will be your choice depending on your circumstances and which course you choose, but may include:
Discussing your Birth Plans*
Where to have your baby
Baby's position in late pregnancy
Early labour signs and coping in early labour*
The environment in the labour room*
Induction of labour
Eating and drinking in labour*
The importance of hormones*
Stages and mechanisms of labour
Being mobile and active, changing positions in labour*
Relaxation in labour*
Birth partner support*
Pain management options*
Decision making techniques*
Massage and Rebozo scarf techniques
Caesarean Birth or Birth after Caesarean (VBAC)
Previous traumatic birth
Immediate postnatal issues (placenta, cutting the cord etc)*
Early new born care, feeding/bathing/sleeping (separate classes are also available, see below)
Private Birth Preparation Course
The course consists of either one or two antenatal classes, in your home (or at a venue you prefer), or at 'THE SNUG' at the GOODBIRTH office, or via video calls and online resources. A birth partner or friend can attend free of charge. Subjects relevant to you will be discussed, so that you will approach your birth with more knowledge and confidence.
The antenatal class is focused on your own individual needs. Together we can discuss your expectations, hopes and fears. I can guide you through the information available, so that you can make truly informed choices. I can help you to work out what is fact, what is a myth and to understand your options. You can choose which option suits you-one or two meetings. Prepare for your birth in a relaxing, informal way, that is focused only on your needs.
£75 for two meetings (approx 3 hrs each) at your home
£60 at the Snug
£55 via three 2hr video calls
£35 for one meeting (approx 3 hrs)at your home
£30 at the Snug
£30 via Whatsapp Videocall or 'Zoom' session- two 90 min video calls
I cover areas in South Devon including Torquay, Paignton, Brixham, Totnes, Dartmouth, Newton Abbott, and Teignmouth. UK/International for virtual support.
Birth Preparation Courses and Pregnancy Groups available at 'THE SNUG' at Goodbirth in Torbay.
A relaxing, welcoming, nurturing space. Small groups and courses, or private courses available.
Please contact me for more details, dates and directions.
***face to face group courses suspended due to restrictions
*Birth Preparation Course
From £30 for your 3 hour birth preparation course (a birth partner or friend can attend with you free). Small groups.
This relaxed, informal, practical course, will help you to feel more confident about your birth. (Subjects include those marked* above). If after attending this course you wish to book a Hypnobirthing course or other GOODBIRTH service, a discount will be offered.
Pregnancy Circle (spaces from Sept)
Birth Partner Birth Prep
Dad to be group (Whatsapp group only at present)
VBAC Birth Prep
Waterbirth Birth Prep
Homebirth Birth Prep
Hospital Birth Prep
C section Birth prep
(contact Goodbirth for more details-limited availability- some support via Whatsapp/video at present).
Please see service menu above
Care of the newborn baby
For parents to be, grandparents or anyone who would like to learn about how to care for a new born baby. This forms part of the Birth Doula service but can be arranged as a separate class. Feeding, bathing, nappies and so much more!
2 hour session-from £15
Talking through a previous birth experience, in a supportive, non judgmental, confidential session. A nurturing, positive start to help you prepare for your next birth with more confidence. This is not a Counselling service, and you will be advised to seek formal Counselling if needed. Birth partner or friend welcome to attend free.
2 hour session -from £20
* Please contact me to discuss your needs. I believe all parents should have access to all these services regardless of circumstance or finances. Flexible times and prices can be discussed. Skill/service swap considered.