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Our Course
Feel fully prepared for the arrival of your little one – whether it’s your first or fourth baby. Our six week antenatal course is designed for you.

Next Antenatal course starts:  7th January 2019 at St Mary's Millennium Centre, West Derby L12 5EA.

Why choose us?

Our course is different to other antenatal courses. We offer a modern alternative to the usual antenatal course. We have sessions led by different pregnancy and baby experts each week meaning you get the most up to date information from practising experts. We are also completely flexible. If you miss a session, feel free to catch up on the next course! If our course has spaces, you can join at any time. Just contact us and we’ll try our best to accommodate you on on a course that suits you best! Pregnancy is unpredictable, we can help by being as flexible as we can!

With Beautiful New Beginnings, you’ll get time and attention to explore what’s important to you. We’ll show you how to make the most of your birth experience, provide you with valuable information about the stages of labour, the different types of pain relief and births, and the care you and your new family will receive after your baby is born. The information we give is honest, practical and we help you to explore all of the options available to you and your family so that you can make informed decisions regarding your labour, birth and beyond.

Our maximum class number of 10 couples ensures plenty of time for questions and answers and to meet other parents to be.

Whether you want to learn new skills such as bathing and bottle-making, understand safe sleeping or just want a reminder of the practicalities of having a newborn, this course is for you.

Week-by-week

Each week, we’ll deep-dive into a different aspect of your pregnancy, birth experience and life with a newborn. Our fun, interactive sessions are delivered by experts and you can get extra help throughout the course from our WhatsApp support service.

Here’s our week by week course breakdown …

Week 1 and Week 2: Preparing for labour and birth

Overview

Our course begins by getting you ready for labour. Our practising midwife explains how your body prepares itself for birth and what you can expect when you arrive in hospital. You’ll learn the different methods of delivery, when they’re necessary, and how baby’s position can affect how it’s delivered.

What you’ll learn:

  • Packing a hospital bag for you, your partner and your baby
  • Signs and stages of labour
  • What happens during birth: birthing options, instrumental deliveries and caesarean sections
  • What happens during a ‘normal’ delivery and what happens when a birth doesn’t go to plan
  • What pain relief is available
  • Breast feeding and bottle feeding
  • Induction of labour
  • How to get your baby into a good position for birth

Week 3: Baby first aid

Overview

Whether this is your first or third child, this session is essential for all parents. As best practice guidelines are constantly changing, this session will give you the most up-to-date guidance on dealing with illnesses and health emergencies. This session is practical so wear comfy clothing!

What you’ll learn:

  • How to perform CPR
  • How to put your baby in the recovery position
  • What to do if your baby chokes
  • What to do during a febrile convulsion
  • How to check to check a temperature
  • How to get the best help quickly
  • How to spot common childhood illnesses

Week 4: Preparing your body

Overview

Our personal trainer, Sharon – fully qualified in both antenatal and postnatal fitness – takes you through the benefits of exercise during and after pregnancy. She’ll share tips and practical exercises to relieve back pain and strengthen your body to prepare for labour. Wear your comfy clothes and be prepared to get involved in some light exercise!

What you’ll learn:

  • The physical and mental effects of pregnancy and labour
  • The dont’s and dont’s of exercise during pregnancy
  • How to exercise through each trimester
  • Gentle exercises to help during labour and post-birth
  • Back strengthening exercises and stretches to relieve aches and pains
  • A full body workout to relieve painful joints and tight muscles that can be done both before and after birth.
  • How to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles

Week 4: Preparing your body

Overview

Our personal trainer, Sharon – fully qualified in both antenatal and postnatal fitness – takes you through the benefits of exercise during and after pregnancy. She’ll share tips and practical exercises to relieve back pain and strengthen your body to prepare for labour. Wear your comfy clothes and be prepared to get involved in some light exercise!

What you’ll learn:

  • The physical and mental effects of pregnancy and labour
  • The dont’s and dont’s of exercise during pregnancy
  • How to exercise through each trimester
  • Gentle exercises to help during labour and post-birth
  • Back strengthening exercises and stretches to relieve aches and pains
  • A full body workout to relieve painful joints and tight muscles that can be done both before and after birth.
  • How to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles

Week 5: Hypnobirthing

Overview

It’s no secret that labour and birth can be a stressful event. Hypnobirthing is a technique that can help you relax, stay calm and manage pain throughout your pregnancy and labour. Our introduction to hypnobirthing helps you to train your mind and body.

What you’ll learn:

  • What hypnobirthing is and how it can help you during labour
  • How to create a calming and positive labour environment
  • How to create positive birth affirmations that can help lead to a positive birth experience.
  • Deep relaxation and breathing techniques
  • Relaxation apps and exercises that can be used during labour

Week 5: Hypnobirthing

Overview

It’s no secret that labour and birth can be a stressful event. Hypnobirthing is a technique that can help you relax, stay calm and manage pain throughout your pregnancy and labour. Our introduction to hypnobirthing helps you to train your mind and body.

What you’ll learn:

  • What hypnobirthing is and how it can help you during labour
  • How to create a calming and positive labour environment
  • How to create positive birth affirmations that can help lead to a positive birth experience.
  • Deep relaxation and breathing techniques
  • Relaxation apps and exercises that can be used during labour

Week 6: Bringing baby home and practical essentials

Overview

Run by our lovely health visitor, this session focuses on what happens when you bring your baby home. We’ll discuss safe sleeping, getting baby into a routine, immunisations, registering your baby, and all the practicalities of having a newborn. There’s plenty of time for questions and answers and you’ll get your own copy of the presentation to keep for your reference.

What you’ll learn

  • Safe sleeping
  • Immunisations and vaccinations
  • Attachment and bonding with your baby
  • Getting your baby into a routine
  • Breast and bottle feeding
  • Getting help from support groups
  • How to register your baby
What our parents say about us…

“As a parent-to-be I am reading a lot of trying to get as much information I can. But the structure of the course and the professionals who deliver the session put things in perspective by also sharing their experience. I reccommend it to all new parents. Thank you Carolyn for all your help.” Za Zi Dad to be

“A really good value for money course which goes through all the basics of childbirth, initial care for baby and how to prepare. Picked up some valuable tips and ideas, thanks Carolyn” Naomi

“My wife and I really enjoyed these classes. Cal and the session leaders really know their stuff and everyone is very friendly. I can highly recommend Beautiful New Beginnings to all other parents to be. They’ve helped me gain confidence and get to grips with the new skills I’ll be needing in a few months time! Baby first aid was especially reassuring and was a fun class, too! Well done!” Aaron now dad to beautiful twin boys

“Tonight is our last session and we can’t believe how fast the 6 weeks have gone. Each session has been brilliant and packed with so much information. As a first time mum to be and a complete surprise for us both….we started off completely clueless and leave feeling so much more confident about this amazing journey we are about to start together. Huge thanks to Carolyn and everyone who helped put the sessions together. We couldn’t recommend you more.” Sarah

“Carolyn has coordinated a fabulous 6 week course that was invaluable for me and my (rather reluctant!) partner. The sessions were homely and nurturing yet very informative; covering a range of topics and providing us with ideas, tips, safety guides, practical learning and basically how to get through labour and the first few weeks with our new little bundle. Carolyn and the session leaders were very easy to talk to and really welcoming, as were the couples on the course too. My partner had to miss the final session due to work commitments and was gutted! Thank you, beautiful new beginnings ♡” Lucy

“Great informative course. The 6 weeks absolutely flew over unfortunately. Carolyn is brilliant and always willing to help you out, even outside the course times. Highly recommended” Emma

Choose your course

The important details…

  • The cost: Just £100 per couple for the six week course
  • The date and time: Mondays, 7pm – 8pm, St Mary’s Millennium Centre, West Derby Village, Liverpool L12 5EA
  • Bring along: Any partner you like – not just dads!
  • When to start our classes: Around 28 weeks into your pregnancy
  • We are fully flexible – if you miss a session, catch up on the next course, if you want to start on a particular date, let us know and we will do all we can to accommodate you and your partner!

Next courses

2019 ANTENATAL COURSE DATES

  • 7th January – 4th February
  • 11th February – 11th March
  • 18th March – 15th April
  • 13th May – 17th June
  • 1st July – 29th July
  • 5th August – 9th September
  • 16th September – 14th October
  • 21st October – 18th November
  • 25th November – 16th December
 

 

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We would love to see you at one of our courses or classes soon. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. 

About us

Beautiful New Beginnings is Liverpool's Independent Antenatal Course provider. We aim to empower parents with the most up to date information, connect families and build community. We want parents to feel confident, prepared and excited as they enter this brand new adventure.

Who we are

Beautiful New Beginnings founder Carolyn Whitehead with her beautiful children. 

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