‘Our innovative, welcoming and creative classes are led by experienced and qualified individuals, facilitating evidence based research and up to the minute information with a unique blend of relaxation, creative exploration and breathing techniques'.
Every woman’s birth is unique and no amount of preparation in body mind and spirit will ever dictate what a birth will be like. However, preparation empowers women, gives them a greater sense of control over their bodies, and gaining knowledge leads to reduced stress and anxiety.
The purpose of Holistic Antenatal is to prepare mothers and their birth partners to give birth in awareness, to empower them to make informed choices and to gain confidence in their own ability in the birthing process and in their role as parents. Our range of dynamic holistic antenatal packages are designed specifically to prepare expectant mothers and their birth partners both physically and mentally for childbirth but also for major life transition of having a baby and what to do and expect from a newborn. There is a wide range of topics covered at each class with everything you would expect and more. At Holistic Mama Holistic Baba we understand that learning doesn’t come from simply being spoken to, so we have developed a wide range of creative activities for would be parents to explore and learn in a fun and meaningful way!
Holistic Antenatal believes that fathers matter too! All of our antenatal packages are relevant to dada’s and they will gain knowledge and confidence in their ability to support their partners in labour without feeling like a ‘spare part’. There will be lots of opportunity for Dads to consider their role as a father and lots of practical demonstrations on caring for their partner and caring for their newborn.
Informed choice is central to the Holistic Mama Holistic Baba ethos and all of our courses are designed to empower parents to make their own choices based on evidence based research.
Each Holistic Antenatal class has a maximum number of 8 women and their birth partners, to ensure intimacy and so every voice can be heard. A Holistic Antenatal questionnaire will be sent to each participant prior to the class to ensure that the class is tailored to individual needs
HOLISTIC ANTENATAL COURSES
What to Expect When You’re Expecting
This one off class is designed for pregnant women up to 20 weeks gestation.
At HMHB we believe that that early pregnancy is a time of big change when decisions are made and plans are drawn up. Our early pregnancy class is designed to support you at this special time.
The class will cover key topics such as;
- Fetal Development
- Good Nutrition
- Routine Tests & Pregnancy terminology
- Common pregnancy ailments and comforts
But we will also focus on how to connect with your unborn child, how to manage stress and anxiety in pregnancy and we will teach you specific breathing and relaxation techniques to try at home.
The small friendly classes are an excellent way to meet other mother’s in your area & there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and address any concerns.
Holistic Antenatal – ‘Labour, Birth & Parenting Preparation’
Weekend Course Saturday & Sunday OR 5 Week Evening Class
Our antenatal classes are designed for expectant parents from 20 weeks gestation.
In these classes you’ll be armed with all of the important information surrounding birth with focus on key topics such as; the mechanics of birth & labour, when to call your midwife, signs and symptoms of labour and what to expect. We will also focus on coping with labour pain with specific instruction of breathing & relaxation exercises to help in labour. Our classes also focus on your transition to parenthood & what to expect of your new baby. These classes are very interactive and there will be lots of opportunity for creative exploration of issues surrounding labour & birth and becoming a parent.
Holistic Mama Refresher – For all second, third, fourth, fifth time (or more!) mothers.
2x 2 hour workshops
These workshops are designed by you! We will discuss whatever you would like and answer any questions you may have. We will re-cap birth & labour and try specific breathing and relaxation exercises for labour & birth. We will also focus on how a new baby will affect your family dynamics. You’ll also get a chance to get creative with a session dedicated to ‘the art of being a parent’.
Holistic Antenatal Residential Retreat – For all pregnant women and their birth partners
Gain all the knowledge and preparation you would receive in our weekend course with the luxury of staying in a 5 star hotel. The Holistic Mama Residential Retreat also includes a relaxing treatment of your choice.
The Pregnancy Retreat – A blissful day workshop for all mama’s to be!
- Relaxation and breathing techniques- how to manage stress & anxiety
- Gentle movement
- Exploration of feelings around motherhood
- Communicating with your unborn baby
- Visualisations of an optimum birth experience and parenting
- Creative Mama session- art and crafts
- Make a birth sculpture/Belly Cast
- Birthsong/ Belly Dance
- Includes a nutritious light lunch and a Holistic Mama Holistic Baba goody bag to take home and enjoy.
‘The art of.... preparing for labour, birth & parenting class'
Creative and interactive classes over 4 weeks to help you prepare for labour birth and parenting in a utterly unique, creative and thought provoking way! At each session we will focus on key issues and use art as an exploration of how we are feeling. No art experience required and all art materials are supplied.