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Antenatal classes

We are currently offering 2 Antenatal class options: 

Beautiful Births Antenatal classes with Erika

I believe antenatal preparation is fundamental to improving birth experiences. Over the years I have seen society dramatise childbirth as a difficult medical event which every women must endure. This leaves couples frightened and apprehensive about what is to come. So, determined to inform prospective parents about the truth around birth I formulated Beautiful Births birthing classes. These classes will put the scare stories into perspective, prepare you for the journey your body is going on, inform you realistically of what really goes on in birth, tell you what to expect and how to deal with the unexpected! You can remain calm and in control of your birth throughout if you are prepared. If you are well-informed you can approach your birth with confidence, joy and

The classes are brought to you with knowledge, honesty and humour in an innovative way and in a relaxed manner. My aim is you will have fun as well as gain the knowledge and confidence you need.

Your personal session will be tailored to suit your needs but can cover topics such as:

  • Physiology of labour – Understanding this can help you use your body to your advantage
  • Practical techniques for labour and relaxation
  • Water birth
  • Coping with labour techniques 
  • Medical pain relief
  • What to expect if things don’t go to plan and how to deal with it if that happens
  • Communicating effectively with your health professionals
  • Birthing partner’s role, Dads are important too
  • Postnatal changes
  • Practical tips for coping with and understanding your new baby
  • Help with breastfeeding
  • Help with bottle feeding
  • Options for birth such as home birth, hospital birth, water birth and the type of birth experience you’d like
  • Relaxation
  • Evidence based, recent, relevant advice and information
    Classes are organised in two 2.5 hour sessions
    £190 which can be one to one or split between 2 couples if you have someone you wish to share with.

    Please call me on 07828719278 for more info or to book a class.


"Birthing in Awareness" classes with Rachel and local yoga teacher Amba Cooper

Amba Yoga and Wessex Independent Midwives unite to provide expectant parents with their joint expertise in antenatal education, active birth education and new parenting information and resources.. We aim to empower you and your partner with confidence and knowledge to help you birth with awareness and confidence and to guide you through pregnancy, labour and beyond. Fun and informative sessions. Spaces are limited to 5 couples and bookable in advance.
​TOPICS COVERED ARE - Session one 12-230 pm Birth education, the stages of labour, the role of partner and birth support at each stage 

Session two 12-230 pm Labour and includes, active birth positions, how to stay calm and informed at each stage, the role of breath, including helpful practices, integrative hypnosis and relaxation techniques, basic massage for pain relief. 

Session three 12-230 pm includes Breastfeeding and the early days of parenting, information on post natal care and local resources and classes. 

£40 per session per couple or £100 for all 3.

Please book in advance by contacting Amba on:  ambaomlight@yahoo.co.uk