Stafford – Midwife Hosted Antenatal Classes

£150 - pay deposit now of £35.00

These classes are held in Stafford with expert midwife Freya. After completing your booking, Freya will be in contact regarding your course and options for paying the balance of your course costs.

One booking covers both one expectant mum and one birth partner.

Evening classes run from 7-9.15pm and our all day classes run from 10am-6.30pm or weekend classes run from 2pm-6.30pm over 2 dates.

Add hypnobirthing to your basket with any of our full antenatal classes for £15 off!

Description

Midwife hosted antenatal classes in Stafford to prepare you better for labour, birth & early parenthood. Four multimedia classes presented in an informal and relaxed atmosphere offering you an opportunity to meet other soon to be parents in the Stafford area. The course will be followed by a ‘class reunion’ organised by Expecting.

Each session is informal & as interactive as you wish it to be. Please don’t be nervous. The video content will be paused by your host midwife allowing you to ask questions and chat to the group. The sessions cover the core topics of: Labour & birth, Pain relief & coping methods, Feeding your baby, Life after birth.

Full range of topics covered:

  • pregnancy
  • signs of labour
  • the latent phase & advice
  • what determines the length of your labour
  • going to hospital /calling the midwife
  • first, second & third stages of labour
  • what the birth partner might see
  • water-birth
  • when things don’t go according to plan

 

  • attitude towards pain
  • role of the birth partner
  • coping methods for early labour
  • natural pain relief
  • medical pain relief

 

  • skin to skin
  • breastfeeding benefits to mums and babies
  • sterilising
  • bottle feeding
  • SIDS (cot death)
  • challenges of breastfeeding
  • anatomy & how it works
  • expressing
  • breastfeeding and partners

 

  • how life is about to change
  • first hour with your babies
  • visitors
  • practicalities
  • first days with your babies
  • why do babies cry?
  • nappy changing
  • bathing baby
  • dressing baby
  • car-seat safety
  • insight into parenthood

 

 

Additional information

Dates

11th, 18th, 25th Jan, 1st Feb (Thu 7-9.15pm), 15th, 22nd, 29th Feb, 7th Mar (Thu 7-9.15pm), 21st Mar, 4th, 11th, 18th Apr (Thu 7-9.15pm), WEEKEND Apr 13th & 14th (Sat & Sun 2pm-6.30pm), May 16th, 23rd, 30th, Jun 6th (Thu 7-9.15pm), Jun 20th, 27th, Jul 4th, 11th (Thu 7-9.15pm)

Reviews

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positive review I am so glad I found these classes as the information and advice from Freya has been invaluable! She put my mind at ease on a lot of fears and preconceptions I had about the pregnancy; I changed my mind about having a water birth as it was the best experience. Also put my husband at ease about the gruesome stuff that goes along with the delivery. Met some lovely new mums and dads as well! Would highly recommend these classes and they are well worth the money. Thanks Freya and keep up the good work🥳 Selina and Craig x
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MissyBee L.
12/05/2018
A friend recommended the Expecting Antenatal classes to us, and we were so pleased that we went ahead and booked them. Freya is extremely knowledgable, very approachable and friendly and has developed really useful, educational classes that will help first time parents understand what to expect from labour, birth and the early days of parenting. The classes were full of lots of useful information and advice. We had quite a complicated delivery but managed to stay calm thanks to understanding what was going on from the classes. Freya was even very supportive via text whilst I was in labour which was above and beyond what we could have expected. We would 100% recommend these classes to anybody expecting their first child and looking for support and guidance. Thank you Freya!!
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Riona M.
5/14/2019
Me and my wife attended Freya’s classes early this year. I was a bit apprehensive about going at first but I walked away from the first session looking forward to the next one.
I found the whole experience very informative and it prepared me more than I could have ever imagined.
The classes were very relaxed and actually quite fun with an added bonus of some delicious sweet treats and snacks 😁
It’s also a great way to get to know people going through the same thing and pick up tips and tricks on how to deal with pregnancy.
All in all I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anybody.
Thank you once again Freya for making our birth experience so great.
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William L.
6/29/2019
Freya is lovely. The class is very informative without being overwhelming. I feel a lot more comfortable about becoming a parent after going to this class. She's also there to offer support until the reunion which is lovely to know in case you have any little questions that you might think of after the sessions.
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Claire P.
2/26/2020
Friendly and informative course without being scary! Freya is full of knowledge and feel ready for the next chapter in our lives! Also a bonus having a weekend course to fit in around work commitments.
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Emma P.
2/26/2020
Freya was simply outstanding! As a 1st time dad going into the unknown of labour and parenthood, I can’t begin to describe how beneficial the expecting sessions were. They have really filled me with more confidence and knowledge on the journey me and my wife are about to go on. Freya is so friendly, professional and makes everyone feel comfortable during the sessions. Any 1st time parent shouldn’t hesitate at booking the expecting program, it’s probably the best value knowledge you’ll ever receive. Fantastic!
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James S.
2/26/2020
Fantastic Antenatal Class My husband and I attended a full day session at Stafford with Freya and were really impressed! We’d been debating whether we needed to go to an antenatal class but decided pretty late on we should just go, and as such struggled to find a class we could complete before 38 weeks. When we found Freya we were delighted to see she offered a single day option and booked immediately.Freya explained things really well and was keen to get us to engage and ask any questions we had. We both came out feeling far more prepared than we did going in and we’d highly recommend both the Expecting classes and doing it in a day session!
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Claire C.
9/25/2021
I would highly recommend!

My husband and I attended the antinatal class in February and it was extremely useful.
We were undecided if it was something we needed as I felt well informed about pregnancy and childbirth. However, after deciding to attend, both my husband and myself felt so much more prepared than what I thought I was.
Not only does this course, and Freya, provide information but also a way to keep in contact with mums that are going through the same thing. I came away confident and positive.
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Ashley P.
2/26/2020
We were recommended these classes by family. They were absolutely brilliant. The information provided was so relevant and helpful. Freya is lovely and has a wealth of knowledge and experience.
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Sophie D.
6/25/2019
Freya has so much knowledge and delivers it in a totally understandable way, answering any questions along the way. Each session was welcoming and comfortable for both mum and dad to be. It's so great to meet other mums to be and we still meet up now our babies are here. Definitely recommend this ante natal course.
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SLogan F.
2/07/2019
These classes were highly recommended to us by many of our friends so we didn’t hesitate to book. Having recently completed the course, we are so glad we booked.
Freya is extremely friendly, knowledgable and approachable & has definitely helped us to feel ready for baby to arrive!
We have learnt so much from the classes and now feel ready to put it into action!
Freya created a relaxed atmosphere where every member of the group felt comfortable to share questions & comments. We are all looking forward to the already arranged reunion with our babies💙💗
I can’t recommend this class enough. Fantastic value for money and Freya really is one of the nicest people I’ve met.
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Laura S.
2/26/2020
Freya runs a fantastic course which me and my husband found incredibly informative, helpful and put our minds at ease being first time parents! Freya not only provided 4 useful videos, but plenty of print outs with more information. We also attended the hypnobirthing class which I 100% recommend if you want to feel more relaxed and prepared for your labour day!

Freya also provided a 1-1 Zoom call where she spoke to us at length with plenty of more tips and advice, which we were super greatful for. Would definitely recommend her courses! Thank you.

Kayleigh
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Kayleigh W.
10/08/2021
We were recommended Expecting classes by friends, and we are so glad we were! The classes were very laid back and friendly, as well as being full of great information and advice. We left the classes feeling very informed and prepared for pregnancy and birth. Despite having a not-so-straightforward delivery, I felt very confident and relaxed about everything that happened thanks to Freya and I still came out feeling very positive about the experience. Honestly, I can't recommend the Expecting classes enough!
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Hannah D.
4/16/2019
positive review Could not recommend Freya’s classes enough! Me and my husband found the sessions to be excellent and highly informative. Friendly atmosphere with other couples who were also becoming parents for the first time. Thanks Freya for all your help and advice xxx
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Julie W.
12/07/2018
positive review We are so grateful to Freya and Expecting. We had, had a rough time with midwives and we felt completely in the dark on what was going to happen. However thankfully I saw a video of Expecting and it was then recommended to me by a friend. We are so glad we booked the classes, both me and my husband feel a lot more prepared for what's about to happen.

Freya not only told us the mechanics of it all but she also told us some really useful tips to make the whole experience less scary.

We can't thank her enough. ❤
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Rhian E.
12/07/2018
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FAQs

Can my (birth) partner come?

- Yes! The course is designed for both of you and really helpful for (birth) partners.

- We don’t get you to do anything embarrassing so you can tell them to relax!
The cost is for both of you (one pregnant woman and one non pregnant birth partner).

Is the cost for one or two people?

The cost is for two of you (one pregnant woman and one non pregnant birth partner).

What’s the difference between Expecting classes & NHS classes

Expecting goes into far more depth than NHS antenatal classes.

NHS antenatal classes can be a little hit & miss depending on who has been asked to teach them.

There’s not usually an opportunity to meet others at NHS antenatal classes as they are large groups with different people attending different sessions.

NHS classes are free, whereas there is a fee for Expecting classes.

What’s the difference between Expecting classes & NCT (National Childbirth Trust) classes?

NCT classes are not run by midwives but rather mums who have done in house training with NCT.
All Expecting classes are taught & hosted by experienced midwives.

NCT classes are much more expensive than Expecting classes.

Expecting offers a no-nonsense balanced approach with no agenda when it comes to natural birth v caesarean or breastfeeding v bottle feeding.

Will I be asked to do anything embarrassing?

Absolutely not! There is nothing cringey about our classes! There’s no role play! There’s no expectation for you to join in!

When can I sign up?

Any time after your first scan.

If you’ve left it really late you can still sign up for our online course & get instant access to our full course & even benefit from a video call with a midwife after baby has arrived.

How many weeks pregnant should I be when I attend the classes?

Our hypnobirthing class; any time from knowing you’re pregnant!

Our local classes/virtual classes; start them anytime from 27-34 weeks pregnant (as these usually last 4 weeks).

Our online course; ideally anytime from 30-38 weeks pregnant as you get access for a month.

I’m/my (birth) partner is going to miss one of the classes - what do we do?

You/they can just catch up in your own time; we can give you access to the session you missed & if it’s a virtual class we can record it & send it to you - either way, you won’t miss out!

I know I’m having a planned Caesarean section. Is Expecting still relevant for me?

Yes! We cover what to expect when you’re booked in for a caesarean & the aftercare.

Our feeding & early parenting sessions are still equally relevant.

Our hypnobirthing class can help keep you calm during pregnancy & be used in theatre during your caesarean.

Our classes are a great way to meet others at a similar life stage.

Does the feeding class cover breast and bottle feeding?

Yes indeed! We offer non biased information enabling you to make an informed decision & support you in your choices.

I’m a single mum, can I attend on my own/can I bring a friend?

Yes! We’ve had a number of single mums who have attended Expecting (alone or with a friend/family member) & always commented on how welcomed they felt. Expecting is a fantastic platform to gain support from one another regardless of circumstances.

Can my mum come?

The booking is for one pregnant woman and one non pregnant (birth) partner; you choose who that is & you’re welcome to bring a different person to different sessions.

Do I need to bring anything?

No, just an open mind & a listening ear! Refreshments are provided (please let your Expecting host midwife know if you have a severe nut allergy).

I’m shy/introverted - will I be expected to talk or put on the spot?

No, you can join in discussion as much or little as you like, or not at all. At the beginning of each session we remind everyone of our name but whoever you brought along can introduce you if you’d prefer.

I’m really squeamish - am I likely to faint/vomit?

We don’t show live birth videos! Some people feel squeamish talking/hearing about birth but in our experience this factual exposure prepares them well for the actual event meaning they’re less likely to faint/vomit on the day!

Should I make notes?

We provide course notes so you shouldn’t need to but feel free to if that’s how you learn best.

Are classes and courses still as relevant for same sex couples?

Absolutely! It’s important you’re both prepared regardless of gender/sex. We’ve had a number of single sex couples attend our classes.

What should I wear?

Anything comfortable! You’re only ever asked to sit or stand. We don’t ask you to move around in different positions or anything like that!

I/my (birth) partner needs to come straight from work, can we bring our dinner?

Of course! The classes are very informal - feel free to eat away! Some of our local classes have microwaves in the kitchen that you can use to heat food.

Can I still ask questions after the class/course?

Absolutely! Your Expecting host midwife is on hand to receive calls or text messages right up until your baby is 28 days old.

How does the reunion work?

we usually arrange a date & time that everyone can make at least 4 weeks after the last due date of the group.

We usually meet in a cafe/pub which has plenty of space for buggies & car seats.

There’s no agenda, just a lovely opportunity to chat & meet each other’s babies!

Our Zoom reunions work similarly but you can wear your pyjamas if you like!