Stoke-on-Trent – Midwife Hosted Antenatal Classes

£150 - pay deposit now of £35.00

These classes are held in Stone, Stoke-on-Trent, with expert midwife Gemma. After completing your booking, Gemma 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 7.15-9.30pm, weekend classes run from 4pm

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

Description

Midwife hosted course in Stone, Stoke-on-Trent to prepare you better for labour, birth & early parenthood. Four multimedia sessions presented in an informal and relaxed atmosphere offering you an opportunity to meet other soon to be parents in the Stone and Stoke-on-Trent 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 content has regular pauses allowing  allowing you to ask questions of your expert Expecting midwife and chat to the group. The sessions cover the core topics of: Labour & birth, Pain relief & coping methods, Feeding your baby, Life after birth.

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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

Jan 31st, Feb 7th, 21st, 28th (Wed 7.15-9.30pm), Mar 13th, 27th, Apr 3rd, 10th (Wed 7.15-9.30pm), May 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd (Wed 7.15-9.30pm), Jun 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th (Wed 7.15-9.30pm), Jul 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st (Wed 7.15-9.30pm)

Reviews

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The Expecting Classes were incredibly informative and thanks to this knowledge and to the amazing tutor Gemma I had been put more at ease during and after a not so straight forward labor and birth.

I delivered 10 days after my due date. I used my free time before this ensuring I was prepared as can be thanks to the copious notes made and the tips received from the classes. It helped me to manage better in an anxious time uncomfortably waiting for labor to start. Gemma kept in touch via WhatsApp and shared with us, for example, a birthing ball offer to which we ordered straight away. It became very useful as my daughter was in back to back position (initially) which meant extra time required on the ball.

During latent labor, Gemma reminded me of coping methods and that I can go into hospital for extra pain relief even if we were sent home. It transpired that I didn’t have time for extra pain relief as labor progressed very quickly.
I was asked if I wanted to use the birth pool. It had not been on my birth plan initially but again thanks to the information received it became something I wanted to try.

My daughter entered the world naturally weighing 10lbs 2oz and I unfortunately had a third degree tear so I was sent away to theatre for 3 hours. Fortunately, I harvested colostrum which was discussed in the classes. This colostrum became very useful as my husband was able to feed her whilst I was away.

I hope my experience will help when making a decision to book these classes. I am very grateful for what Gemma has done for us and I am not just talking about the tutoring in the classes themselves. She is one of the nicest people I have ever met and was very supportive after birth. I don’t know how we would have coped without her! The WhatsApp group that was set up also helped to boost my confidence and prepare for motherhood interacting with other people in the exact same position. Worth every penny so THANK YOU! xx
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Amy J.
11/26/2019
Me and my partner attended the classes at Trentham, at first we were apprehensive but we found the classes really interesting. We also found them useful to meet other new parents who we have continued speaking to for support and have met up with since the class ended. I would definitely recommend! My partner enjoyed the classes to and met other dads in the same boat as him, I think it prepared us both for labour and what comes after when you are holding your gorgeous baby and suddenly realise you have so much responsibility.
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Mel
2/15/2020
The course is amazing. It was so informative and me and my husband got so much out of it- we looked forward to going every week.
Gemma was fabulous, she was really approachable and you could ask her any question. She is clearly a very experienced midwife with a wealth of knowledge.
It was also really good to meet up with other mums and dads to be and to hear that everyone felt the same!
Me and my husband have much more understanding of the stages of birth and pain meds, which we were struggling with before - this has made us both feel calmer than before the course!
We would recommend this course to anyone, thank you so much!
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Rosie W.
2/14/2020
Can't recommend this course highly enough. Not only for the structured course content which genuinely helped us so much, but for the extra support outside of classes too. I felt so much more prepared and empowered for labour as a first-timer based on knowledge from the classes that would never have occurred to me, but I also got to meet a fantastic bunch of people and I think we've all really enjoyed celebrating each of our arrivals and sharing our experiences/advice so far. Gemma has been a true legend and was ultimately the first person to know I was in labour after I reached out to her for advice when I couldn't get through to the hospital straight away. Her knowledge, help and support can't be underestimated!! Can't wait for the group reunion!
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Ellie R.
9/22/2021
We recently attended the Trentham Expecting classes after lots of recommendations from friends and were not disappointed! Gemma is very knowledgeable, friendly and approachable! We would highly recommend these informative classes to others!
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Emily L.
7/19/2019
The expecting antenatal course was very informative and gave us confidence as first time parents. Our local expecting midwife, Gemma, was extremely supportive and knowledgeable and offered us lots of reassurance. Would highly recommend
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Mathew N.
8/05/2020
The course is amazing. It was so informative and me and my husband got so much out of it- we looked forward to going every week. Gemma was fabulous, she was really approachable and you could ask her any question. She is clearly a very experienced midwife with a wealth of knowledge. It was also really good to meet up with other mums and dads to be and to hear that everyone felt the same! Me and my husband have much more understanding of the stages of birth and pain meds, which we were struggling with before - this has made us both feel calmer than before the course!We would recommend this course to anyone, thank you so much!
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Rosie W.
2/19/2020
These classes take you through everything from pain relief options in labour to feeding, bathing and looking after your baby. Gemma is fantastic and there are no awkward role play activities. As a first time mum these classes are the only training you get and I’m so glad I decided to enrol!
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Claire P.
9/22/2021
Me and my husband attended the expecting course run by Sarah (who was also our midwife) in Wolverhampton in July 2019. I cannot recommend her highly enough. Our daughter is now 6 months old and we still think back on it very fondly. We felt so much more prepared for birth and the choices available to us through the course. Sarah was an excellent host and we have made great friends with the other couples we did the course with with. Mom's and babies still regularly hang out. If you have a good host it is worth the money, it's great knowing they are trained and practicing midwife's who really know what they are talking about and much cheaper than NCT. I spent ages agonising over which to do but glad we chose Expecting and Sarah.
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Gemma H.
3/04/2020
Classes at Trentham with Gemma. We weren't sure what the classes would be like but enjoyed every session! Information provided was perfect and such a lovely and welcoming set up. No questions felt too silly to ask!
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Ceri M.
8/31/2019
Absolutely fantastic course that really is a must for expectant parents. The classes are divided into easy to follow sections each week and the content is clear and concise.

Nothing was too much trouble for Gemma who personalised the core content to suit the individuals and provided additional visual aids. Highly recommended!
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Jody N.
7/19/2019
Gemma explains everything super clear and doesn't leave you stay in doubts. She helped us a lot so we are more confident and aware of what is coming, the options we have, the birth plan, the hospital moment... And the group was also great. Supportive and positive. I would repeat and recommend it 100%!!!
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Rocío d.
2/13/2020
The classes are absolutely fantastic and worth every penny. You will finish the course like we did not wanting it to end. The 4-part video presentation by Freya was very enjoyable and of course highly informative. Our tutor, Gemma, was amazing and extremely supportive answering all of our questions. The added benefit of the course was the WhatsApp group to keep in touch and for product recommendations/information.
You can get inundated by opinions of what you should and shouldn’t do in pregnancy and beyond but these classes allow you to sit back, relax and make your own judgements as a couple. You can walk away with invaluable knowledge and decide what you both think is best for your family. This, for us, has been the highlight. Highly recommended.
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Dave J.
9/22/2019
My husband and I have just finished the classes with Gemma at Trentham.
We were really impressed with the information provided. Gemma added lots of additional information and advice and the classes were the right size to over feeling overwhelming.

We both feel prepared and much more confident about labour and the early weeks.

The online downloadable guides are great to print out and keep handy.

If you’re wondering whether to book, we say definitely do! The classes surpassed our expectations and we honestly learnt so much!

Thank you so much Gemma xxx
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Hayley M.
9/25/2019
Gemma who ran the class was lovely. Really informative content and a nice small group so didn't feel intimidating.
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Joanne A.
6/06/2019
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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 discussions etc!

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/sexual orientation. 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!