Wolverhampton – Midwife Hosted Antenatal Classes

£150 - pay deposit now of £35.00

These classes are held in Codsall, Wolverhampton 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.

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

Description

Midwife hosted antenatal classes in Wolverhampton 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 Wolverhampton 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.

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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

8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th Jan (Mon 7-9.15pm), 12th, 19th, 26th Feb, 4th Mar (Mon 7-9.15pm), 18th, 25th Mar, 8th, 15th Apr (Mon 7-9.15pm), May 13th, 20th, 27th, Jun 3rd (Mon 7-9.15pm), Jun 17th, 24th, Jul 1st, 8th (Mon 7-9.15pm)

Reviews

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We booked this course as first time parents we were really nervous and wanted as much knowledge as possible to help us on our new journey. Sarah was amazing made us very comfortable and the information provided was very reassuring and factual. She helped me and partner feel prepared and eased our anxieties. I would 100% recommend the course to any expecting mom/dad.
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Boobbie E.
Myself and my husband really enjoyed these antenatal classes. The advice and support given by Sarah was fantastic, and she made us feel a lot less anxious about the upcoming labour. I was very surprised that when actually IN labour, the information you absorb over the classes does come flooding back. I kept this all in mind and I genuinely believe it made me have a much more relaxed labour having the knowledge of what was happening to my body. Would definitely recommend
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Jenna G.
Freya's class videos are great and our host midwife Sarah in Penn, Wolverhampton was so lovely and answered all our questions.. she's even been there for us on Whatsapp whenever we have questions. Just finished the course and gutted it went so fast, roll on the reunion! Xx
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Abi J.
Really enjoyed these classes and me and my partner learnt a lot it really helped us when the time came to give birth. My midwife Sarah ran the classes she is brilliant so friendly and helpful in and out of the classes.
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Rachael B.
Brilliant classes delivered by Sarah, we ended up being the only two people booked on to the session we had, at first we were disappointed by this but we had 1 on 1 guidance from Sarah in the comfort of our own home. Sarah was knowledgeable and very supportive throughout the classes and even came to meet my little boy whilst I was still in hospital. Would definitely recommend these classes.
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lizzie W.
We booked the expecting classes after a recommendation from a friend. Sarah was professional, friendly and made us as first time parents feel at ease. Myself and my husband gained the skills to cope with labour, delivery and the early parenting days. Thus allowing us to enjoy every moment. The course content is factual, easy to digest and information is given clearly. I shall be recommending Expecting to friends and family. Thank you.
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Charlotte A.
The Expecting course really prepared us for the birth of our son, we were lucky to have a great experience and this is in part to what we learned from Freya. The course content is great for mothers and partners and gives practical advice. Sarah who lead our sessions was incredible and gave extra support to us outside of the sessions. We would definitely recommend this course to other parents to be.
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Kate K.
Brilliant classes! I thought I wouldn't need them but they were so informative and we both learnt a lot. Sarah is lovely and was at the end of the phone if we had any questions that out own midwife didn't cover. Would highly recommend 😊
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Davinia B.
Learnt so much from these classes and would highly recommend to friends and family! Myself and my husband were originally apprehensive and nervous but were soon put at ease by Sarah as well as the other couples. Sarah was professional and friendly. No question or comment was too silly to share within the group. We really enjoyed getting to know the other parents to be, and sharing our journeys with each other has been our favourite part about the whole process. Thank you!!
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Misba C.
Sarah is fantastic, the course and all her advice, really helped us have a successful and relaxed labour.
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Lucy B.
Sarah was so friendly and full of knowledge. She always kept in touch after the birth which was nice. Also knowing she was a midwife at the hoisptal we were giving birth in was so helpful and we could go to her about any concerns that we had.
Very informative and really did prepare us for the birth.
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Lauren T.
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.
A wonderful antenal class, me and my husband really felt that the classes helped us prepare for birth and for those first few days with our baby. We picked up lots of genuinely useful tips. The other couples in the group are lovely and it's great to now keep in touch with them all. Sarah knows her stuff and is very supportive. We would highly recommend this class to anyone expecting.
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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/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!