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FEATURE ANTENATAL EDUCATION


The excitement of


having a baby can also be mixed with worries about birth and beyond. Research from the National Childbirth


Trust has shown that attending antenatal


classes can have a hugely positive impact on parents’ confidence.


The View


T


he NCT’s Preparing for Birth and Parenthood report offers overwhelming evidence to encourage parents-


to-be to attend antenatal classes. The research found that while


only three per cent of women said they felt ‘confident’ about birth before attending an antenatal course, 98 per cent felt ‘confident’ or ‘fairly confident’ afterwards. Lindo Wing senior midwife


Alessandra D’Angelo is a passionate advocate of classes for her parents- to-be.


CONFIDENCE BUILDING “Research shows that antenatal education also improves a woman’s birth experience,” she said. “Great information can really strengthen confidence levels at what can be an anxious time.” Private classes at both The Lindo Wing and Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital cover everything from signs of labour to pain relief options, as well as advice on feeding, hygiene and how to hold a baby. Lindo Wing classes also give parents- to-be the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the hospital and meet the team supporting them on the day.


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