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ANTENATAL EDUCATION


FEATURE 21


Lindo Wing senior midwife Alessandra D’angelo


TAILORED CLASSES Imperial Private Healthcare group classes are intimate affairs, with up to four couples taking part. Parents play an active role and there is plenty of time for questions. Alternatively, bespoke one-to-one classes can be booked, either at home or in the hospital. This can be helpful if work schedules make committing to classes challenging, if there are specific pregnancy concerns, or even if a group setting isn’t right. All classes can be booked from 28 weeks of pregnancy.


A BENEFIT FOR PARTNERS Although the birth experience is naturally focussed on the mother, partners also benefit greatly from antenatal courses. “Classes give both parents the chance to focus on the pregnancy and make it feel more real,” said Alessandra. “Partners have an important part to play in supporting correct breathing and general decision-making. It’s also a chance for them to meet other parents-to-be.” Even if the pregnancy is for a second or third child, there are still plenty of benefits in attending classes. Parents may want to talk through previous birth experiences or get updated on changes in research or birth practices since the first baby. This can all be accommodated. “All parents-to-be can benefit from


our classes,” said Alessandra. “We want to give them all the tools they need to help them focus on their new life ahead with confidence.” V


“Great information can really stengthen confidence levels at what can be an anxious time.”


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“I appreciated how the father’s role was treated with respect”


New father Gwion Lewis attended Lindo Wing antenatal classes with his wife, Esyllt, prior to the birth of their son, Amig. “We chose to have a bespoke one to one antenatal class at The Lindo Wing as my job meant it was difficult to commit to a weekly course. Convenience was a big selling point for us. I had preconceptions that antenatal classes were all about interactive role play, but it was nothing like that. We were largely able to decide the tone of our session which was tailored around our own requirements. All our questions, however basic, were treated with respect and our concerns were taken seriously. I was so pleased that the class was not patronising. Beforehand I thought I would just have a peripheral role in the birth, but I appreciated how the father’s role was treated with respect. As an anxious dad-to-be, I found it really valuable to learn about pain relief. I was able to have all my questions


New father Gwion Lewis with wife Esyllt and son Amig


answered, so when the time came we were much calmer and I felt confident in supporting my wife with her choices. We also found the


breastfeeding element useful, including how the father can be supportive. My wife was given great advice on techniques, so it was not as overwhelming after the birth as it might have been. If resources allow, I would


highly recommend bespoke classes, as I don’t think you can put a price on that level of individual attention. It gave us the confidence we needed in preparation for our new baby.”


The Lindo Wing also offers a selection of additional


classes including breastfeeding, paediatric first aid and baby massage.


Parentcraft is included in the package at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea for midwifery-led births and is available as an optional extra for other birth packages.


For more information about all classes please contact:


Lindo Wing of St Mary’s +44 (0)20 3312 6224 Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea +44 (0)20 3313 1466


Classes are exclusively available to parents giving birth with Imperial Private Healthcare.


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