Pregnancy is a very exciting time, but can be full of unanswered questions as you plan for the birth of your baby. We aim to offer a wide choice of antenatal classes where couples can ask those questions, explore the options for birth and meet other expectant parents.
Antenatal classes accept a maximum of 8 couples (sometimes 6). This is to ensure you enjoy the experience and have plenty of opportunity to ask questions. Demand is high, so please ensure you book by 20 weeks of pregnancy. Please book your classes early. Your midwife can do this for you at your antenatal appointment.
What we offer;
We try to ensure classes are at times and locations accessible to you. Most of our birth education is at weekends or evenings to ensure birth partners can make it.
This evening allows parents expecting more than one baby to meet other parents and share experiences. The session includes a tour of the neonatal Unit. This is not an antenatal class, but a chance to ask questions of a midwife and twin mum about twin birth and life with twins.
Please book a separate antenatal class.
These sessions are held at central locations. Our specialist midwife Annie Parker is there to offer support and advice on planning your birth, feeding your baby and services you can access for further support.
Call Annie Parker to book 07508 042625
This is offered by the Health Visitors. You can book this class by calling 01206 372300 Monday – Friday 9am-12pm.
This 2 hour session focuses on your early days with your new baby. Topics can be flexible to meet the needs of the group. They can include:
Feeding your baby
Postnatal timeline of events
Crying babies - coping strategies
If you are cared for by Clacton midwives please call to book 07900165820
If you are cared for by Harwich midwives please call to book 01255 201224