Planning different types of birth
Whether you’re planning to give birth at home or in hospital, vaginally or by caesarean, antenatal classes talk you through the options so that you can be prepared for anything! When we don’t know what options we have we don’t know to ask for them. For instance, up to a third of a baby’s blood is in their placenta and umbilical cord when they are born, and this takes a few minutes to move back into the baby. Waiting a few minutes before cutting the cord means that babies are less likely to get anaemia (low iron problems) sometime before they’re a year old. It can also improve their motor skills as toddlers. You can ask for this delay in cutting the cord even in a caesarean birth – you just need to know about it!
Caring for my baby
The things you’ll learn at antenatal classes with The Real Birth Company don’t just stop at birth! You will learn a huge amount about caring for your baby, from how to change a nappy to settling a baby to sleep. Did you know that your baby’s newborn poo will be like thick, black tar? Don’t worry – that only lasts a few days but you’ll learn how to clean it off as well as how it changing colour tells you that your baby is feeding well!
Feeding my baby
Would you love to breastfeed your baby? Does bottle feeding feel right for you? Not sure? Don’t worry! Antenatal classes with The Real Birth Company will help you to make the decision that’s right for you and your family. There’s no pressure either way, you’ll just learn evidence-based information about the pros and cons of different ways to feed your baby, plus important skills such as how to get your baby to breastfeed, and how to safely make up a bottle.