What happens at antenatal classes?

You might be pregnant and wondering what happens at antenatal classes near you, this is a great question and one that is worth researching more to find the best ones for you. You might see threads asking what are antenatal classes are like on Netmums and places like that and will see there is a big variety in what is available. In essence, antenatal classes seek to help you learn about the birth process, understand your choices and help you make informed decisions about your care during labour and birth.
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What are the most popular types of antenatal classes?

Besides NHS and NCT classes, Daisy Foundation antenatal classes are considered very popular - Fi Hennessy of Bumps and Births offers Daisy Foundation antenatal classes at the Sheffield Wellness Centre. Read her antenatal class reviews from local Sheffield mums.

Did you know, Fi Hennessy offers a range of Daisy Foundation perinatal classes including baby massage and baby yoga as well as parent workshops? Want to check when the next antenatal class term starts? Check Fi's upcoming classes and book online easily through the Daisy Foundation. Continue reading to get your antenatal questions answered.

What happens at Daisy Foundation antenatal classes?

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At The Sheffield Wellness Centre Fi offers The Daisy Foundation Antenatal classes which use the unique Active Antenatal method. If you're struggling to decide between NCT, pregnancy yoga and hypnobirthing then this is the antenatal class for you!

Each term follows a 6-week program which is suitable from 14 weeks of pregnancy and can be repeated as many times as you like. The sessions are 1.5 hours long and combine gentle flowing movements, birth breathing, education and relaxation.

There's also peer support from other mums, unbiased support and non-judgemental guidance from Fi.

Are Daisy Foundation classes good for different birth plans?

Antenatal classes at the Sheffield Wellness CentreThe movement sequences are based on yoga and help to ease pregnancy aches and pains as well as helping baby into a good position for birth. This is great for vaginal birth and cesearean birth. The 3 birth breaths are linked to the movements and your body which is just where you'll need it on your birthing day, no need to listen to endless tapes or downloads, just listen to your body.

What are some of the best bits about Daisy Foundation classes?

The education is delivered in easy to understand language, absorbing into your unconscious brain and backed up with weekly emails with further reading and ideas to expand your understanding of birth. Every evening is rounded off with a superb guided relaxation, allowing you to let go of the week's worries and focus on you and your bump. Most mums say this is the best part of their week!

The Daisy Foundation antenatal classes are FEDANT approved which means you can be assured of the quality of education and the program which is helping you. The antenatal classes which Fi runs near you are small cosy classes with no more than 8 mums per session.

This is important to Fi as it means she can provide a more bespoke service, tailoring the sessions to each mum and making sure that everyone is heard and supported during pregnancy.

Should I do NHS antenatal classes as well?

National Health Service logoYou might be wondering if you should do the free NHS antenatal classes at Jessops as well as a private course. I would always recommend doing the free NHS classes alongside a private course to first-time
mums. The benefits of the free sessions are meeting more people, gaining a further understanding of hospital births and meeting some of the midwives. Most mums I work with say that during the free NHS classes they felt very well prepared and understood a lot of the terminology being used because they were also doing a Daisy Antenatal course as well.

Second-time mums mainly choose not to attend the free NHS antenatal classes because their understanding of birth is greater having already experienced it. However second and third-time mums always benefit from attending private Daisy classes. Sometimes it's just to get that dedicated time in the week away from family and work like, time to bond with bump and take the opportunity for some self-care.

Sometimes it helps mums to unpick a less positive experience last time by learning about different options and pathways they might take. I have supported mums who have 4 and 5 other children too. There really is a benefit to attending private antenatal classes at any point in your motherhood journey.

When do people start NCT classes?

National Childcare Trust logoSometimes when something is assumed the best, minds are closed to the possibilities of other ways. NCT might be right for you but don't discount other antenatal classes which might provide something that little bit different and perhaps more enjoyable? Most mums and dads start NCT classes in order to make friends and while important, it is not the friends who will be birthing your baby.

You are the one who needs to understand what choices they have, what decisions can be made, the implications of these decisions and what feels right for you. The Daisy Active Antenatal class helps you to not only make friends but move, become empowered, relax and learn in a completely unbiased way. The Daisy Foundation cares about your birth experience, not about what choices you make.

How much are NCT antenatal classes?

NCT 'Signature' antenatal classes cost from £159 to £266 depending on what part of the country you live in. The NCT 'Essentials' classes are shorter and cost from £136 to £228.

Are NCT classes worth the money?

It would always be a good idea to research what other people thought about the classes they took. Ask providers to give you a break down of what your money gets you, how much support, class time, outlines of programs and reviews they have. All this will give you a good idea about whether you think it's worth the money or if you want to spend your time preparing for labour in a different way.

No one can tell you which is the right way, that's up to you.

If you would like to talk through the antenatal class options with Fi drop her a line. Her details are below.

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Perinatal classes and pregnancy massage in Sheffield

Fi Hennessy is a co-owner of the Sheffield Wellness Centre, a perinatal educator with nearly 10 years and 4 pregnancies worth of experience. She also specialises in pregnancy massage.

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Richard Hennessy has been a hypnotherapist since 2009 and is one of the highest rated hypnotherapists in Sheffield. He owns and runs Focused Hypnosis and is a co-owner of the Sheffield Wellness Centre. Richard specialises in weight loss hypnotherapy but can help with a wide range of other issues, including phobias.