A new programme of free antenatal classes has been launched for expectant parents across Peterborough and the surrounding area.
The Bumps to Booties classes have been designed by community midwives from Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The sessions are part of a five week rolling programme that covers various aspects of pregnancy, including relaxation techniques, labour and what to expect following the birth of your baby.
Susan Vining, antenatal education midwife said: “We have created a programme of classes to suit the needs of expectant mothers and fathers. Expectant parents are not obligated to attend all five sessions, but can simply pick the ones that best suit them.
“We also recognise the importance of dad’s getting involved in the whole pregnancy and labour experience so we have included a ‘dads only’ session every month. It can sometimes be difficult for fathers to feel fully involved with the pregnancy but there is a lot that they can do to help their partner throughout and to enable them to understand what role they have during labour and beyond.”
The sessions are held at various times throughout the day, in a bid to cater for everyone and in city centre locations, for easier access. There are also sessions for specialist groups: multiple pregnancies, elective c- section preparation and birth preparation sessions for non-English speaking women and partners to prepare them for labour, delivery and life with a new baby. All languages are catered for by interpreters.