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3 reasons to take your prenatal education class earlier
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You’ve decided that prenatal education is a “must have” for you… but when do you sign up?

Taking a prenatal education class is such an important step towards preparing for your birth. A good prenatal education class will help you explore the different options you have when it comes to your birthing space, your care providers, pain medications, and hands-on ways you can stay on top of your contractions. No matter how you are planning on giving birth, there are choices you will have to make along the way and knowledge is power.

25 weeks is the perfect time to take your class.

Because there is so much to learn, you want time on your side. Signing up for a prenatal education class around the midway point of your pregnancy means you will have time to process all the information that is presented to you and figure out what you want to fold into your vision of birth. It is never too late to sign up for class, but earlier is better!

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3 reasons why taking your prenatal education class earlier is a GREAT idea!

  1. Time to research and plan.

    There are a TON of books, blogs, articles, and videos about birth out there. There are so many, in fact, that it can be hard to know where to start! When you take your prenatal education class around the “half way” mark of your pregnancy not only are you giving yourself time to read and explore, you are giving yourself some direction! Ask your prenatal education teacher for suggestions and dig in!

  2. Time to ask questions.

    If you think about it, you only see your midwives, doctor or OBGYN approximately 15 times throughout your pregnancy (unless any additional scans or checks are needed). Assuming you take your prenatal education class around week 25 that means you may only have 6 or 7 visits left to talk to your care provider, ask them questions, and work together towards a plan that includes your birth goals. The later you take your class, the less time you have to really dig into the details with your team! Trust us, you WILL walk out of class with new information and some really important questions!

  3. Time to practice.

    One of the best things about a good prenatal education class is the opportunity it gives you and a birth partner to learn and practice new skills that will be SO important in keeping you comfortable, calm and confident during your labour. The earlier you take your class, the more time you have to practice what you have learned and you know what they say, practice makes perfect! It has been shown that when you take a prenatal education class that encourages you to take your new skills home and practice them you are significantly more likely to use them during labour and to use fewer medical interventions! Win Win WIn!

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Have you registered for a prenatal education class yet?

If you haven’t, now is the time! Whether you can take your class around 25 weeks or not, try to choose a date that is going to leave you with enough time to process all of that info, connect with your care provider to ask questions, and to practice those skills! If you are in the Peterborough area we would love to see you in the Birth + Baby Prep School - the most inclusive, positive, and empowering class in the area!

Birth + Baby Prep School Summer Sessions

Summer school is in!

If you are looking for a hands-on prenatal education experience, Hello, Baby! has got you covered with the Birth + Baby Prep School weekend classes.  This convenient 2 day class will give you the confidence boost you need for an empowering and positive birth and get you ready to navigate life with a newborn. Our spring sessions filled up FAST so we have rolled out of summer dates!

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Birth Prep

Saturday (Day 1) is all about labour and birth!  Your Hello, Baby! doulas will help you create a recipe for a positive and empowering birth! LEARN and then PRACTICE is our motto. To get you and a birth partner ready for birthing your baby your way we will learn about: 

  • Hospital, Home or Clinic birth
  • Preparing for a positive and empowering birth - how the heck can we do this?
  • What can my birth partner do? 
  • What can I bring to my birth space?
  • What's a birth plan and how can I use it?
  • How can I cope emotionally and physically?
  • What are my pain relief and induction options? (natural and medical)
  • What is a doula and how can they help us?
  • What is a placenta? What can I do with it?
  • “What if” scenarios and how to cope

We will also practice positions, breathing exercises, and ways to cope through contractions and pushing. Class includes tons of instructional and empowering videos, exercises to demonstrate what we're learning about... and so much more!

Baby Prep

On Sunday we will be picking up where we left off, which is immediate recovery after birth, what newborns look like and the checks they may have, and what to do once you're settling in at home. Here's a look at some of the topics we cover in this class

  • How long will it take to heal from birth?
  • What can healing from a cesarean birth be like?
  • What is postpartum depression & how do I know if I have it?
  • How much will my baby sleep?
  • How often will my baby eat?
  • What the heck do I do with baby's umbilical cord stump?!
  • How do I swaddle my newborn?
  • What is breastfeeding & how does it work?
  • Who can help me with all of this... and so much more!

Register with a few quick clicks

You can register for all of Hello, Baby!'s classes online with a few easy steps. Choose your class, choose the date, provide your contact information and pay the class fee in less than five minutes!  Hello, Baby!'s Birth + Baby Prep School classes fill up fast so don't wait too long to grab your spot.