Practical, non-judgmental, midwife-led support through the overwhelming first weeks of motherhood.

5 SESSIONS + SUPPORT BETWEEN SESSIONS TOO // £150 (or £30 per week)

REGISTER TO JOIN A COURSE

To give more flexibility in the early weeks, we will aim to start a new course as soon as there is enough interest to form a group (approx group sizes of 4-8). Just register your details and Rachel will be in touch to arrange a start date with you.

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WHY A FIRST WEEKS COURSE?

So here you find yourself. In a whole new world. A new baby (or maybe even more than one), no instructions, no sleep, no idea what your body is doing right now or who it belongs to. Figuring out new motherhood away from extended family and friends, surrounded by lots of conflicting information and pressure to get things right, but with a baby that doesn’t seem to care much what all the books say.

Maybe you did antenatal classes, but they didn’t really talk much about what to actually expect once the birth was over. Or, you just can’t really remember what they were saying because all you could really think about was (pretty understandably), the enormousness of the birth to get through first. Maybe your group didn’t gel, don’t live locally any more, or had their babies a way apart from each other. Maybe you didn’t do any classes and now feel you’d like a bit of guidance, or a home team of other local parents.

WHEN?

Led by midwife, TAV founder and local mum of two, Rachel, the First Weeks postnatal course will typically run over 5 consecutive weeks, one afternoon per week (Tuesday*, Wednesday or Friday*), lasting 2 hours each session. It’s suitable for mums of babies aged 8 weeks and under when they start the course, and is open to mums of first, second or subsequent babies (though you will need to arrange childcare for any older children during the sessions).

WHAT WILL THE COURSE COVER?

The course will give you a chance to reflect on and discuss how you are finding motherhood so far, in a supportive, consistent group. You’ll have a chance to build friendships with other mums of similar aged babies, whilst also having a midwife on hand to guide discussions and provide information and reassurance.

Here are some of the topics we are likely to cover on your course:

FEEDING BABIES  The hows and whys of breast, bottle feeding and many options in between, Expressing, sterilising, making up formula and information on common feeding complaints and where you can go for help. The course is a safe space to discuss how you are finding feeding, without judgment, in a supportive atmosphere.

FEEDING BABIES

The hows and whys of breast, bottle feeding and many options in between, Expressing, sterilising, making up formula and information on common feeding complaints and where you can go for help. The course is a safe space to discuss how you are finding feeding, without judgment, in a supportive atmosphere.

PARENTING AT NIGHT  Evidence based, practical and realistic information about safe baby sleep, for nap and night times, including safe co-sleeping. Why do babies sleep as they do? What’s normal? Discussions around coping at night, with disrupted sleep and the impact that this has on your wellbeing and relationship.

PARENTING AT NIGHT

Evidence based, practical and realistic information about safe baby sleep, for nap and night times, including safe co-sleeping. Why do babies sleep as they do? What’s normal? Discussions around coping at night, with disrupted sleep and the impact that this has on your wellbeing and relationship.

HOW ARE YOU?  Information and signposting on the symptoms of postnatal mental health concerns and where to find support. A chance to talk about how you found the birth, consider how to foster postive mental health in this phase, and think about how you are adjusting to parenthood so far.

HOW ARE YOU?

Information and signposting on the symptoms of postnatal mental health concerns and where to find support. A chance to talk about how you found the birth, consider how to foster postive mental health in this phase, and think about how you are adjusting to parenthood so far.

PRACTICAL BABY CARE  From slings to swaddling, settling, sshing, what they should be wearing and washed with. What are Colic, Reflux and is there anything to be done about all the crying?

PRACTICAL BABY CARE

From slings to swaddling, settling, sshing, what they should be wearing and washed with. What are Colic, Reflux and is there anything to be done about all the crying?

PHYSICAL WELLBEING  What is normal in the postnatal period in terms of recovery? From piles to prolapse, continence to common feeding issues, what are the things to be alert to, where can you go for help, and when can you hope to feel less… postnatal.

PHYSICAL WELLBEING

What is normal in the postnatal period in terms of recovery? From piles to prolapse, continence to common feeding issues, what are the things to be alert to, where can you go for help, and when can you hope to feel less… postnatal.

Really great tuition, super knowledgable, practical tips were very useful.

Good to be given by an experienced midwife, as well as a mum.

Very impressed, would recommend.
— Feedback from Rachel's antenatal classes

WHAT CAN I EXPECT?

You can expect evidence based information, and a non-judgmental, supportive atmosphere, where you will be facilitated to meet a group of local friends and access the information you need to confidently make your own decisions in this phase. The course is suitable for mothers to attend with their babies, and to feed, change and care for them during the course. Please don’t worry about your baby being ‘good’; during the course sessions, about how your are feeding or transporting them, about being exactly on time, perfectly presented (or even remotely well presented at all). Come as you are. You are so welcome. The activities and information is designed to be digestible for tired, distracted new mums, and allows for time for feeding and settling crying babies.

*Tuesday and Friday sessions may be held at another E.Dulwich location rather than at Takes a Village. For more info do register interest above.