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.
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.
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:
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.