Practical, non-judgmental, midwife-led support through the overwhelming first weeks of motherhood.
WEDNESDAYS 1PM - 3PM // 5 CONSECUTIVE WEEKS // £150 (or £30 per week)
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 and not much more idea what to do next.
Maybe you did antenatal classes, but they didn’t really talk 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 runs over 5 consecutive weeks, on Wednesdays at 1-3pm and is suitable for all mothers of babies aged 6 weeks and under when the course starts. If you would like to join a course, but would rather pay in weekly installments of £30, please do just email us and we will arrange this for you.
Or, if you’d like to join but the available dates aren’t quite right for you, please register interest (letting us know your babies birth or due date) and we will let you know when the next course is launched, adding more dates if there’s enough demand.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
BUILD YOUR VILLAGE
Meet a group of local mums in a supported, facilitated, welcoming environment. Understand and be signposted to the other local services available to you and get help accessing the support you need.
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 takes place in the workshop room, which has buggy access, bouncers, mats, changing facilities and of course access to Aneto’s full menu for food and drink before, during and after your session.
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.
Please note: The course is designed to give general, educational information and signposting. If you have any concerns about your own, or your babies health, you should contact your midwife, GP, or suitable emergency or out of hours medical advice.