Why do an antenatal course?


You wouldn’t expect to start a new career or take part in a sporting event without doing some homework and training first to prepare, would you? This is no exception. To really get the best experience it’s vital to be fully prepared for labour and for the arrival of your amazing baby.

Our local antenatal classes not only offer you an exceptional wealth of professional advice delivered in a friendly and informal way, they also introduce you to a valuable local network of like-minded people who are on the same journey.

The aim of the unbiased and tailor-made antenatal classes, over 18 hours, is ensure you are fully informed and feel confident at every stage,to empower you to make the best choices for you and your baby… plus 4 weeks of coffee meet ups exclusively for each group often result in a lot of classes kindling excellent friendships, which have proved invaluable over those first incredible weeks of being a parent.

The courses provide an environment where couples can share the feelings and dilemmas of approaching parenthood and explore ways of making their birth experience more positive. As a result couples feel more prepared for the birth of their baby and approach the postnatal period with increased confidence.

The objective of the courses is simple.

To give you as much information and confidence as you need, to empower you to make the best choices and give you the best chance of having the kind of birth experience you want!

Course content


This 18 hour couples course will educate you fully on all aspects of pregnancy, birth and early parenting. We will empower you to make the best choices for you and your baby. Every course is different as Debra works with the group to personalize the course according to their needs, however she will normally expect the following topics to be included in every course.

  • Pain management, including relaxation and breathing techniques, massage, positions for labour and birth as well as using water as pain relief during labour and birth
  • The physical processes of birth
  • Pain relief, self help techniques including using Rebozos
  • Pain relief, pharmaceutical methods of pain management including Epidurals
  • The process of planned and unplanned caesarean sections
  • Partners role
  • When Labour does not go to plan – induction, assisted birth
  • The technological help hospitals have to offer
  • Optimum foetal positioning
  • Explore ways of making the experience of birth more positive and comfortable
  • Aspects of breastfeeding and bottle feeding
  • Baby care (bathing, changing nappies, feeding, sleeping etc.)
  • Making informed decisions
  • Share the feelings and dilemmas of approaching parenthood

As part of the course there will be a 2 hour session, led by a trained breastfeeding counsellor, which will cover all aspects of breastfeeding as well as a 2 hour reunion after all the babies are born. Plus you’ll receive a copy of the popular book “Preparing for Birth” by Andrea Robinson. 

All classes include refreshments!

Upon completion of your course, you will be welcome to attend our series of 4 (2 hour complimentary)  post course, practical, interactive sessions.  Set in a comfortable home environment not only can you continue to meet up with the women from your course, these hands on, informal meetings enable you to re-visit the practical side of the course (baby care, labour positions, writing your birth plan, feeding) with Vicky who has recently become a mum. 

Debra’s and Vicky’s role is to offer support, information, practical skills and resources to help parents make informed choices for themselves and their baby/babies.

In this friendly, relaxed atmosphere a lot of classes have kindled excellent friendships, which have proved invaluable over many, many years.

This support network is invaluable in the early months of parenting and we find many groups are still meeting years after their babies were born.

On this course there is more time to build lasting friendships with like minded couples who share the same journey.

Free class


Lets be honest, once the initial incredible emotion and excitement of finding out that you are pregnant has passed, you are left facing an amazing, yet at times daunting journey, through to the final day that your bump becomes your baby! The overwhelming tide of information and well meaning opinion that accompanies pregnancy can be very intimidating, especially when you are feeling all sorts of new emotions. Many niggling little questions at the early stage of pregnancy often do not get the full answers that mothers to be would like to put there minds at ease. At Birth Matters we offer free pregnancy advice and support at this critical time, so why not come along and at the same time get a taste of what our ante natal classes might be like. The classes are open to all women from 6 to 30 weeks pregnant.

The key aims of the course include:

  • Looking after yourself
  • Discussing birth place options
  • Common concerns during pregnancy
  • Changes during pregnancy
  • Meeting other parents in a similar situation
  • Plus much more

If you would like to register for a pregnancy class please send me an e-mail to debra@babymatters-uk.co.uk or please fill in the forms below

  • Saturday
  • Saturday
  • Saturday
  • 22nd of Feb 2020
  • 16th of May 2020
  • 1st of Aug 2020
  • 11.00am – 12.15pm
  • 11.00am – 12.15pm
  • 11.00am – 12.15pm

Woodlands Park Village Centre, Manifold Way, Waltham Road, Maidenhead. Berks SL6 3GW
01628 823964

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Our local antenatal classes not only offer you an exceptional wealth of professional advice delivered in a friendly and informal way, they also introduce you to a valuable local network of likeminded people who are on the same journey.

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Fantastic! – I was concerned about attending the course as I was so tired and thought we could use the money for a nice meal out! However, we did attend and both my husband and I are so pleased we did.

Christina Langton-Rose

An absolute saving grace! Babymatters, is without a doubt a fantastic grounding as well as support group when having a baby – I would definitely say a MUST for any new parents.

Suria Darley
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