About First Aid


Life is a precious thing and so are the skills and confidence to save one.

All too often we assume that there will be someone on hand to call for help if we need some emergency care.

However, there are times when some simple first aid training and skills can save your baby or a family member’s life or prevent life hindering injuries.

Our Family First Aid course is aimed at giving you the skills and confidence to treat some common occurring situations. The course is suitable for parents, expectant parents and carers of babies and young children.

Give yourself the precious gift of knowing that you can make a huge difference to someone’s life.

Why do a family first aid course?


  • 500,000 children under the age of 4 are injured in the home every year

  • 44% of all children’s accidents are from falling

  • 130,000 children are injured in the garden each year

  • One million children aged 14 and under go to A&E every year following an injury in the home

Birth Matters cannot take responsibility for the above statistics. They have been compiled from various media sources.

6 hour First aid course content


Session one:

Primary (dealing with an emergency) care

  • HPrevention – making your home safer for your baby growing into toddlers
  • Scene safety – looking after yourself
  • Unconsciousness (breathing and not breathing)
  • Infant, Child and Adult recovery position
  • Infant, Child and Adult rescue breaths, resuscitation and CPR
  • Infant, Child and adult choking
  • Drowning
  • Where to get help/what medical services are available locally

Session two:

Secondary (dealing with non-emergency) care

  • Bleeding/Embedded objects
  • Breaks and Dislocations
  • Burns, scalds, bites and stings
  • Anaphylactic shock
  • Seizures and epilepsy
  • Meningitis
  • Swallowing harmful substance
  • Raised temperature
  • Diarrhea & vomiting
  • Asthma and diabetes
  • Scene safe

Learn through demonstration on resuscitation dolls and teaching aids and then practice your skills in small groups until you feel confident that you are doing it right!

The opportunity to use my new first aid skills arose sooner than I hoped for as during weaning my baby started choking…… I know that if I had not done the course I would have panicked but the course gave me the confidence to stay calm, apply what I had learnt and help him. I am so happy I took the First Aid Matters course and I would recommended any parent to do so for peace of mind.

Katie Wilson

I would like to highly recommend this course. 4 months ago my daughter who was 17 months at the time choked on a £1 coin, without Debra’s guidance on the course I would not have known what to do, I managed to stay calm and perform the necessary procedures to prevent the blockage getting worse

Rachel Smet
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