Parent education classes help to build self-confidence by encouraging
expectant parents to increase their own knowledge and to learn about the
many aspects of pregnancy.
Midwife specialists and physiotherapists provide
the classes. A dietitian and social worker give extra help and advice at the first
class, which is for mums-to-be only. Partners are encouraged to come to classes 2 - 6.
The classes take the form of relaxed, interactive discussions and
demonstrations. They help parents to become more involved in the pregnancy.
The classes also help to calm fears by explaining the physical and emotional
changes that take place during pregnancy. You get a chance to share
experiences with others and you gain the skills and confidence to make birth
and parenthood a positive experience.
We encourage all pregnant women to attend parent education classes. You will
be offered an appointment to attend an introductory class (mums-to-be only)
at your booking visit.
The remaining five classes will start ten weeks before
your baby is due. In the hospital, classes are held once a week and last for two
hours. If your partner is unable to attend, a friend or relative is welcome to
come with you.
Refresher classes are available and are aimed at women who already have a
child. If you find you are unable to come to the classes in the hospital, there
are classes in your local community. Special classes are held for couples with
support needs (including teenage pregnancy, hearing impairment, language
difficulties, sight impairment and adoptive parents).
To make an appointment for parent education classes, please contact:
FOI Publication Scheme
Maternal Fetal Medicine
Friends of Rotunda
Rotunda Private Clinics
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