Choosing the right antenatal class is an important decision. You’ll need to think about what you’re looking to gain from the course, and what type of class you think will suit you best.
Pregnancy may seem like a whirlwind but it’s important to think about enrolling on an antenatal course sooner rather than later as they can get booked up quickly. Bambino Club has been working closely with women and their partners for over eleven years. They’re passionate about their work and their antenatal course will provide you with everything you need to know during your pregnancy.
Here are seven things you should consider when choosing an antenatal class and why Bambino Club could be the one for you.
An antenatal class should be informative and help you feel more confident and comfortable about your pregnancy. Your mindset walking into a class can be heavily influenced by whoever is leading it, so it’s important that they are qualified and are providing the correct, up-to-date knowledge.
What’s unique about Bambino Club is that they are one of the only antenatal classes in London created and run by midwives. All of the midwives work for the NHS and when it comes to pregnancy, they have seen and heard it all. Their extensive experience means they can provide you with hospital-specific advice and make you feel at ease from the get-go.
The benefit of having midwives leading your antenatal classes is invaluable. With such a wealth of experience behind them, they’re able to give advice on pretty much any given situation.
2. Baby first aid
The fear for a lot of parents during and after pregnancy is what will they do in the case of an accident or emergency. Parents put so much time and effort into preparing for the birth of their child that when they are faced with difficult scenarios after the birth they don’t know how best to deal with them.
To help prevent this, Bambino Club has partnered with local specialised Baby First Aid Trainers who will deliver your fifth class. This will give you the basic first aid skills that can be used to save your child’s life. At first, it might seem a little daunting and overwhelming to think about such situations, however, Baby First Aid Training at Bambino Club aims to educate parents to feel confident in dealing with any situation efficiently and calmly.
Baby First Aid Training is not something offered by the NHS or in the majority of antenatal classes, so this is definitely something to take advantage of.
3. Partners always welcome
If this is your first pregnancy, you may be wondering how your partner will respond on the day. Unfortunately, until the big day comes around no one really knows – but that doesn’t mean you can’t prepare. Partners are involved in every class at Bambino Club and they’re given the practical and emotional advice they need to ensure they are well equipped to look after themselves and you.
No one likes to feel like a ‘spare part’ in any situation, never mind the delivery room. Bambino Club aims to empower every parent-to-be so they feel involved and better prepared for the day. If your partner still isn’t convinced, some of Bambino Club venues are held in pub function rooms, meaning pints are welcome – convinced them yet?
4. Social Activities
For too many soon-to-be mothers, maternity leave can’t come quick enough. However, for many, reality can soon kick in and leave you feeling lonely. Becoming a new parent can be challenging both physically and emotionally so it’s important that you have a good support system around you, especially on your low days.
The Bambino Club keeps class sizes to a minimum and arranges informal optional meet-ups outside of classes to help you build support groups in your local area. Building relationships with other women and parents who are going through similar experiences at the same time is a great way to bond and meet friends for life.
Bambino Club classes include lots of activities to keep things interactive so you can build those important friendships. You’ll go through the journey together and the support you will give each other will be invaluable.
5. Relaxed and Friendly Space
Although pregnancy is one of life’s greatest gifts, it comes with its fair share of emotions and struggles. Pregnancy is a journey and at times, it will be hard. At Bambino Club, their classes are at a time of the week where you can forget about the world outside and relax.
Hospitals can feel medicalised and unwelcoming, but currently, classes available outside of the NHS won’t necessarily be relevant to the hospital you are birthing at. Bambino Club conducts classes in relaxed local communities, creating an environment conducive to learning and making new friends, as well as being an antenatal course that’s delivered by NHS midwives. You get the best of both worlds.
6. Breastfeeding/Infant feeding
Whether you’re a first-time parent or choosing to breastfeed this time around, there are always questions that need answering. The internet is a great tool but how can you be sure that the information being provided is correct?
Bambino Club offers professional and informative advice on all aspects of breastfeeding. This includes how to breastfeed, breastfeeding challenges, expressing, bottle feeding, going back to work and your partner’s role in infant feeding.
You’ll learn all you need to know about breastfeeding and infant feeding in your fourth class. Bambino Club’s aim is to ensure that all attendees leave feeling prepared both physically and emotionally.
7. Mental Health and Well-Being
You may be pregnant, you may be tired and you may feel that your confidence is at an all-time low. If there is a time to keep a check on your mental health and well-being it’s when you’re pregnant. Yes, sometimes you will have that pregnancy glow but sometimes you might just feel down in the dumps.
At Bambino Club, they practice self-care in every one of their lessons. Their class rules are simple: no judgemental attitudes, no pressure and no such thing as silly questions. They also ask that everyone respect each other and maintains confidentiality within the class. Bambino wants everyone to leave classes feeling cared for, confident and supported.
Bambino Club covers information on antenatal and postnatal depression for both the mother and their partners. When choosing your antenatal course, be sure it’s one that promotes open and non-judgemental discussions.
At Bambino Club they will encourage you to speak up and learn everything you can about mental health in and around pregnancy and how to prepare, seek support and deal with it safely.