Labour and birth, natural and assisted, Cesarean section and epidural, drugs, complications, postnatal period, baby care and breastfeeding.
This course includes four group sessions and one private consultation:
- Four evening sessions 6.30 - 8.30pm, four consecutive weeks in a row (Tuesdays or Thursdays, depending on the first date - see drop down menu).
Session 1: Overview of labour and birth. Natural ways to cope with labour. Breathing and relaxation.
Session 2: Medical treatments in labour and birth. Epidural, induction, C-section.
Session 3: Breastfeeding and baby care in the first days at home.
- Session 4: Breastfeeding technique and practical advice. Role of the partner and best support.
- One-on-one session with each couple - around 30 minutes. This needs to be booked separately, ideally after completion of the above 4 sessions. This session with an Annerley midwife (office hours only, Mon-Fri) will allow you to ask any questions you have left unanswered, to spend more time on any aspect of labour or birthing, or to finalise your birth plan.
- Included also is access to our Babies & Beyond online videos, which are the perfect complement to your practical sessions here at Annerley. You will watch these videos in conjunction with your classes and they are a wonderful resource to be watched again and again at home.
If you can't see a course suitable for your due date, it means we are full unfortunately. Please check out our Express version of Babies and Beyond held on a single Saturday. Fantastic value - same content - lots more dates available.
When attending group classes, please wear clothing in which you are comfortable moving around in, practising positions and massage, squatting etc. Partners
are, of course, welcome and encouraged to attend. They will learn ways to assist and be a part of the birth as much as
they wish. The price is per couple.
Our Birth Breathing classes are an invaluable addition to your ante-natal education - for women only. A one-off session held on Wednesday lunchtimes, and very useful to do after your antenatal classes in preparation for your labour.
Please also see our postnatal home visits for essential support after the birth.
"Last night we had our final antenatal class and I just wanted to send you a quick email to say thank you so much to you all for making the classes fun, useful, engaging and a great chance to build community with other couples.
At the beginning I questioned what we would be doing in class as I felt the videos gave all the info we needed, but on reflection it became clear that the videos were just a starting point - the beauty of the classes was 2 whole hours of questions answered by experts who were honest and warm. As I'm sure you hear all the time, doctors appointments in HK are rushed and I never really feel like they have time for all my questions - let alone the 'silly' ones I don't even dare to ask. Yet at the Annerley classes these questions were never deemed as silly or time wasting - and attention was paid to every question or concern, no matter how trivial we may have thought it was.
Jeff came out of the final class really excited and I am so so glad that there was the Dad's class - he got so much out of it and we had loads to talk about when we went home - including some really thoughtful things that he had considered as a result of what he had heard.
We can't wait to get this labour-party started now and meet our little guy!
Thank you again,
Sam and Jeff" August 2015
The classes are non refundable and non transferable and the private session is not exchangeable for other services. If you give birth before the class is completed or has not started, contact us.
Please understand that once a booking has been made and payment received, all payments are non-refundable. All packages are to be paid fully in advance. Postnatal packages are to be used within the first year after birth. Many insurance companies cover our services so please prepare appropriate forms for us to sign. Prices are valid from January 1st 2014. Cheques should be made payable to Annerley Limited. Bank transfer details: HSBC 808 262125 001 (Make sure to email or fax the payment slip with your name and phone number on it, when the transfer is completed).