Antenatal Education

According to a recent study the benefits of antenatal education which focuses on pain relief techniques, led to less intervention in labour and birth.

This study found that women in the study group:

Had a significant reduction in epidural rates compared with women in the control group (23.9% vs 68.7%)

Had a reduced caesarean section rate (18.2% vs 32.5%)

Were significantly less likely to require their labour to be accelerated using artificial means (28.4% vs 57.8%) or have perineal trauma (84.7% vs 96.4%)

Had a shorter second stage of labour (mean difference of 32 minutes)

Babies in the study group were also less likely to require resuscitation (with oxygen and/or bag and mask) at birth (13.6% vs 28.9%)

Birth with Joy! Academy:

I have distilled my 20 years Registered Midwifery experience, 18 Years as an NCT qualified Antenatal educator and 26 years parenting experience into these online courses. There are courses for every aspect of preparing to have a baby and are suitable for anyone, whether you are expecting your first or sixth baby.

If its your first baby and don’t know where to start you can try a mini course, writing an effective birth plan or the full ultimate antenatal course (with or without the additional zoom sessions).

If you have given birth quickly before my Birth without a medical practitioner course may help you feel more prepared – just in case. Perhaps you’ve had a traumatic birth and would like to feel more empowered in your birth choices, then taking my birth plan course, the full Ultimate Birth Preparation Course or booking a private birth preparation consultation with me may be helpful.

Online Courses:

Preparing for a Joy Full Birth Mini Course

If you area first time parent and do not know where to start you will find lots of practical information on choosing your place of birth, writing birth plans etc. It costs just £5 and is a quick “I know nothing, where do i get started?” course.

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Writing an Effective Birth Plan

Everything you need to know to write an effective birth plan. We all know that birth cannot be planned, but planning your birth choices can. To do this you need information about your rights and maternity choices. How to optimise your chances of a straightforward birth and how to ask effective questions is also covered in this course. Cost £15.

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Preparing for Birth Without a Health Professional

This best selling online course was inspired by many families asking for help at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. It caters for anyone who is worried about their baby arriving before they get to a birth centre or hospital, or if your midwife does not make it to your home birth before baby arrives. It also is great information for doulas and partners who may be present at a birth without a midwife in attendance. It contains a lot of practical information for what to do if a birth is happening quickly, if there is heavy bleeding, or a baby that is slow to breathe, as well as the rarer scenarios of shoulder dystocia and unplanned breech birth. It costs £20.

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The Ultimate Birth Supporter’s Guide to Birth (coming soon)

Having an effective and loving birth supporter can make all the difference to your birth experience. They need information on how to create an oxytocin filled birth space, Practical labour skills and how to care for themselves during labour and birth. £15.

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Life After Birth

This popular course Is a comprehensive guide to life with a new baby. It covers what to expect day by day in the first week, and baby care up to 6 weeks after birth. There are practical videos on all aspects of baby care and safety. I also cover your postnatal recovery and mental health, and share practical tips to make your life as a new parent a little easier. It costs £30.

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The Ultimate Labour and Birth Preparation Course

My ultimate birth preparation course contains everything you need to prepare for labour, birth and new parenthood. It covers everything in my other classes in the one course so is the only course you will need. It helps you prepare by looking at birth fears and beliefs, and preparing for life after birth. I cover practical preparation for labour and birth, and downloads including birth plan templates and what equipment to get ready for labour and baby. You will find videos of practical parenting tips for feeding and soothing, changing nappies and bathing your baby. As well as an extensive list of resources. It costs £50.

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Fully Interactive 4 Week Labour and Birth Preparation Course

My Interactive course is the most comprehensive antenatal course I offer. It is suitable for women, pregnant people, and their birth partners. It is best taken in the third trimester when you are focusing on birth more, but is useful at any stage of pregnancy. You get access to the 4 week on-line course outlined above plus 4, weekly one hour group zoom sessions with me, to practice relaxation, visualisation techniques, massage, labour positions, and how to cope with contractions. There is plenty of time to ask any questions you have, or ask for any clarification needed during our meetings. You also get exclusive access to further information in my private facebook group, and can keep in touch and share birth announcements with other people in your class in a WhatsApp group. Investing in this course allows you to share this information with others in your family too! It is suggested that you take this course along with your birth partners, as they too need preparation and access to good quality information. Perhaps your children would like to watch the baby care videos with you, or other family members would benefit from reading the information and research behind my teaching. The introductory price of £90 is per family (concessions are available).

My Next Interactive Courses:

31st May until 28th June 2020.

2nd August to 30th August 2020

November 2020

February 2021

June 2021

Please email joy@birthjoy.co.uk to enquire which course have places available.