All parents have worries or questions about birth and the weeks that follow, no matter what age you are, but antenatal classes can help alleviate those fears.
Emily Vickery, who runs antenatal courses for young parents with NCT (National Childbirth Trust), explains what happens at one of her classes and how they can help.
Young parents antenatal classes are a fantastic way to meet other young parents and find the information you need to make an informed choice about your birth, as well as explore what kind of parent you want to be.
Young parent classes are small and friendly, allowing you to ask any questions without being worried about being judged.
The courses I run cover the following topics:
- feeling confident about birth
- connecting with baby
- exploring what kind of parent(s) you want to be
- postnatal health and well-being
- where to access help and advice after birth.
Classes are relaxed, with chances to practice caring for your new baby.
You are certainly not sat down and talked at, as your questions, ideas and thoughts are very important, as you explore your future role as parents.
For most people doing something new for the first time can feel scary.
But your antenatal teacher will be there to welcome you and put you at ease.
I always encourage my mums if their partner is unable to attend, to bring a friend or family member to support them, which in turn helps them to feel at ease.
How to find an NCT young parent antenatal course
To find out if there are any young parent antenatal classes in your area, call the NCT support line on 0300 330 0700 (option 2).
You’ll be put through to your local representative who can tell you whether there are any NCT antenatal courses running in your area.
What if there are no NCT young parent courses in your area?
The best place to start in the first instance is to approach your local children’s centre.
They can provide you with information on what support they can offer you both in the antenatal period, as well as when your baby arrives. Parenting can be both hugely rewarding, and at times be difficult too. Knowing where to access help is important in ensuring you are fully supported throughout your parenting journey.
More on antenatal classes from young parents
Young mum Morgan talks about how going to her antenatal appointments may have saved her baby’s life for Our Chance.
Here’s what Morgan says in the video if you can’t watch it…
Young mum Stephanie tells us all the details of when she gave birth to the lovely Joshua below, and how her antenatal classes helped prepare her. Here’s what Stephanie says in her video if you can’t watch it.