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Finding out you are pregnant is such an exciting time… however, if it is your first pregnancy it can also be quite daunting. Many expectant mothers and their partners often turn to antenatal courses and pregnancy classes as a way to navigate the exciting journey of pregnancy and parenthood.

These classes are typically conducted by certified instructors, experienced midwives, and healthcare professionals from the NHS, and aim to provide invaluable insights into the expectations of pregnancy and childbirth.

Joining an antenatal class can prove to be a valuable resource for prospective parents, offering vital information. Antenatal classes are typically a place to prepare for the birth of your child, however, they can also help you to understand pregnancy symptoms and teach you how to recognise the initial signs of labour.

Antenatal classes are especially well-suited for first-time parents and even those who’ve experienced parenthood before but are seeking additional support during the pregnancy journey.

Additionally, there are many supportive pregnancy classes designed to help expectant mothers through their pregnancy. Among these offerings are specialised fitness classes tailored to the needs of pregnant women, including options such as yoga and pilates.

In this article, we will share with you the five best antenatal and pregnancy classes available in the East London area. So continue reading to discover the perfect class for your specific needs throughout your pregnancy.

Bump and Baby Club – Various East London Locations

Bump & Baby Club offers independent antenatal classes to expectant families across the UK, helping to inform and support expectant mothers on their way to parenthood. Classes with Bump and Baby Club are designed to be social and are usually held in a family-friendly pub or wine bar. There are a variety of locations available within the East London area including Walthamstow, London Fields, and Woodford Green

Classes are aimed to be social to allow expectant mothers and their partners to meet other families in the area. The antenatal classes are designed with a modern approach and are supportive of all birthing options. Teachers are experienced and come from a variety of different backgrounds including midwifery and qualified hypnobirthing experts.

Antenatal Classes in East London

Hypnobirthing is included as part of every antenatal class and course content includes the Bumplet guide. Bump and Baby Club also organise a get-together at a local pub for all participants in your group once the babies have arrived.

Hackney Hypnobirthing 

Hackney Hypnobirthing offers expectant parents a comprehensive hypnobirthing programme that includes breathing techniques and aids women in preparing for all forms of labour.

Run by Anna Clarkson, who has a diploma from the Katherine Graves Hypnobirthing School. Anna is passionate about helping other women have a positive birth experience, after experiencing the traumatic birth of her baby.

Hypnobirthing classes cover everything from what to expect from labour and how to navigate the NHS to practical comfort techniques to use during labour.

Hackney Hypnobirthing also includes group online courses, private classes, refresher hypnobirthing for returning parents, and private sessions for women planning on an elective caesarean birth.

Antenatal Classes in East London: Happy Parents Happy Baby – Various East London Locations

Happy Parents Happy Baby offers a variety of antenatal courses for expectant mothers and their families. Antenatal classes include face-to-face classes and classes hosted online so you can learn from the comfort of your own home. VIP classes are also offered, and baby classes for Grandparents who want to brush up on their knowledge.  There are a variety of locations based in East London including Stratford, Forest Gate, Hackney, and Bethnal Green.

Happy Parents Happy Baby antenatal classes are all delivered by a registered NHS midwife and an Obstetric doctor. As part of the course, participants also have sessions with specialists such as qualified paediatricians, hypnobirthing teachers, and a women’s health physiotherapist.

The antenatal classes that are taught in person consist of five in-person group sessions and three online sessions with the specialists. The group sessions range in size depending on the area and can have up to fourteen couples per class. However, there is plenty of time for everyone to ask questions and get prepared for the arrival of their baby. As part of the antenatal course preparing for the birth, baby first aid training, and hypnobirthing are all included. There is also a variety of resources to access at home in between classes.

Antenatal Classes in East London: The Village – South East London 

The Village is a hub for parents in the South East London area and has a range of activities and courses available. As a non-profit enterprise, The Village offers courses and support for parents within the community and includes a few options for expectant parents.

The Birth and Beyond Antenatal class helps parents-to-be to prepare for the arrival of their baby and is delivered by an experienced NHS midwife with the help of a postnatal doula and a lactation consultant to assist with breastfeeding if you require it.

The Village also offers mothers relaxation classes including the Rest & Replenish seasonal retreat. The retreat takes place over one afternoon and is a place for expectant mothers and existing mothers to come and recharge.

The Village also has a baby-wearing sling library to help teach new parents how to safely baby and it also has feeding support sessions where mothers can talk to a lactation consultant or parents can get advice on bottle feeding.

The Hypnobirthing Midwife – Leyton & Hackney

The Hypnobirthing Midwife is run by Nissa, who is an experienced NHS midwife with training in holistic therapies, hypnobirthing, and yoga.

Nissa offers a few class options, however the most popular is the group hypnobirthing classes she runs in Leyton and Hackney. These classes include a 2-day weekend course of hypnobirthing, ten hours of birth prep, and six hours of preparation towards becoming a mother. The classes also include vegan treats, a community Whatsapp group, and a virtual Mums dinner.

The Hypnobihting Midwife also offers expectant mothers private one-to-one hypnobirthing classes and a VIP Birth + Beyond course which includes a postnatal visit and support until your baby is four weeks old.

The most incredible journey

Such a life-changing journey deserves a space in your family album: don’t forget to book a Maternity Photography session or Newborn Photoshoot for your little one!

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