Types of sessions:
– 2-1 sessions booked on an individual basis
– Couples workshops for up to 5 couples
Venue: Walthamstow, Wanstead or Stratford
£200 per couple per course (concession £150 for recipients of benefits) £100 for women who wish to attend on their own. This fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.
This is a 3-hour workshop for pregnant women and their birth partner. The workshop aims to make labour and birth more understandable and accessible for both mother and birth partner, through learning about options available and situations that may arise.
During the workshop, we go through the birth and labour process, issues surrounding it, hopes and fears and positions and techniques you and your partner can use before and during the birth. The workshop complements antenatal yoga and other childbirth classes.
The workshop consists of:
Visual aids are used in the workshop in the form of photographs and videos to explain the birth process from real situations.
Participants are invited to bring any of the following items with them: Bean bag/Birth ball/Stool, Rolling Pin, Food flask, Water Spray, Massage Oil, Flannel/Towel, Shawl or eye pad. Max size of the group is 4 couples. Confidentiality and respect is encouraged in this workshop.
“Thanks for your support. It has made a big difference…The session changed everything… Had to fight but we did it ourselves in the birthing centre…” – Anne & Sam (March 2013)
“My partner felt much more confident after doing the partners workshop. He remembers appropriate skills and was able to apply them in labour. I didn’t appreciate how much he had taken on board. … It was wonderful to know that he was with me all the way” – Aoife, August 2012
“The birth experience was amazing – something I would do over again in a heartbeat. I think the combination of the antenatal yoga and HypnoBirthing got both me and my husband fully prepared for the experience and everything leading up to it. I really enjoyed your course and will continue to tell other mums-to-be in the area about it.” – Rebecca, April 2012
“The yoga classes and our couple workshop were crucial to the success of the birth. I can’t thank you enough for bringing such good advice and guidance.” – Agnes, September 2011
“Before my first birth, I didn’t attend any birth preparation classes, and I felt very naïve going into birth. After taking part in the Birth Preparation workshop with my partner David, we both felt so much more equipped to have our second baby, and a lot more relaxed!” – Anges, July 2011
* This workshop is not exclusively for couples. If you don’t have a birth partner and want to come on your own, Arlene will work with you directly.
**If you find that the dates stated do not suit you, we can negotiate a personalised 2-1 package that will suit you and your birth partner. Just contact Arlene on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07976903003.