Two informative and empowering workshops for expectant and new mothers and their partners.
As an expectant mum, the last thing you need to feel is nervous and stressed about labour. With hospital birthing classes often providing only basic information about labour and those early days with your newborn, you may feel like you are unprepared for birth and have no support available.
If you feel like you need more information and support to help you and your partner make the best decisions for you and your baby, Easy Birth Preparation and The 4th Trimester are workshops that will provide expectant parents with hands-on skills and tools that go beyond the basic necessities of hospital classes.
Both workshops have been specifically designed by mums to bridge the gap between the basic education provided by hospital birthing classes, and the reality of pregnancy, labour and the ‘4th trimester.’
Women and their partners will walk away from each workshop with a whole range of knowledge that isn't discussed in hospital birthing classes, giving parents more choice, better support and feeling empowered to make informed, educated decisions.
The workshops are run by midwife and certified pregnancy and postnatal exercise trainer Anita Guerra from Fit For 2, and Dr Julia Bartop (TCM and acupuncturist) from Rebalance Chinese Medicine.
Anita and Julia have developed the workshops using feedback from pregnant women about what they actually need and want from a birthing class, so they have been designed by mothers and expectant mothers, for mothers.
During these workshops, participants and their partners will gain a better understanding of their choices about birth, regardless of what those choices are.
The aim is to empower women to feel educated about their choices, reduce the fear surrounding labour and reiterate that resources and support are available when you need it.
There are two workshops currently running in September and October - Easy Birth Preparation and The 4th Trimester. Pregnant women are invited to attend Easy Birth Preparation and continue onto The 4th Trimester workshop.
All expectant mothers are welcome to attend, regardless of whether or not this is their first pregnancy. The workshops are perfect for pregnant women who want to refresh their knowledge of birth, especially if they feel their birth choices were not supported or not right for them the first time around.
Each workshop will provide mums and their partners with the hands-on skills, information and knowledge needed to feel like can make the best possible decisions for labour and into the 4th Trimester.
Easy Birth Preparation
Are you nervous about your upcoming birth?
Would you like to gain as much knowledge as you can so that you can feel empowered leading into birth and know that you can make your own informed decisions?
If so, the Easy Birth Preparation workshop is perfect for you.
As mums themselves who have been through multiple births, Anita and Julia can provide you with the most important information you need to know, along with the right support to reduce unnecessary pain and anxiety.
Topics you can learn about at this exclusive workshop include:
Accupressure for labour and birth, which can decrease the amount of time spent in labour
Movements for labour and choices
Labour and birthing positions
Breathing techniques and Relaxation
Pain relief options
Knowing your choices for IOL, emergency situations and c-sections and being informed
Perineal massage and Relaxation
Importance of exercise until birth including SRC, Pelvic floor and TA for pregnancy and postbirth and care of Abdominal separation
Food preparation for post birth
Essential oils for labour and birth
Breastfeeding and ABA
There will also be a 30 minute Q&A session in which you can ask any of the main concerns you have and get support.
Places are strictly limited to 20 (or 10 couples) so book today. The price includes cheat sheets for labour for many of the topics discussed for easy reference, goodie bag of samples and information for each participant/couple. Lunch and morning tea is also provided.
Essential Information When: Sunday, 8th September from 10am to 4pm
Where: Orchard Road Community and Early Learning Centre, Orchard Road and Patience Avenue, Doreen
To enhance your experience, participants of the Easy Birth Preparation Workshop are also invited to attend ‘The 4th Trimester' workshop on Sunday 6th October.
The 4th Trimester
Do you want to learn as much as you can about the 4th Trimester, to make the transition into life with your precious baby as easy as possible?
It is no secret that having an additional baby can add a lot of pressure and be very demanding. Anita and Julia have developed these workshops based on their own experience as medical professionals and as mums.
It is crucial that new parents know what to expect specifically in the first 12 weeks and most importantly self care for the mother to reduce isolation and minimise the chances of postnatal depression.
It is information they know will help you cope with post birth the best you can.
At this exclusive workshop you can learn about:
What to do in the first 6 weeks postbirth including The Golden Month
Importance of diet post birth
Accupuncture post birth for stress, breastmilk, mastitis, healing c-section wound etc
Physio for mastitis
SRC recovery shorts and why
Importance of women's health physio check up post birth and return to exercise
Osteo Pelvis check and realignment for mum and baby
Breastfeeding and support
Emotional wellbeing and self care for mum
Essential oils for recovery
Support networks post birth
There will also be a 30 minute Q&A session, where you can ask about any of the main concerns you have.
Places are strictly limited to 20 (or 10 couples) so book today.
The price includes easy reference cheat sheets for parenthood for many of the topics discussed, plus a goodie bag of samples and information for each participant/couple, and lunch and morning tea.
These workshop are invaluable. Book today and discover the knowledge and information you truly need to get your parenting journey off to the best start possible.
If you would like to book in for both workshops there is a discounted offer available. Payment plans are also available if needed.
Please contact Anita on 0408 393 368 to discuss. Kids and babies are also welcome to attend as this is a baby and child friendly group.
You can register and secure your ticket here today.
Essential Information Sunday, 6th October from 10am to 4pm
Watsonia Library, 4-6 Ibbottson Street, Watsonia
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