Mamacare Antenatal Education
All pregnant women are welcome to attend The
Wellbeing Foundation MamaCare Antenatal
Education classes. Classes are led by a qualified
midwife, held weekly. Partners and family
members are welcome. The sessions will give
pregnant women practical information, advice
and support to help prepare for birth and care
for their newborn.
When to Seek Medical Help
- Malaria in pregnancy
- Bleeding or spotting
Coping with Pain
Learning about labour can help make you feel more in control and less anxious about what is going on.
If this is your first pregnancy, you can’t know how painful your contractions will be, or how you will naturally cope with them, so it’s hard to
know which pain relief options you will need.
Finding out about pain relief options can be very reassuring. In this session you will learn about different pain relief options, how to relax, stay calm,
breathe deeply and try different positions.
- Relaxation techniques, breathing and massage
- Different positions
- Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve
- Stimulation (TENS) machine
- Gas and Air (Entonox)
Eating in labour
How will I know I am in labour?
Going into labour is exciting, but you may also feel apprehensive, therefore it helps to be prepared well in advance.
Knowing all about the stages of labour and what to expect can help you to feel more in control when the time comes.
There are three stages of labour.
The signs of labour
You are unlikely to mistake the signs of labour when the time really comes but if in doubt don’t hesitate to go to the hospital
and be checked. There are three stages of labour In this session
we talk about:
First Stage: The cervix gradually opens up (dilates) Second Stage: The baby is pushed down the birth canal and is born
Third Stage: The placenta comes way from the uterus and is also pushed out
Your Baby - Your health
There is nothing like the feeling of holding your new-born in your arms for the first time. In this session we talk about:
- Care of the new-born- what to look out for.
- The importance of Skin to skin
- Breastfeeding: How the body makes milk
- The first feed
- Positioning and Attachment
- Common breastfeeding problems
- WBFA Ten Steps for successful breastfeeding Break
- Pelvic Floor Exercise
- Family planning
- Emotional changes following Childbirth
Fathers and Grandparents are welcome
Twins, Triplets and More
Twins often arrive a little a bit early.
If you are expecting twins start your classes early when you are around 24 weeks pregnant because babies are more likely to be born early.