As awesome as antenatal classes can be, they are not suitable for everyone. Some families have transportation, social or medical issues that either make classes impossible to get to, or make much of what is taught irrelevant. If your baby has a serious condition and your are not sure if your little one is going to make it, sitting through hours of antenatal education with happy, healthy parents-to-be is less than ideal. Maybe you are expecting a breech baby and need to explore your options. Or what if you are just completely freaked out at the reality that a person is now living inside you? Or you've suffered sexual abuse and talking about the birth makes you feel traumatised? Or the truth is you don't even LIKE babies?!
Kate Evans states in her book 'BUMP: How to make, grow & birth a baby' that "You don't discuss these kinds of things at antenatal appointments. In our culture, the social rituals that accompany pregnancy centre around medical care and, later on, shopping for the new arrival. It's all very practical - it's about blood tests and ultrasound scans, then different makes of car seats and pushchairs. We don't explore the philosophical, emotional or spiritual ramifications of pregnancy. That's not very British." Unfortunately, it's not very kiwi either. I have heard many a childbirth education teacher say that large numbers of clients in an antenatal class is easy because "you don't have to go too deep." BUT IT'S ALL ABOUT GOING DEEP!!
So what is the alternative to group antenatal classes? The Birthing Room offers boutique antenatal classes which have a maximum size of 6 Mums-to-be (plus partners). But if that doesn't work for you for whatever reason there is another choice. The Birthing Room also offers Private Antenatal Education Sessions. You can have as many or as few as you need. The sessions can be done in the privacy of your own home (if you are in Christchurch or North Canterbury), or with Google Face Time on your computer if you are elsewhere in New Zealand.
Some of the benefits of Private Antenatal Education are:
-Only covers topics relevant to your situation
-Can ask any question or talk about any subject (especially the deep ones...)
-Receive a BirthWorks Childbirth Preparation Workbook
-Can be done at a time that works for YOU, not just trying to fit your life around weeks of classes
The Birthing Room is now taking bookings for Private Antenatal Education Sessions throughout New Zealand. Cost $50NZ/hr in person or $40NZ/hr online.
For more information about The Birthing Room's Private Antenatal Education Sessions CONTACT US