Our Prenatal Workshops are a four-part course to prepare expecting parents for birth and how to care for their precious baby in the months to follow. We believe that pregnant couples can benefit tremendously from this preparation, including knowing what to expect during birth (and afterwards) and asking the right questions to guide their birth experience in a way that makes them feel rewarded and empowered. Our prenatal classes are run across four classes by our lead parent educator, Cecile de Scally, who has over 35 years of experience as a Midwife in South Africa and the UAE. The classes cover a range of topics including preparing for birth, breathing techniques, postnatal care as well as feeding and sleep routines that suit your family. We recommend that couples attend the classes from 24 weeks of pregnancy thus enabling them to make the choices that suit their family in time for their birth.
We advise four sessions, scheduled every Saturday at our Malaak Baby Center. Mama & Daddy are advised to come!
Part I- Birth A-Z: focuses on getting you ready for your birth covering topics that include signs and stages of labour, recognizing early labour, when to go to hospital, normal/assisted births, induction, as well as medical pain management.
Part II- Feeding & Sleep: focuses on breastfeeding, positioning and latching, how to know if your baby is eating enough, maternal diets, expressing, bottle-feeding, sterilization, burping your baby, good sleep habits, understanding sleep, SIDS, sleep routines, sleep support techniques and resources.
Part III- Postnatal Care: for you and your baby focuses on maternal care and what to expect, paternal care, your baby weight, cord care, practical baby care including changing and bathing your baby, vaccinations, circumcision, jaundice, car safety as well as guardianships and wills.
Part IV- Intuitive Birth: Your Birth, Your Way focuses on your birth plan, birth preferences, birth partners, breathing and relaxation techniques, massage, acupuncture and labour tips.
C-Section/LSCS: if you are booked a C-section, this session would replace Part I Birth A-Z and is done as a private 2 hour session that covers the C-section procedure, what to expect before the surgery and your post operative expectations, complications of the surgery and a discussion explaining the type aneasthesia used. This session is for first time parents who are having a C-section and know in advance, or second time parents needing to know more about a booked C-section.
Twins Session: (this is a private session) on what to expect when you are having two! We will talk about the specifics of twin births, what to expect in the first few days, NICU, feeding and sleeping routines. This session is in addition to attending the prenatal sessions advised, either Part I-III plus this Twin session or the C-Section/LSCS, Part II-III plus the Twins session.
We also offer families PRIVATE PRENATAL CLASSES at our Malaak Baby Center or in the comfort of your own home. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.