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Birth Preparation Antenatal Classes Geneva

Antenatal Classes Geneva
Calm birth and baby
Expat midwie Geneva

Birth preparation classes (Antenatal classes) are a great way to prepare you and your partner for the birth and life with your baby. The best time to start your classes is between 28 and 32 weeks of pregnancy. 

 

Calm Birth&Baby interactive classes are designed to prepare you for the journey ahead, including pregnancy, birth, and life with baby. Classes will help you to make informed choices and answer your questions. ​

 

I have been teaching antenatal classes to parents-to-be  for 7 years and led many lectures targeted to student midwives and midwives on how to teach antenatal classes. My years of practical experience working on delivery suit, birth center, and community will bring the whole experience to life.

Expat midwife Geneva

Calm Birth & Baby offers a set of 3 classes lasting  3.5 hours each (10.5 hours in total) + 2 hour optional fourth class in a group.

For parents whose baby is due very soon and who don't have the time to do the full course an option of Summarised Antenatal Classes, lasting 4 hours, is also available. 

All classes are taught in English. You can chose to have your classes one-to-one at the comfort of your home, on-line (zoom or skype) or in a group.

For Hypnobirthing classes please visit the KG Hypnobirhing page on this website.

 Your basic LaMal health insurance will reimburse 150 CHF  towards your antenatal classes and if you have a complimentary or international insurance they might reimburse the whole fee, but you have to check with them first. 

10.5 hours group Saturday's antenatal classes are divided into 3 parts + 4th optional baby feeding class

Class 1: Empower yourself with knowledge and planning your birth

  • The choices you have regarding to where to have your baby

  • Anatomy and physiology of birth

  • Understanding the stages of labour 

  • How do you know that labour has started and when is the best time to go to hospital

  • Coping with contractions and pain

Class 2: Managing labour, birthing your baby and staying positive

  • The role hormones play in labour 

  • Movements and postions in labour

  • How to keep calm and how to prepare for labour

  • Different coping strategies

  • Pain relief options including an epidural

  • Monitoring in labour

  • Pelvic floor exercises

  • Avoiding perineal damage

  • Perineal massage

  • Types of birth

  • Holding baby for the 1st time

Class 3: Getting ready for baby

  • The role of a birthing partner 

  • Birth plan

  • What are normal worries and what is anxiety

  • When nature needs a helping hand (induction)

  • Optimal baby's position for birth

  • Meditation

  • 1st days with baby (skin to skin, bathing, nappy changing, soothing baby, safe sleeping, knowing when your baby is unwell)

Class 4 (optional, paid by the Organisation Arcade Sage-femme): Feeding your baby 

This class is free of charge at the organisation Arcade Sage-femme every 1st Thursday of the month from 10am to 12pm (except school or bank holidays). No booking is required.

  • Benefits of breastfeeding for you and your baby 

  • How often will baby ask for a feed and know when baby is hungry

  • Colostrum and milk coming in

  • Steps to successful breastfeeding

  • How to know if baby is having enough milk

  • Positioning and attachment 

  • Expressing

  • Common breast-feeding problems

  • Responsive bottle feeding

  • What to buy for breastfeeding and bottle feeding

  • Any of those 3 classes cannot be booked individually as they are related to each other and would not make any sense if not followed in this order and together. 

  • Class 4 can be attended separately and individually as it is not related to the set of the first 3 classes. No booking required.

Summarised Antenatal Classes

2 classes, 4 hours in total. Suitable for parents to be whose baby is due very soon or are very busy and cannot do the full antenatal course.

 

Class one: 

  • Types of birth 

  • Role of a birthing partner 

  • When labour begins – sings of labour and when to come in

  • The role oxytocin plays in labour and the effect of fear

  • Keeping calm during labour

  • Coping strategies

  • What things might help during labour

  • Stages of labour

  •  Your labour preferences

  • How baby’s heartbeat is monitored during labour

  • Pelvic floor exercises

  • Optimal baby’s position

 

Class two:

  • Waters breaking

  • Movements and positions in labour

  • Pain relief options including an epidural

  • Perineal massage

  • Birthing positions for the pushing part of labour

  • Avoiding perineal damage

  • Birthing placenta

  • Practicing relaxation

  • Building your nest

  • Induction of labour

  • Things to pack and tips for birthing partners

One to one classes can be customised to your specific needs. For example if you don't have time to do the whole set and want to book only one 120 minutes sessions with me we can go over the most important points or I can answer your prepared questions and give you a handout to read in your own time.

For Hypnobirthing classes please visit the KG Hypnobirhing page on this website.

Antenatal Classes on Skype
One-to-one Birth Preparation Classes on-line

For busy parents-to-be or for couples who live too far. Only the shortened summarised classes are available one-to-one on line

Each session lasts approximately 120 minutes and can be customised to your specific needs.​ 

Prices per couple

CHF 240  per session

One-to-one antenatal classes
One-to-one Birth Preparation Classes at Your Home

If you and your partner prefer more personalised classes in the comfort of your home, the one-to-one classes might be the best option.

Only the shortened 2 session programme can be booked on one to one bases.

Each session lasts approximately 120 minutes and can be customised to your specific needs. 

Prices per couple

CHF 270  per session

 

Group antenatal classes
Group Birth Preparation Classes at the Arcade Sages-Femmes and Bernex

For mums-to-be and  couples who would like to meet other mums and  parents-to-be or would like to take an advantage of a cheaper price. Each session lasts 3.5 hours and is in English language.

Minimum 3 couples and maximum 7 couples.

Price per couple

CHF 420 for 4 sessions

Group antenatal classes
Feeding your baby workshop

Antenatal workshop on everything you need to know about feeding your baby in the early days.

This class is free of charge at the Arcade Sage-femme (states sponsored) every 1st Thursday of the month from 10am to 12pm (except school or bank holidays). No booking is required.

Price per couple

Free of charge

 Your basic LaMal health insurance will reimburse 150 CHF  towards your antenatal classes and if you have a complimentary or international insurance they might reimburse the whole fee, but you have to check with them first. 

Appartment  Athanasi, 1st Floor, Route de Pré-Marais 41, 1233, Bernex, Genève, Switzerland

Tram 14 - stop Pré-Marais and  5 minutes walk to the class

Bus 47, 63, J, K, L - stop P&R Bernex

Bus S - stop Bernex Vuillonnex or stop Bernex P&R​

Bus 43 - Stop Confignon Bains de Cressy

Parking available on bay A 17 or visitors bays. 

“I have found the antenatal classes very helpful and informative, which has made me feel more prepared for labour and more confident about caring for my baby.” 

 

Donna J.

Expat midwife Geneva
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