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9 Top Tips For Choosing The Best Antenatal Class

Finding the right antenatal class is one of the most important decisions you can make in preparing for the arrival of your newborn.

Offering valuable information on pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood, antenatal classes are a great way of helping you to make informed decisions when you’re expecting. However, finding a course that feels right for you can sometimes seem like a daunting task, and it can be difficult to know where to start. That’s why we at The Parents Class have put together 9 top tips to help you choose the class that’s right for you.

Think About Your Preferences

Consider what it is you want from your antenatal class. Although most classes offer a general overview of pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood there are classes available that also provide the most up-to-date details on topics often missed by other antenatal courses, such as the benefits of upright birthing, stem cell banking and optimal cord clamping. It is worth researching which classes offer the latest, evidence-led information in order to make an informed decision.

Check Their Credentials and Reputation

Check the credentials of the antenatal class’s teachers, along with their reputation for providing evidence-based teaching. A good way of going about this is by looking for antenatal classes led by NMC registered midwives, who not only have years of experience in the birthing room but are also experts in providing the very latest in evidence-led antenatal education.

Seek Out Recommendations and Read Reviews

Whether it’s from friends, family or healthcare providers, word-of-mouth recommendations are a fantastic way of learning about different highly rated classes, and of working out whether a particular class is suitable for you and your needs. It may also be a good idea to check the reviews for any class you’re considering as they can occasionally provide more in-depth information about a class’ content, teaching style, and satisfaction ratings.

Think About Class Sizes and Formats

Check the sizes of the classes offered and consider what environment you’d feel most comfortable in. For instance, smaller classes might allow for more personalised attention and interaction with the instructor but may lack the sense of sociability and community you’d get from a larger class. Also, have a look at what format of class would work best for you, i.e., one-day workshops, multi-week courses, etc.

Where and When?

For in-person classes, it can be useful to research what class venue options are available. The right venue can make all the difference when it comes to making your antenatal class experience an enjoyable one. The luxury venues for the Full Antenatal and Mid-Pregnancy Courses from The Parents Class, for instance, are handpicked specifically with the comfort of parents in mind. It may also be an idea to note the class dates and schedule. You want to make sure that whatever class you pick will fit in with your availability, and that you give yourself enough time to finish the course before your due date.

Consider the Cost

Antenatal classes vary in price, and it is important to weigh up the cost of a class with its suitability for you. Just because a class is expensive doesn’t automatically mean that it will contain all the best information. However, higher-quality classes do tend to come at a higher price, and it may be worth focusing more on the value of the class itself (i.e., its teaching methods, content, venue, etc.) rather than its price tag. Think about the kind of information, teaching and experience you want to get for your money.

Compatibility and Community

As we mentioned earlier, finding a class you feel comfortable in can make all the difference. This also applies to feeling comfortable around, and connected with, other expectant parents participating in the class. One way of doing this is to see if the class offers any online social presence or hub. ‘Our Community’ at The Parents Class, for instance, helps you connect with other like-minded parents through Due Date Clubs and Chat Groups, whilst also giving you access to a carefully curated database of evidence-led resources, that supplement and elaborate on all of the topics covered in our antenatal classes.

Ask Questions

If you have any questions about the class you’re considering, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the class provider. They’ll answer any queries you may have about their teaching approach, the materials provided, the level of interaction, or any aspect of the class you’re unsure about. There are various ways of getting in touch with antenatal class providers, from telephone numbers and email addresses, (usually listed at the bottom of websites) to social media channels like Facebook and Instagram.

Trust Your Instincts

Try to take your gut feeling into account when considering the suitability of a particular antenatal class. A strong connection to a class’s teacher, its content, or its venue can be a valuable factor in deciding whether a certain class is right for you. Ultimately, trust your instincts.

Remember, antenatal classes are not just about getting information. They are also about building confidence, connecting with other expectant parents, and preparing for the journey ahead. Take your time to make an informed, evidence-led decision based on your needs, comfort and preferences.

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