Prepare for birth and postnatal recovery
This award-winning course is taught by qualified Mindful Birth Group® teachers in a live format that suits you best:
In a group
When you book a course you also get immediate access to the online Parent Hub, which covers you for all of your birth, baby and postnatal preparation.
We are here for you every step of the way.
Want to meet others and learn in a group setting?
Duration: 8 hours of live learning
In-person courses: £384 / Zoom courses: £330
Prefer to learn 1:1 in the privacy of your own home?
Duration: 6 hours of live learning
In-person courses: From £425 / Zoom courses: From £380
When should I book a course?
Most people take their course at around 24-30 weeks, but it is never too early or too late to learn.
The earlier you sign up to your course with us (anytime from 12 weeks) the sooner you can make use of the online Parent Hub support. However, we also have many parents joining us from 30 weeks onwards, as there is so much to gain for those later weeks of pregnancy and postnatally too!
If you’re not sure which course is best for you, or if you have any other questions, then just ask us.
If you would like to birth your baby vaginally:
- How to know when labour is starting
- The stages of labour and how to support each stage
- When to go to your chosen birth place or ask your care team to come to your home
- Birth place options and the differences between them (Home, birth centre, labour ward)
- Comfort measures and pain relief options
- Induction methods and the risks and benefits of each
- Navigating unexpected turns, including unplanned caesarean and assisted birth
- Writing your birth preferences & sharing them with your midwife / consultant
If you are having a planned caesarean birth:
- Preparing for an abdominal birth with your care team – questions to ask to help you to prepare
- The day you meet your baby, what to expect and how you can adapt certain elements to feel more connected to the birth
- Postnatal recovery options and important aspects to know
- Writing your birth preferences & sharing them with your midwife / consultant
- How to adapt your environment to support the stages of labour (vaginal birthers) and support the hormones of parenthood (all births)
- How to create the optimal pregnancy, birth and postnatal environment however or wherever you meet baby. This is key for both your emotional and physical wellbeing
We take a mindfulness-based modern approach to hypnobirthing to ensure the tools apply to all birth scenarios, especially when so much is unknown. These tools will support you to feel relaxed and connected throughout your pregnancy and birth, however birth happens. They are also completely relevant for life, not just birthing!
- Understanding the mind-body connection
- Breathing techniques
- Visualisation techniques
- Positive affirmations
- Relaxation audios
We know that this is the part that a lot of parents don’t prepare for. It’s normal to think about the baby, and how to care for them. But what about you and your recovery? We educate you on what to expect in the hours, days, weeks and months post-birth and how to prepare for this incredibly important time. How you recover from birth really can pave the way for how you experience the early years as a new parent, and sometimes the rest of your life if it is a particularly difficult time. Read more about this part of our support here.
Caring for baby
As part of your course, you will be given access to the online Parent Hub which hosts a comprehensive library of evidence-based, supportive information to prepare you for meeting your baby. We purposefully set this part of the course up as on-demand videos and reading so that you can refer back to it even when baby is born. We also like to keep it up-to-date as new study findings are released and new resources become available.
As part of the course you’ll be given:
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Ongoing support through the Parent Hub
We know from studies that a lack of support throughout pregnancy and the postnatal recovery period can raise the chances of developing perinatal and postnatal anxiety and depression.
We have designed the online hub to ensure that you are supported every step of the way. Through our live and on-demand support, you will be able to mentally and physically care for yourself, talk to people on similar paths and ask experts questions whenever you need to. This doesn’t stop once baby is born, we are here for you throughout the first year of your baby’s life, which is when new parents report feeling the most vulnerable and unsure.
As soon as you book your course with us, you gain immediate access to the Parent Hub which includes:
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Hear about the course from our founder:
We are very proud to say that our course covers all of your preparation and ongoing support needs. So many of our past clients have said they wished they had just signed up to a Mindful Birth course, as they learned everything and more with us vs. taking multiple courses. We include the evidence-based education and invaluable relaxation techniques, which can be applied to all birth scenarios. That really is the beauty of mindfulness. If you take a group course, you will also meet others due at a similar time to you, and don’t forget our online, location-based community too!
Yes, we have partnered with Klarna for a ‘buy now, pay later’ option or Clear Pay for a ‘pay in 4 instalments’ option. You then have the flexibility to pay the instalments off earlier, if you would like to.
You can also pay in one payment too.
Yes, absolutely! You would still have a number of weekly pregnancy yoga sessions to make the most of, which are so great for those final weeks to stretch and release tension in the body. You would also have access to the monthly relaxation session too… again SO good for those final weeks!
Don’t forget that the online communities are tailored to different paths to parenthood and pregnancy situations too- so having access to those to meet people and ask questions will be invaluable at any stage of your pregnancy too.
For after the birth, there are SO many benefits! Including:
- Educational baby care videos including breast and bottle feeding, baby sleep, baby carriers, day to day baby care (think nappies, dressing them and practical things to consider!), choosing childcare and finally, weaning.
- 1 hour postnatal doula session on Zoom, taken in the 4th trimester
- Weekly LIVE Parent & Baby yoga sessions on Zoom
- Moderated & safe online community. Chat about general pregnancy, birth or postnatal related topics or join spaces that connect you with parents on a similar path to you.
So yes, even if you are squeezing your course in at 34 weeks…. you will still have SO much to gain from joining The Mindful Birth Group.
It’s absolutely fine to change course dates or venue (if you are moving house, for example). We just ask for as much notice as possible.
If your 1st choice of course format is not available in your new location / new date preference, we will always offer you a suitable Zoom course option.
Please refer to our cancellation policy here.
We’ve included the topics that we know parents find really helpful to have a heads up on ahead of the birth, and then return back to once baby is born too:
- Baby feeding, with Kathryn Stagg IBCLC
- Baby Sleep, with Lucy Smith from Days and Dreams Sleep Consultancy
- Baby wearing and slings with Wrap a Hug
- Baby First Aid with Daisy First Aid
- Baby changing and practical things to think about for bringing baby home, with Mindful Birth doulas
- Baby Massage
- Introducing siblings
- Introducing your baby to pets with Dogs Trust
- Choosing childcare
This is not something that anyone wants to think about, but we do because it is our duty to look after expectant parents, whatever happens. We will always offer a full refund and support anyone who tragically experiences a loss. We partner with Teddy’s Wish and Bereavement Training International to ensure all Mindful Birth teachers are knowledge about baby loss and supporting families.
Up to 6 weeks before the course start date: 75% or the course amount is refundable up until 6 weeks before the course start date. This is to cover venue, parent hub and administration costs.
6 weeks or less: If a cancellation occurs within 6 weeks of your course starting, 50% of the course fee will be refundable. This is to cover venue, parent hub and administration costs.
2 weeks or less: No refund will be available, unless the space can be filled.
In all cases, an alternative option will be offered which may be in person or on Zoom. We will of course always take special circumstances into consideration, please contact us to discuss.
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