Why do we need antenatal classes?


Getting pregnant was the easy part! Now you need to find out how labour hormones can assist you and what happens during giving birth and beyond. Origin’s partner Elsabe Brusser of Mother Instinct – a midwife with over 34 years of experience –- runs an Antenatal Weekend Workshop at Origin. This is why you should attend:

1.Know your options

Not many couples know that they can made choices regarding the care they receive during their pregnancies, their care providers, methods of giving birth and places where they can birth their babies. Elsabe will fill you in.

2. Being boss at birth support

Trust us, the more you know, the better at it you will be. Antenatal classes will equip you fathers-to-be with tools to make you the finest birthing partner a woman could have.

3. Manageable labour

It has been proven that women who attend antenatal classes often report that their labour

wasn’t as bad or overwhelming as they thought it would be. Having a better idea of what to expect and how to work with and understand their bodies really helps.

4. Learn about babies and stuff

From nappy changes to burping techniques, these skills are very (very!) handy once back home with your newborn.

5. Understanding breastfeeding

Breastfeeding seems normal and surely something that all moms can do ... and yes they can, but some need a bit more help. You will learn all the ins and outs, whys and hows.

6. A positively enhanced experience after birth

Fact: The better prepared and less surprised you are during labour and birth, the more positive the experience will be. This also applies when birthing experiences don’t go as planned, because the classes teach you about plan B too!

 See under Team, ‘On-site supporting practitioners’ for more information. Book or enquire: elsabebrusser@gmail.com. See www.motherinstinct.co.za


Happy group of antenatal class attendees taken at Origin Family-Centred Maternity Hospital

Happy group of antenatal class attendees taken at Origin Family-Centred Maternity Hospital