FAQ – Preparing for Parenting

Here’s a list of frequently asked questions about Preparing for Parenting

Is this the same as an NCT class or other antenatal class?

No, this class this focusses on the emotional and physical journey of becoming a parent so that you are as ready as you can be.  Being more prepared for this transition means that you are much more likely to enjoy it and should reduce any risk of a maternal mental health illness. This class focusses on all the factors in addition to some discussion about how your birth can affect you and your baby.

When in my pregnancy is a good time to come?

The ideal time is somewhere between 6-8 months.

Does this mean that there will be lots of scary stories about parenting and lack of sleep and crying babies?

Absolutely not.  There will be facts and information about parenting and life with a baby including what to be aware of.  It will provide you with a massive tool kit of resources so you will know if what you are experiencing is normal and if not, it will enable you to know where to go and get help. It will also not include any of the basics around baby care so there will be no dolls or nappies filled with treacle. The reason being is this class is really focussed about you, your relationships, what it’s actually like to be a parent.  The basics around looking after a baby, whilst for many can feel daunting, these will be picked up surprisingly quickly and you will get help in the hospital for them.

Why is the birth included?

The birth is included as many of us know that birth might not go as you expect it to.  Birth is a massive transition point for many of us, yet we often don’t acknowledge that.  After doing a survey of new mums, the feedback was so many of them felt that they wish they had known how much the birth would have affected them and their baby so we start there as the natural starting point.

Who is this class for?

The class is for any parents.  Single parents are also extremely welcome.  This class might be much more likely to suit first time parents, however, any expectant parent can come along and get ready for the arrival of an additional baby. It will provide up to date, evidence based information.

If you have any additional questions, please get in touch.