Monday, 22 August 2011

Antenatal classes

Today’s tip is mainly addressed to dads-to-be and new dads

If you, your partner or both are about to become first time parents, you will be offered antenatal classes, do try to make time to attend and make sure you pay attention during the sessions, they actually give quite a lot of good advice. Ours certainly did come in very handy and we were lucky that both sessions were in our local health centre with our lovely midwife and with just five other mothers and a few partners. However, despite it all, only a few weeks later when the baby came along, Mr Tapas couldn’t quite remember everything we were told.

I seem to remember that our first class ran when I was about 34 weeks pregnant, when I asked the midwife why so late (I was freaking out that I had no clue what to do when baby was born), she told me that, if we attended any earlier, we would forget most of the information. I think she may have had a point.
However, I did wonder whether it was because it was targeted mainly to the mothers, because the first session was mainly about the labour and he was just trying not to think too much about it or just because of the way the male personality and psyche work.

So, if you feel that you need more, that your antenatal classes didn’t seem to address your needs sufficiently or that you weren’t able to open up about your fears and expectations because your partner was in the room with you, there are now dads-only antenatal classes, head over to to find out more. The list of locations is rather extensive and he is open to new suggestions, so don't hesitate to suggest yours. He even runs a class for new dads with babies under 24 weeks old so, if you're feeling a bit lost, it may be well worth taking a look, you can even take baby along with you.

On a funny note, our midwife had been rummaging through the health centre’s very old files just a few days before our first class, I leave you with this very funny old picture that she found. Do of course feel free to carry out steps 1, 2 and 4, although be careful carrying breakfast on a tray with just one hand unless you really know what you're doing, that pot of tea seems to be steaming hot and it all seems like a big risk if you are already suited up for work (I'm guessing it's not a Sunday morning) and do please find a nice long vase for that flower. Also, don't expect your wife to walk into the hospital so breezily if she has gone into natural labour.

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