The day of your baby's birth can be a wonderful, significant, exciting and scary experience. It marks the gateway into your newly shaped family life. The Preparing for Parenthood course includes both prenatal and postnatal topics - after all, birth usually takes less than a day, whereas you will be parenting your child for many years. One of the course sessions is held after all the babies in the group are born, to give ongoing support and to tackle those baby sleeping, eating, activity questions as they become real.
The Preparing for Parenthood courses are designed to give you the information, resources and time to think and discuss about how to have the sort of birth and early parenting time that is right for you and your family. It includes time to practice physical skills, such a relaxation, breathing and massage techniques for birth, and baby feeding and care skills as a parent.
Whilst the majority of the course takes place before the babies are born (usually over three sessions, covering a weekend and an evening), plus RSB sessions for the mother, we also include a session after the birth of all the babies in each group, to focus on postnatal and family topics when they are at their most relevant. Mothers and babies also have a Mother and Baby Yoga session included.
Topics typically covered in the course include:
Normal process of birth, keeping it straightforward and positive for mothers, partners and babies
What to expect in the Swiss (and local French and German) maternity and postnatal systems, including pain management techniques, different birth routes (eg caesarean)m, postnatal care and support
Informed decision making, understanding and navigating the way through different birth and postnatal pathways and effective communication with health professionals
Skills and resources for a mother and her supporters, including KGHypnobirthing and Spinning Babies techniques
Resources and skills for well supported breastfeeding and other forms of feeding in the family
Postnatal care for all the family, including baby and family needs and development in the early months
Resources and support for life as a new family
All classes are run in English and in association with the Basel Children's Trust
Cost 385CHF per family, 365CHF for members on the BCT. As we wish good quality prenatal education and preparation to be accessible to everyone please contact me if cost is an issue, and we can discuss.
Some health insurance companies will reimburse some or all of the cost of the course, however as I am not a Swiss midwife (but I am a highly qualified childbirth educator), not all insurance companies will reimburse the course. However, course participants have frequently commented on what a good and long lasting investment they found the course to be, as it has supported them through many years of parenting and in many cases through multiple births.
Gentle prenatal yoga, combined with discussion time, social support, breathing and relaxation techniques and regular, with partner, skills for labour sessions
Face to face at the Kindermusik studio, second floor, Leimgrubenweg 9, 4053 Basel
25 CHF per session
More details here:
To reserve a place in an upcoming RSB session please use this registration form:
Connected and Contented Baby sessions run every Friday 9.30-10.30 at the Magical Café in Felix Kampfplatz.
These sessions combine Baby Yoga, Baby Massage and Baby Signing for a wonderful session that builds connections within the babies' brains, their bodies, with their caregivers and with each others. Suitable for babies and toddlers of all ages.
To reserve a place in a session please use this form:
Sessions cost 25 CHF per session. Book and pay for multiple sessions of Mother and Baby Yoga and/or Connected and
Contented Baby sessions with a special price:
3 sessions 70CHF
4 sessions 90 CHF
5 sessions 110 CHF
6 sessions 130 CHF
Postnatal yoga, relaxation time, discussion and support for mothers, no matter how young or old their baby. We welcome all the babies to join the class and entertain them with games, songs and rhymes, whilst the class focus remains on the mama. Gentle postnatal yoga, pelvic floor work, breathing and relaxation techniques, along with social support, cake and chat.
Classes resume in January
Current series is fully booked, please contact me to reserve a place in the next series
One to one and small group classes held regularly throughout the year, these classes give your family the support, resources, information and time to understand and plan what you want and need as you become parents.
Sessions typically include topics such as:
Normal process of birth and the Swiss maternity and postnatal care system, including different birth routes, pain management, caesarean birth
Informed decision making and support in developing plans for birth and postnatal period that suits you and your family
Skills and resources for all members of the family to facilitate birth and the postnatal period
Understanding and techniques for successful and well supported breastfeeding, including managing feeding in the family dynamic and when returning to work
Resource, techniques and support for all the family during the fourth trimester and beyond, including use of baby slings
Please contact me directly on email@example.com of via the contact form for more details