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Offering parenting classes for pre and post nanal parents.. Good or bad idea?

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BeckyMumOfThree Fri 08-Feb-13 13:51:00

Hi ladies,

hmm Im new to posting on here and really would appreciate some feedback/ advice on what peoples thoughts are of paying to go classes to learn about the basics of looking after and preparing for a baby. Parents and parents to be will be introduced to a variety of tried and tested techniques and support around various aspects in the "4th trimester" such as feeding, sleeping, bathing and colic. The advice and techniques are shown as options for parents to try and make up their own minds what works for them and their baby. The classes are offered as groups or private sessions ranging from £30-60 for 2 hour session. Some health visitors/ midwives or extra support can sometimes be challenging to obtain after having baby and can take weeks to arrange.

I am debabting whether or not there is a market for this sort of thing before i commit myself to doing the training and parting with any finances. Would people be willing to attend this sort of thing if it was in their area? What would tick everyones box to attend a class (apart from being free?! LOL) Any advice or feedback would be great! Thanks in advance x confused

calandarbear Fri 08-Feb-13 13:54:16

I wouldn't have gone for it. All the lessons in the world can't prepare you for having a baby. I say that as a qualified nursery nurse who had been taught it all but still struggled when my first was born.

babiesinslingsgetcoveredinfood Fri 08-Feb-13 13:56:31

Not for pre-natal, no one believes that it will be as bad as it is. We had a bit of this in our nct antenatal class & it washed over me as I was so unrealistic.

Postnatally, people who need help may not have time/energy.

Not sure then.

Fakebook Fri 08-Feb-13 14:00:19

Hi Becky. <waves>.

Floggingmolly Fri 08-Feb-13 14:00:59

I would have with my first, having no family around and feeling truly terrified smile. I'd think there was definitely a market out there.

nicelyneurotic Fri 08-Feb-13 14:02:15

Not sure. All that advice is given for free by midwives, health visitors, parents, friends and found on the Internet. Not sure I'd pay for it or want to sit through a talk on managing colic if my child didn't have it, or breast feeding if I was bottle feeding, for example

DeWe Fri 08-Feb-13 14:05:46

As *babiesinslings" said people don't believe what it's like pre-natal and don't want to.
I had nannied before I had dc, and so I knew a lot of different techniques, but it isn't anything like the reality of your own baby 24/7.
Post-natal, I think you might get a few-but the real people who need help probably won't feel up to it.

I suspect what you'll get is people who want to be given the sure fire way to make your baby sleep through the night at 2 weeks. And expect you to deliver.

Taffeta Fri 08-Feb-13 14:06:04

I would have paid good money for a hands on training course, ante natal, in the last month, that let me practise changing a nappy and getting a baby grow on.

How to hold the baby, actually having a go at this, what breast feeding looked like, how to make up a bottle, that envelope neck vests can go down over the body when baby has done a leaky poo, all the real minutiae practicalities no one ever told me, that had I known, I would have been a much less nervous parent.

It would be a great gift, maybe from a grandparent to be.

BeckyMumOfThree Fri 08-Feb-13 14:09:08

Thanks all. Hmm some mixed reviews. I agree with you Floggingmolly that some people dont have people they can turn to for advice i.e family and the classes would be more of a group and get together for people too, getting out the house etc.

nicelyneurotic, thanks for your input too. The colic class would be a class on its own so people wouldnt need to sit through it if they were lucky enough to escape this particular hurdle.

All interesting points so far though, thank you all wink

Skyebluesapphire Fri 08-Feb-13 14:14:12

When I had my baby, I had no idea how to change a nappy, make up a bottle, breastfeed, bathe them or anything. The midwives in the hospital were too busy to help or show you how to do anything.

I would have loved some sort of course before I gave birth that would have showed me how to do these things.

sparkle12mar08 Fri 08-Feb-13 14:38:30

Umm, isn't this exactly what the NCT and NHS classes already cover?! They did in my day and that's only 7 years ago...

Taffeta Fri 08-Feb-13 14:54:04

Not at all. See the Kirstie Allsop/NCT thread in active convos.

Taffeta Fri 08-Feb-13 14:55:18

95 % of the NHS ante natal classes I went on focused on the birth, not how to look after the baby.

In my mums day, this was taught by midwives during the 10 day stay in hospital....

babiesinslingsgetcoveredinfood Fri 08-Feb-13 15:07:04

Nct course does a session on this & is available v cheaply Iif in receipt of benefits, so not unattainable for most.

Pobblewhohasnotoes Fri 08-Feb-13 15:13:36

My nct classes did this, so no. Plus HV and midwives give this advice anyway.

What sort of training would you have? Would your advice be based on guidelines and research?

SpottyTeacakes Fri 08-Feb-13 15:21:49

Is this a BabyCalm thing? (Am I allowed to mention names?!)

DizzyZebra Fri 08-Feb-13 15:28:48

No, i've had two children, i don't need any classes about birth. If i have a specific condition or anything in future pregnancy i would ask a qualified professional, which as far as i can see, is not you or anyone you would be hiring?

As for post natal... Why would anyone drag their babys out to a class, presumably the fact their baby isn't dead yet says theyre doing ok?

DizzyZebra Fri 08-Feb-13 15:29:28

Also, may i ask what makes you feel you are qualified to be 'teaching' this sort of thing?

Pobblewhohasnotoes Fri 08-Feb-13 15:48:22

Also, may i ask what makes you feel you are qualified to be 'teaching' this sort of thing?

I'm a children's nurse so I'd like to know too.

babiesinslingsgetcoveredinfood Fri 08-Feb-13 16:52:46

I'm nosy & judgy so I'd like to know too grin

valiumredhead Fri 08-Feb-13 16:55:00

HVs give this advice if needed, I wouldn't pay for a course.

thebody Fri 08-Feb-13 17:16:36

Not sure becky, I think there might be as a sociable gathering meet up thing to chat and make friends but most post natal women organise this themselves.

I think there are so many polarised opinions on baby and toddler raising and so many differing situations you can't teach a one size fits all.

What are your qualifications? Do you have am ethos?

Sunnywithshowers Fri 08-Feb-13 17:47:37

YABU to post this in AIBU.

Flisspaps Fri 08-Feb-13 17:58:38

Don't MN have rules about doing market research without permission?

Sunnywithshowers Fri 08-Feb-13 17:59:38


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