Birth Plans

The foundation for optimising your maternity care is to prepare for everything about labour, birth, life with a newborn and your recovery.  There is so much information available, but where do you start? Starting to research antenatal classes from week 24 will give you plenty of time to find one that gives you the best evidence and advice. Part of your planning may also include building a birth plan and understanding what your choices are. Our midwives have created and collated  lots of information and tips that will help you start thinking about what is right for you.

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How to choose your antenatal class

Antenatal classes help you prepare in the best way possible for your birth and your baby. However antenatal classes are not regulated so it is important that you thoroughly research your antenatal class teacher so you know that they:-

  • Are experienced in labour and birth
  • Use evidence based information and the most up to date research (not just opinion)
  • Have good links with your local hospitals and are knowledgeable on what is available in your local area

There are some really great online classes available at the moment which can be accessed from anywhere in the country.

What to expect from an online antenatal class

Adapting to our ‘new normal’ means that many face to face classes are now conducted online, and this includes antenatal classes. You may be used to video calling by now or it may still make you feel nervous or uncomfortable. Click here to read our blog on the downsides and upsides of these online courses.

At My Expert Midwife we are her to help you with our 5 steps to prepare and recover from childbirth, Step 1 is about preparing for labour and birth, ensuring you understand what choices you have and what is right for you.

To find out more about our 5 steps on how to prepare and recover from childbirth, follow this link.

Building your birth plan 

Once you have gained the information from your antenatal classes, you can use it to make your birth plan. This will map out and inform those caring for you about what matters to you and what you want during your birth and recovery period. To help you think about what to include and how to build your plan, watch the video of our in-house midwives, who have lots advice and tips.

Hospital Bag

Our midwives have chosen these essential hospital bag products that will help you through labour, birth and those first few days and weeks postpartum. Presented in a premium and highly durable My Expert Midwife clear toiletries bag, making it easy to find what you need, when you need it.

Including looking after your perineum with Spritz for Bits and New Soak for Bits, best for breastfeeding and baby's bottoms with No Harm Nipple Balm and No Harm Bum Balm for baby, and Spritz for Clean Hands which kills 99.9% bacteria