- The guilt-free guide to feeding your baby: breast, formula or combination
- Problem solving with breastfeeding and feeding in general including: latch issues, understanding reflux, colic and tongue-tie in babies and understanding issues relating to the mother such as: mastitis, blocked ducts, thrush and engorgement in the breasts
- Sleep: what to expect at this age, how to remain sane and tactics
- First aid: an overview of what to know at this age and stage
Time to think about you as Parents
Understanding postnatal depression, birth trauma, new parent anxiety and bonding issues or resentment towards the baby. Also knowing what's to be expected in the early days and the signs that can be displayed by either parent when help is needed and where to go
- Helping Mum, bonding with baby and feeling like a Dad
- Juggling work and home expectations
Changing your work/life balance after baby is born (without upsetting the boss)
Shared parental leave - what are Dads entitled to
Dads can suffer with postnatal depression too - what happens if you struggle with parenthood and why keeping quiet isn't the best approach
Reaching out to the Dad network beyond your circle of friends
How to feel like 'you' again after having a baby, including:
- What to wear after having a baby and how to gradually phase out maternity wear
- Where to shop for stylish, savvy and reasonably priced clothing that will look good all day (even with sick on it!)
- What to wear if breastfeeding
- How not to wear black all of the time and how to accessorise your existing wardrobe
- Gradual exercise that won't compromise your postnatal body
- Being aware of common postnatal body issues that maybe impacted by exercise - such as split tummy muscles and pelvic floor
- Healthy eating: what to eat to satisfy the postnatal munchies and food that will give you energy and is nutrititious
Ask the Midwife
Highly interactive Q&A session with a midwife. A chance to address things such as (not limited to):
last minute anxieties about the pregnancy, how to deal with going over your due date and being aware of last minute tests such as: Group B strep, including how to get tested for it privately and the necessary steps thereafter during labour
for those with babies, looking back at your labour and asking the questions that you now have about what happened and why
Our midwives are skilled not only in guiding women through pregnancy and labour, but also sleep, feeding and minor medical conditions in babies, so questions can also relate to the baby
Two themed social events organised by The Parenting Chapter and suitable for both parents (and babies if a daytime option is chosen). Detail will be provided when booking onto the course and parents will need to confirm their attendance in advance.
Each session (there are three for chapter one), is interactive, informal and fun and takes place over a half-day and led by a number of expert speakers.
1 paid for course place includes attendance of all chapter sessions and for both parents.
Courses will be held in the 5-star Mondrian London Hotel (Sea Containers House) and on a weekend. London Waterloo, Blackfriars and Bridge mainline stations are walking distance from the hotel.
Children are welcome and the venue is child and breastfeeding friendly and has baby-changing facilities.
There is room for buggies inside the room in which the sessions will take place.