- Antenatal Resources for Women During COVID-19
In response to the current covid 19 pandemic, the antenatal education team has had to dramatically change the way antenatal education classes are provided. A multidisciplinary team have developed an eLearning Hub, which is located on this site. We recommend all women to access this educational hub and would appreciate your feedback.
We provide interactive online antenatal classes via webex.
- Pegnancy well being classes (Early pregnancy class)
- First time mothers/parents preperation for labour and delivery class
- Babycare and postnatal classe
- Refresher class
- VBAC (vaginal delivery after c section) class
- Elective section class (for women who know they will be having a planned c section)
- Introduction to Hypnobirthing class
- Partners' class
- Twins class
- Young mum’s classes (women aged 18-21yrs)
- Preparation for Breastfeeding class (led by lactation consultant)
We respond to women’s and their partners' feedback; adapting and reviewing this new service on an ongoing basis.
We suggest that approximately 30 weeks is a good time to do your labour antenatal education webinar, and the babycare/postanatal class can be done later in the pregnancy.
To enhance your learning experience, we suggest you review the material on our eLearning Hub prior to the classes. It is also helpful if you download the webex app before the class.
To book your place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
When emailing, please include:
- When you are due (EDD)
- Hospital number
- Is it your first baby?
- Is there anything in particular we need to know about you?
Other online classes available to you:
- Healthy bodies after birth class- led by a physiotherapist; please email email@example.com to book
- Tus Mhaith (good start) - healthy eating for women with a BMI over 25, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- "Healthy minds in pregnancy and beyond" led by the perinatal menatal health team.
- "Supporting your postnatal emotional wellbeing" a class focussed on mental wellbeing led by the perinatal mental team.
- Virtual "Pregnancy Wellbeing" classes (previously known as "Early pregnancy class")
This is a set of three classes focussing on promoting wellness and maintaining good health in pregnancy and beyond. Ideally, women should come as early as possible in the pregnancy, however you are welcome at any stage. each class will be apprximately 1-1.5 hours long.
- Class one: 1st friday of the month-Midwife and Pharmacist.
- Class two: 2nd friday of the month-Physiotherapist.
- Class three: 3rd Friday of the month-Dietitien.
We strongly advise you to attend this class as it is an opportunity to meet a midwife, physiotherapist, dietitian and pharamacist early in your pregnancy, and can help lay the foundation for a positive experience for you.
For convenience, there will be one meeting link for all three classes, You are also free to pick and choose sessions to attend.
To get the most out of this class, we recommend that you take time to go through the material available on The NMH guide to keeping well in pregnancy.
- Mental Wellbeing classes: facilitated by the NMH perinatal mental team
Our perinatal mental team have developed two new classes focussing on mental wellbeing in pregnancy and beyond.
- "Healthy Minds in Pregnancy"
- "Supporting your Postnatal Emotional Wellbeing" (participants are invited to join this class during pregnancy, and also in the postnatal period)
Each class will be run once a month on a Tuesday 17.00-19.00
email email@example.com for an invite.
- Virtual Classes for First Time Parents
We currently run sets of live, virtual classes for first time parents/ women and their support partners weekly.
Classes consist of a "preperation for labour and childbirth" class which is best done at about 30 weeks and a "babycare/postnatal care" class which is ideal to attend later in the pregnancy.
You can however choose to do this set of classes over one day, or split it up over two days.
The classes are designed to complement and build on the information in the eLearning hub and you will find them more beneficial if you have reviewed the relevant modules before your class.
The NMH guide to Labour and delivery:
The NMH guide to caring for yourself and your baby after birth:
Please click on links below for outline of first time parents classes.
Class one: "Labour and Delivery"
Class two: "Baby care and Postnatal care"
- Virtual "Young Mums and Dads" class
This is a class aimed at the younger mother and father (late teens to approximately 21 years of age).
It is a small, interactive class, facilitated by a midwife. Where possible this is done in person.
Partner/ support person encouraged to attend.
Last approximately two-three hours.
For further information: email Susan firstname.lastname@example.org
- Virtual "Refresher Class" (for women who have a child already)
This class is designed for women who have had a previous vaginal delivery and aims to help prepare for this pregnancy's labour and delivery.
It is facilitated by a midwife
- Virtual "VBAC" Class: preparing for vaginal delivery after previous caesarean section
This class is designed to support women who have had a previous caesarean section and are hoping for a vaginal delivery in this pregnancy. This is known as a VBAC - Vaginal Birth After Caesarean section.
The class aims to empower women to maximise their chances of a vaginal delivery.
It is facilitated by a midwife
- Virtual "Preparing for an Elective Caesarean Section" class
This class is designed for women where it has been decided that an elective caesarean section is the most likely delivery method.
It is facilitated by a midwife and aims to prepare women for their Caesarean Section.
Partners are welcome.
- Virtual "Preparation for Breastfeeding" Class
This class is facilitated by lactation consultants and will help start a positive breastfeeding journey. Further information is available on the Breastfeeding page.
This virtual class is held on the first Friday of every month at 12.30 and the third Wednsday at 18.00. Partners are encouraged to attend.
- Virtual "Partners" class
This is a class for partners only. It is designed to give partners the opportunity to ask questions and clarify information. It is open to partners who have attended other antenat l education classes, and those who were unable to attend classes.
It is held once a month 17.00-1900.
- Antenatal videos in conjunction with whatsupmum
Antenatal videos in conjunction with Whatsupmum
We have been working with Whatsupmum to bring you short, focused, educational videos, which you can watch in your own time. We hope that you will find them helpful and would love to hear your feedback.
For Pregnancy related videos, please visit https://whatsupmum.ie/pregnancy-videos/pregnancy-videos/
For Parent Craft videos, please visit https://whatsupmum.ie/parentcraft-classes/parentcraft-class/
- Information for patients on blood group and transfusions
Information for patients on blood group and transfusions
If Your Blood Group is RhD-negative
A leaflet is available to explain the standard of care given to pregnant women who have been identified as having an RhD-negative blood group.
Blood Transfusion Information for Patients
Leaflets are also available to help explain blood transfusions for mothers and babies and why you may need one.