Muddies To Be

Unique midwife-led antenatal classes in the woods – a first for Nottingham!

The sessions will be run by midwife Katherine and Muddy Feet founder Fran in our lovely woodland setting.  We want to combine the benefits of being outside, having face-to-face (but socially distanced) contact, and preparing for birth and a new baby.  And toasting a few marshmallows on the fire, of course!  

Each session will have a particular focus, but there will also be time for questions on any aspect of pregnancy, birth and caring for a newborn you might have. Through the antenatal classes, we want to build a supportive community for families in Nottingham, that will last long past your baby’s first few months.

There will be a fire for warmth (and have we mentioned marshmallows?), a cover for rain, plenty of hot drinks; we are set up for all weathers! In true Muddy Feet style there will also be nature-based activities that you can do as much of or as little of as you like.

We offer a six-week course covering late pregnancy through to the first weeks of having a baby, and the details of each session can be found below. We also have two half-day sessions. The first is all about late pregnancy, labour and childbirth. We will discuss things you can do to prepare for birth, how labour works, what you can do to cope with contractions at home, and in hospital. We will also talk about interventions around childbirth, such as induction of labour, caesarean section and instrumental delivery. It is equivalent to the first three sessions of the six-week course.

The second session is about all things postnatal. Starting from the minute the baby is born, we will talk about what to expect in the first hour, first day and first weeks of having a newborn. The morning will include caring for your baby and caring for yourself as well as infant feeding. It is equivalent to the last three sessions of the six-week course.

Both the half-day sessions will be four hours long, and will include time for questions and a chat as well as refreshments and woodland crafts. You can book on just one or both – we are offering a discount for booking both together.

Six week course – Session Details

Session 1: The end of pregnancy and the beginning of labour

  • Bonding with the baby in pregnancy
  • Antenatal physical and mental health
  • Reduced fetal movements and other reasons to call the midwife
  • What to pack in a hospital bag
  • Signs of early labour
  • Trying to get labour started  

Session 2: Giving birth – Part One

  • The three stages of labour 
  • Calling the midwife and coming into hospital 
  • Natural coping techniques for labour 
  • Pain relief 
  • Monitoring the wellbeing of the baby and the mother

Session 3: Giving birth – Part Two

  • A whistle-stop history of childbirth 
  • Induction of labour 
  • Caesarean sections – elective and emergency 
  • Assisted deliveries 
  • Mindfulness and breathing

Session 4: The First Hour, The First Day

  • Skin-to-skin 
  • Clamping the cord 
  • Delivering the placenta 
  • Checking for and having stitches 
  • Newborn baby checks 
  • Vitamin K
  • The first feed 

Session 5: Infant Feeding

  • How breastfeeding works 
  • How to breastfeed and express 
  • How to sterilise bottles 
  • How to make up bottles 
  • Recognising feeding cues 
  • Signs feeding is going well 
  • When and where to get help 

Session 6: Parental and Baby Wellbeing

  • Bonding with the baby 
  • Changing a nappy 
  • Bathtime 
  • Safe sleeping 
  • Mental health and emotions for parents 
  • Postnatal physical recovery
  • Support  

We will have some experts coming to talk about different aspects in some sessions, so the order may have to change depending on their availability. There will be time for questions at every session, and an opportunity for a private chat with our midwife Katherine if you would prefer not to discuss something in front of the whole group.

We are the only outdoor antenatal classes in Nottingham, and we can’t wait to be part of your childbirth journey!

Places are limited and pre-booking is required.

  Where is the site?

Tollerton

The Tollerton site is accessed via St Peter’s Church Centre, Tollerton Lane, Tollerton, NG12 4FT. There is lots of parking here, and the woods are about 100m away from the car park.  We will meet outside the main entrance to the Church Centre each week. If you are unable to attend or are running late, please let us know so that we can head into the woods and meet you there.

How much does it cost?

The six-week course costs £150 for two people.  The pair needs to be made up of two people from the same household or support bubble while covid-19 restrictions are still in place.  

For one half day session, the cost is £75 per couple; if you book both sessions together it is £120 per couple.

What do I need to bring?

You just need yourselves, dressed appropriately for the weather.  We also recommend you bring your pregnancy notes.

What do you mean by all weather?

Here at Muddy Feet, we follow the philosophy ‘there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad equipment!’ So we will be venturing out in all weathers, throughout the year. There are only two conditions in which we are unable to venture out for safety reasons and these are high winds and thunderstorms.  In these instances, we will be able to use the hall, with social distancing in place.

What if it is raining?

As mentioned above, we will be holding the group in all weathers, but we want to make you as comfortable as we can, whilst enjoying the outdoors! We have two large tarpaulins that we will bring with us and if necessary we will use these to construct a shelter to hold the session in. Tea and snacks will be provided to keep you warm as well!

What about hand washing and toilets?

We have implemented a new “tippy tap” hand washing system and will have hand gel stations in the woods enabling everyone to wash their hands before eating snacks. We have access to an indoor space with toilets and handwashing facilities and have implemented rigorous cleaning procedures for our toilets. For more information about COVID restrictions, click here.

If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us through the website or Facebook.

We look forward to meeting you at your first Muddies To Be session!

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