Antenatal Courses – just an expensive way to make friends? Why I developed All about Antenatal to be more than that.
I recently posted a question on a very popular baby forum: “Is there anything you wish your antenatal course had covered?”. The response from parents was overwhelming, and sadly of no surprise to me – “mine was just an expensive way to make friends” was a common response. The majority of parents who responded also felt their antenatal courses were lacking in postnatal topics, such as newborn baby care. There was a general feeling of “unrealistic expectations” about birth, including a lack of knowledge of C-sections, postnatal maternal care and many claimed disappointment they had not gained any information on bottle-feeding. In addition, I received private messages from male partners who felt disengaged from the topics, and, on reflection, wished there had been more opportunity to discuss relationship changes and their role as new dads.
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