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Get ready for labour - Active Birth

For all pregnant women under the care of Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Maternity Services. This free workshop aims to help you learn about what a woman's body will be doing in labour and how you can work actively with the body to help the birth along. The focus is on normal labour and birth and what birth partners can do to help. Suitable for first time parents or those wanting a refresher. The ideal time to attend is from week 28 to week 35 of your pregnancy. Partners or birth supporters are welcome, please book them a place. Click on Book now to choose and book your session. You will receive email confirmation (please remember to check your spam and junk folders).

Price: free
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Stork talk - meet our Midwives!

For all pregnant women under the care of Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Maternity Services. We understand that coming to hospital to have a baby can be an anxious time and we want you to have the best experience possible. The Stork Talk aims to answer your questions and to put your mind at rest. During this one hour session you will meet some of our midwives who will show you the facilities and choices on offer through the sharing of images and photographs. There will be information about the different ward areas and an opportunity to ask questions. The best time to attend is between weeks 34 to 36 of your pregnancy. Partners are most welcome, please book them a place. Click on Book now to choose and book your session. You will receive email confirmation (please remember to check your spam and junk folders).

Price: free
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Nurturing Parents: Preparation for Parenthood

Only for first time parents, resident in Kirklees.

A Free 6 week course aiming to help you prepare for parenthood.  The course covers a wide range of topics that past attendees tell us they have found useful.

Week 1: Becoming a Mum, becoming a Dad 

Week 2: Coping with Labour 

Week 3: Giving birth and meeting our baby

Week 4: Nurturing our baby

Week 5: Looking after our baby and enjoying our relationship

Week 6: Postnatal session, how’s it going, a chance to catch up with other new parents and meet the babies. 

These evening sessions are run in venues across Kirklees. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

In response to popular demand, we are now also offering two sessions on a Saturday. The sessions are a “bite sized” version of the 6 week Preparation for Parenthood course and are held at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary Learning Centre

Session 1: The experience of becoming a parent, looking after our baby and enjoying our relationship.

Dates: 6th July, 7th September and 2nd November, 9.30am – 11.30am

Session 2: The relationship between nurturing and feeding baby.  A practical workshop to help get breastfeeding off to a good start. (You do not need to have decided how you want to feed your baby to attend this session)

Dates: 6th July, 7th September and 2nd November, 1pm – 3pm

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. 

TO BOOK YOUR PLACE or for further information please ring 0303 330 9974 for South Kirklees (Huddersfield) or 0303 330 9820 for North Kirklees (Dewsbury and surrounding areas). Not sure if you are a Kirklees resident? Check with your postcode here https://www.gov.uk/find-local-council

Getting Ready for Baby

For parents-to-be living in Calderdale only. This 3 week course is organised and run by local Health Visitors, Children’s Centre teams and Community Midwives. Partners or birth supporters are welcome to attend, please book them a place. Sessions are for two hours. The best time to attend is between weeks 28 to 32 of your pregnancy. You should only enrol if you will be 32 weeks or under at the start of the course and can attend all 3 sessions : Week 1: Giving your baby the best start Week 2: Labour and birth Week 3: Getting to know your baby. Contact your nearest Children’s Centre for more information. If you are a Calderdale resident click on Book now and select a start date from the list. You will receive email confirmation of your booking (please remember to check your spam and junk folders). Not sure if you are a Calderdale resident? Check with your postcode here https://www.gov.uk/find-local-council

Price: free
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Hypnobirthing

A 4-week, midwife-led, KG hypnobirthing course is now available at Huddersfield Birth Centre. The fee is £150 per mother and covers a place for one birth partner, 8 hours of tuition in a small group, plus course book and CDs. KG Hypnobirthing is simple and effective. It teaches you how to work with your body in a natural way, and how to make birth a positive experience for you and your baby. (For more information visit http://www.kghypnobirthing.com/) Hypnobirthing works by reducing fear, anxiety and stress. You and your birth partner will learn how to relax and take control of your experience of giving birth. Courses run on weekdays in the evening. The best time to attend is 28 – 36 weeks of pregnancy. To reserve a place on a course: call or text our booking line on 0771 751 7563 or email jill.palmer@cht.nhs.uk Tell us you want a hypnobirthing place, plus your full name, due date, postcode and telephone number. We will get back to you as soon as possible. Please note booking will not be confirmed until course fees are paid. Fees will be used to fund hypnobirthing training for CHFT maternity services’ staff.

Better Living

For Parents-to-be living in Calderdale only. 

Better Living Team (BLT)

We offer safe exercise and healthy weight programmes designed for pregnancy and post-natal life.

Ante-natal

We work with midwives and other experts on family well-being to offer support and advice around safe physical activity and healthy  lifestyles during pregnancy. We do this in friendly and supportive environments, either 1:1 or in group workshop settings.

We have a wide range of programmes available for partners too, so that they can take care of their own health and well-being as part of supporting someone through pregnancy. They include:

Weight management

Increasing physical activity

Stopping smoking

Alcohol reduction

Signing up to Better Living means both parents-to-be can be at their best, ready to welcome their new baby.

If you would like to join our programmes in pregnancy or after birth, you or your partner can contact us on the number below or email, or you can ask your midwife or health visitor to do this for you:

Phone 01422 230 230

Email blt@calderdale.gov.uk 

Post-natal

Has your baby arrived and you feel ready to come back to us? Better Living can offer you support to maintain the healthy lifestyle choices you made in pregnancy. The Better Living Team can also point you to a variety of post-natal exercise groups held in sports centres across Calderdale.

Want to know more? Just contact BLT on 01422 230230 or email blt@calderdale.gov.uk.

Not sure if you are a Calderdale resident? Check with your postcode here https://www.gov.uk/find-local-council

Nurturing & feeding your newborn

For all pregnant women under the care of Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Maternity Services. 

A free two hour workshop giving parents-to-be insights into:

what helps newborns to thrive

how babies' brains are ‘built not born’

steps you can take to help get nurturing and feeding off to the best start

The ideal time to attend is from week 30 to week 35 of your pregnancy. Partners, birth or post-natal supporters are welcome, please book them a place. Click on Book now to choose and book your session. You will receive email confirmation (please remember to check your spam and junk folders).

Price: free
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Be your own champion in pregnancy #AlwaysAsk

Each day in the UK, 10 babies are stillborn and 152 babies are born preterm, causing untold heartache to parents and extended families.

In 2017 Tommy’s, with King's College London and BabyCentre, launched a safer pregnancy campaign called #AlwaysAsk to empower pregnant women to overcome fears about speaking to professionals about health concerns. CHFT maternity services is a supporter of this campaign.

Research from King’s College London has shown that women’s knowledge about their own changing body is invaluable in contributing to safer pregnancies but that they often struggle to voice their instincts and concerns.

CHFT maternity staff are always here to listen to you and to help you. We want you to trust your instincts and #AlwaysAsk

Here are some links to #AlwaysAsk resources that might help you to feel more confident about asking for help and advice whenever your instinct tells you that something just isn’t quite right.

1 What’s happening? Pregnancy symptom checker

https://www.tommys.org/pregnancy-information/it-serious-pregnancy-symptom-checker

2 Tips for speaking up in pregnancy https://www.tommys.org/pregnancy-information/symptom-checker/i-just-think-something-wrong/always-ask-safer-pregnancy-campaign/tips-speaking-pregnancy

3 NHS https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/

Need to call the midwife?

You can #AlwaysAsk midwives at the CHFT Maternity Assessment Centre at Calderdale Royal Hospital. The Centre is open 24/7 and midwives can be contacted on 01422 224392.

Mindfulness skills for parents-to-be

For all pregnant women under the care of Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Maternity Services.

A free two hour taster session for parents-to-be and birth/post-natal support partners: 

Learn about mindfulness and how it can be used to help reduce stress and to cope with labour, birth, feeding and adjusting to parenthood.

Try out some simple mindfulness techniques.

(If you are under the care of a mental health professional such as a doctor or a therapist, please consult them about mindfulness before booking your place, to ensure this session is right for you.)

The ideal time to attend is from week 28 to week 35 of your pregnancy. Partners or birth/post-natal supporters are welcome, please book them a place. Click on Book now to choose and book your session. You will receive email confirmation (please remember to check your spam and junk folders).

Price: free
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