We would like to invite you to attend our preparation for parenting classes that are facilitated by the midwifery team. These informal sessions are currently accessed online via the app ‘Microsoft Teams’ which you can download for free. If you can use a device with a good size screen, you may find the sessions more beneficial and enjoyable as we do play videos, show pictures and use props! Please also feel free to access some short videos around labour and birth at BSW Together - Hello Baby Antenatal.
We strongly encourage you and your birth partner to attend both sessions. As they are virtual, you could also be accompanied by anyone who is significant in your life who will be there to support you and your birth partner such as other family members. These sessions are meant to reinforce any prior information you may have already accessed, allow you to ask questions in a safe and supportive environment and to empower you to be able to make informed decisions regarding your labour and birth choices and experiences.
As this is part of your antenatal care you are entitled to paid leave to attend these sessions. It is hoped that we may soon be able to run these sessions face-to-face again soon.
There are two sessions per month on Tuesday mornings (dates below) from 10:00am – 12:30pm. The first session covers topics such as 1st and 2nd stages of labour, pain relief options and birth. The second session discusses the 3rd stage of labour, induction of labour, the immediate post natal period, infant feeding, coping strategies, emotional wellbeing and going home with your baby – including how life may change and your expectations of being new parents.
March 12th and 19th
April 9th and 16th
May 14th and 21st
June 11th and 18th
July 9th and 16th
August 13th and 20th
September 10th and 17th
October 8th and 15th
November 12th and 19th
December 10th and 17th
If you are interested in attending please let your community midwife know as soon as possible which ones you would like to join, we will email the Teams link to you a day or two before each session. This email may go into your JUNK or SPAM inbox so please check carefully! Please ensure you are able to access Microsoft Teams prior to the commencement of the first session. If you have not received the link by the morning of the session, please call 01722 425185 and inform them that you need the link forwarded to you urgently.
Our staff at Salisbury District Hospital have long been well regarded for the quality of care and treatment they provide for our patients and for their innovation, commitment and professionalism. This has been recognised in a wide range of achievements and it is reflected in our award of NHS Foundation Trust status. This is afforded to hospitals that provide the highest standards of care.