Antenatal Classes
Antenatal Classes

Preparing for birth & beyond

Antenatal classes help you and your partner to get ready for labour, birth, breastfeeding and caring for your newborn baby.

We strive to offer an informative antenatal workshop in order to provide you with accurate, up to date and evidence-based information on the most important topics pertaining to pregnancy, childbirth, complications and baby care. Antenatal or childbirth preparation classes helps to prepare parents for the journey that lies ahead. It is focused on equipping you with the knowledge and skills to cope with the challenges that comes with childbirth and parenting. There are both online options (via zoom) or one-to-one in person class options. Payment to be made at least 5 days in advance to confirm booking. Once payment has been made, arrangements for the classes will be made. Please note that booking is essential.

 

The content covered in the online classes includes:

The content covered in the online classes includes:

Class content can be covered during a once-off 6x hour long workshop or broken down into four to five 1x hour long sessions.

  • Introduction, Pregnancy and Body Changes
  • Birth Preparation and Signs of Labour
  • Normal Physiological Labour and Birth
  • Coping Techniques and Pain Relief
  • Your Birth Plan/Wishlist and Birth Related Considerations
  • Caesarean Section and Assisted Deliveries
  • Complications of Pregnancy, Birth and the Post-Birth Period
  • First Days at Home
  • Essential Baby Care
  • Breastfeeding/Infant Feeding

Cost: R2500 per couple 

Reference: Client’s name and surname, please email proof of payment.

  • Mrs. VE Black
  • Standard Bank - Cheque
  • Northcliff Branch: 006305
  • Account Number: 402005902
  • * For Medical Aid clients claim: An invoice will be issued on completion of the course. It is your own responsibility to forward the receipt to your medical aid.

your checklist for packing your hospital bag

Packing for your birth

We have a printable checklist especially for you

Once you have reached your 34th week of pregnancy, (or sooner if you wish), you will need to pack your bag so that you are ready for your stay at your place of birth, whether it is the Protea Birth Unit or the hospital. Please note that we also have a homebirth pack list. Packing your birth bag, or labour bag, is a lovely thing to do! Once your bag is packed, you can enjoy the last few weeks of your pregnancy until your baby arrives. 

Some moms find it helpful to bring a few special objects from home, perhaps a photograph, candles, inspiring birth affirmations or even a favourite blanket or cushion. This can help you to feel comfortable and at home and will give you something to focus on during labour.

Pack your bag

Birth Unit & Hospital Checklist

What to pack for the Birth Unit or the Hospital

For Mom:

Clothing: Pack enough for 4 days in case of an emergency C-section, so that you have enough for the duration of your hospital stay.

  • A comfortable bra or tank top for labouring in water
  • Stretch/disposable maternity panties
  • Dark underwear or disposable hospital panties
  • Comfy bras/breastfeeding bras
  • Comfy PJs that are easy to unbutton/breastfeed
  • Non-slip socks (whilst labouring)
  • Flip flops/sandals/slippers
  • Bathrobe/gown

Toiletries:

  • Maternity pads (bring extra)
  • Maternity bras
  • PJ’s with a top suitable for breastfeeding
  • Toiletries and personal items
  • Lip balm, (your lips can dry out quickly in labour)
  • Body wash (preferably not perfumed)
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Deodorant (preferably non perfumed)
  • Body lotion
  • Hairbands or a clip, if you have long hair

Miscellaneous:

  • Your birth plan
  • Squeeze bottle for a salt spritz bath
  • Four to five dark or old towels, if you are planning a water birth
  • Massage oil for your labour (ask your Doula)
  • Music for your labour and birth
  • Radio/laptop/music player for music
  • Candles (optional, or battery operated ones)
  • Water spray or a hand-held fan
  • Bendy straws for water/juice bottles
  • Extra pillow(s) from home
  • Healthy energising snacks & juices
  • 2-Point adapter
  • Cellphone & charger

For Dad:

Clothing: Pack enough for 4 days if you intend on staying with

  • Comfortable clothes
  • Swimming trunks (if you would like to get into the birth tub)
  • Flip flops/slippers
  • Button down shirt (for skin-to-skin)

Toiletries:

  • Toiletries and personal items

Miscellaneous:

  • Healthy energising snacks & juices
  • Cellphone and charger with adapters
  • Your camera, batteries and charger

For Baby:

Clothing: Always pack extra. Size of clothes: Newborn or 0-3 months.

  • Clothes for your new born (3 sets of onesies, long & short sleeved)
  • Newborn hat (2-3)
  • Three blankets and a towel for baby
  • Swaddle blankets x 2
  • Fleece blanket x2
  • Baby towel x2
  • Baby socks

Toiletries:

  • 2 Packs of nappies/newborn Size 0 or 1
  • Unscented baby wash
  • Baby bum cream
  • Cotton wool balls
  • Unscented wet wipes
  • Unscented aqueous cream
  • Wecesin powder (Wound and Graze Powder) or surgical spirits
 
  • IMPORTANT: Baby car seat for when you go home (it is a legal requirement)

Home Birth Checklist

What to pack for a Home Birth

Homebirth:

Homebirth Supplies:

  • Maternity pads (2-3 packs)
  • Disposable hospital panties (2-3 packs) or old dark panties that you don’t mind if they get stained
  • Linen savers (1-2 packs)
  • Cotton wool balls (large bag)
  • Hand towel/kitchen towel rolls (2 rolls)
  • Black plastic bags (packet/roll of 20)
  • Newspaper
  • Bed linen & sheets ~ old ones that you don’t mind if they get stained or dark coloured linens for the bed
  • 250ml Bottle of Savlon/Dettol liquid
  • Coarse salt (5-6kg) – especially if you are intending to birth in the bath

For Mom: Hospital Bag

Clothing: Pack enough for 4 days in case of an emergency Caesarean section, so that you have enough for the duration of your hospital stay.

  • Maternity pads (bring extra)
  • Maternity bras
  • PJ’s with a top suitable for breastfeeding
  • Toiletries and personal items
  • Lip balm, (your lips can dry out quickly in labour)
  • Body wash (preferably not perfumed)
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Deodorant (preferably non perfumed)
  • Body lotion
  • Hairbands or a clip, if you have long hair

Toiletries:

  • Maternity pads (bring extra)
  • Maternity bras
  • PJ’s with a top suitable for breastfeeding
  • Toiletries and personal items
  • Lip balm, (your lips can dry out quickly in labour)
  • Body wash (preferably not perfumed)
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Deodorant (preferably non perfumed)
  • Body lotion
  • Hairbands or a clip, if you have long hair

Miscellaneous:

  • Your birth plan
  • Squeeze bottle for a salt spritz bath
  • Four to five dark or old towels, if you are planning a water birth
  • Massage oil for your labour (ask your Doula)
  • Music for your labour and birth
  • Radio/laptop/music player for music
  • Candles (optional, or battery operated ones)
  • Water spray or a hand-held fan
  • Bendy straws for water/juice bottles
  • Extra pillow(s) from home
  • Healthy energising snacks & juices
  • 2-Point adapter
  • Cellphone & charger

For Dad:

Clothing: Pack enough for 4 days if you intend on staying with

  • Comfortable clothes
  • Swimming trunks (if you would like to get into the birth tub)
  • Flip flops/slippers
  • Button down shirt (for skin-to-skin)
  • Toiletries:
    • Toiletries and personal items

Miscellaneous:

  • Healthy energising snacks & juices
  • Cellphone and charger with adapters
  • Your camera, batteries and charger

For Baby:

Clothing: Always pack extra. Size of clothes: Newborn or 0-3 months.

  • Clothes for your new born (3 sets of onesies, long & short sleeved)
  • Newborn hat (2-3)
  • Three blankets and a towel for baby
  • Swaddle blankets x 2
  • Fleece blanket x2
  • Baby towel x2
  • Baby socks

Toiletries:

  • 2 Packs of nappies/newborn Size 0 or 1
  • Unscented baby wash
  • Baby bum cream
  • Cotton wool balls
  • Unscented wet wipes
  • Unscented aqueous cream
  • Wecesin powder (Wound and Graze Powder) or surgical spirits
 
  • IMPORTANT: Baby car seat for when you go home (it is a legal requirement)