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No more wondering when is the best time to attend antenatal classes,
whether you need to bring your own birthing ball to the hospital, or your own
pillow or baby formula, how do you sterilise baby bottles during your hospital
stay or what the difference is between free pre-recorded antenatal classes
available online and the private ones led by your local midwives.

We will be regularly adding more questions and answers here, so watch this space!

We recommend starting the antenatal course when you are between 28 and 32 weeks pregnant. Although we would suggest that you book onto the course in advance in order to guarantee your place.

If this is the case, we suggest booking onto the earlier course to ensure that you manage to finish the course before your baby arrives.

Yes! We create a WhatsApp group and encourage the participants to talk to each other and stay in touch when the course ends. It can be invaluable to have a support network of other mums and dads who are going through similar experiences (joining the group is of course voluntary, we will ask whether you wish to be added before the course begins and you can change your mind at any time).

You might have found some free (or cheap) antenatal courses online. While it doesn't hurt to watch them, more often than not you will find that they are very basic. And while some people might be happy with basic information, if you want to truly prepare for labour, birth and what to expect after your baby has been born, you will find that live classes are much more superior to the pre-recorded ones. They will offer more in-depth information, you will be able to ask questions as and when you think of them, and if you sign up to classes led by local midwives, you will get the most up to date information relevant to the area where you live and where you will be having your baby.

The Birth Preparation Company currently runs courses in 3 different locations in Norfolk:

- John Lewis, All Saints Green, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 3LX
- Strumpshaw Community Hall, Mill Rd, Norwich, Norfolk, NR13 4FS
- The Queen's Head, 2 Bridewell Street, Wymondham, Norfolk, NR18 0AR

It is strongly recommended that your partner or birthing partner attends the course with you. This will help them to understand what you will be going through during labour and how to best support you.

Also, during our baby feeding and baby care sessions they will learn how to support you in which ever way you choose to feed your baby, as well learn how to look after your new baby, change nappies, bath and dress your baby and even use a sling!

Of course you can! If you do not have a partner or your partner works away or can't make it to some of the sessions, you are welcome to attend on your own, or if you prefer, you can bring a friend, parent or anyone else with you.

No, there are plenty of birthing balls you can use at the MLBU, Delivery suite and Cley ward. If there isn't one in your room, just ask!

No, you don't need to bring any formula milk with you if you are planning to breastfeed. If for any reason your baby requires some formula during your stay, this will be provided to you.

Yes, if you are planning to bottle feed your baby you will need to bring formula milk with you. Pre-made formula is easier whilst you are at hospital. It is also a good idea to bring a couple of your own bottles and a bottle brush. Newborns usually only take small volumes in the first few days and you can avoid a lot of wastage by decanting some pre-made formula milk into your own bottle.

At NNUH you will be provided with a Milton tank for the duration of your stay. This will be changed daily by the lovely maternity care assistants (MCA's).

Whilst it is not essential to bring your own pillow when you go to the hospital, you might find that it is a good idea to bring one if you can carry it. Pillows in hospitals are like gold dust! Just make sure you remember to take it with you when you get discharged home.

No, you will be provided with towels, whether you are on Cley or Blakeney ward, MLBU or Delivery suite. If you need more, just ask!

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