There are many ways to practically prepare for a new baby. We asked Grace Nixon - a midwife, newborn consultant, nursery specialist and antenatal educator - for 10 tips on what needs to be done before baby arrives.
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There are various providers of childbirth or antenatal education, all with differing angles ranging from hypnobirthing to elective Caesarean sections and everything else in between. Investigate and choose one that best suits your ideal birth plans. Antenatal classes fill up quickly so make sure you are booked in by at least the middle of your second trimester.
Recently my colleague Jo, a counsellor, and I established Practical Parenting antenatal classes, as we wanted to bring our knowledge and experience together to provide new parents-to-be with a well-rounded, practical approach to childbirth education. Our classes go beyond the birth, spending fifty percent of the time talking about what happens after the baby is born.