Antenatal Education

Antenatal education
Antenatal education can help you prepare for your baby’s birth as well as supporting you on how to look after and feed your baby.  Classes are available throughout the Trust.

Early Pregnancy Classes

Early pregnancy classes are held for women from 12 weeks gestation in the WS Tweed Room, Robinson Hospital, Ballymoney organised by the physio department.

Topics include changes in your body in pregnancy, common aches & pains, pelvic floor exercises and exercise in pregnancy.

Antenatal/Parentcraft Sessions

Community midwives organise local Antenatal/Parentcraft sessions (after 28 weeks of pregnancy), to help you and your partner prepare for the birth of your baby and parenthood.

This is a good opportunity to meet other parents, explore options and discuss any concerns. Please ask your midwife for the details of sessions near to you. 

Parentcraft Programme

Dates of Parentcraft Sessions for 2018
Antrim - Child Development Centre, Station Road, Antrim
Ballycastle - Dalriada Hospital
Ballymena - Ballymena Health and Care Centre
Ballymoney - Ballymoney Health Centre
Coleraine - Causeway Hospital
Cookstown and Magherafelt
Larne/Carrick/Newtownabbey - Whiteabbey

Dates of Parentcraft Sessions for 2019
Ballymena - Ballymena Health and Care Centre

Breastfeeding workshops 2018





Birth Plan

A Birth Plan is a record of what you would like to happen during labour, birth and afterwards. You will find a sample Birth Plan in your green Maternity Record and you should complete this before your due date.

Be prepared to be flexible as you may wish to change your mind while you are in labour.


Getting Ready For Baby Programme for first time parents
This programme equips parents with the skills to give their child the best start in life through a group based approach which provides social opportunities for expectant parents and involvement of partners, while combining healthcare assessment and parent education. It promotes partnership working with significant acknowledgement of the importance of infant mental health and social and emotional wellbeing.

The programme offers six sessions to all first time parents:

1. Helping you and your baby through pregnancy and birth
2. Getting to know your baby in the womb
3. You, your baby and the stages of labour
4. Helping you and your baby through labour
5. Feeding your baby
6. Caring for your baby

Ask your community midwife for details.

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Page last updated:11 December 2018