A child’s experience and environment – both in the womb and in early life – lay the foundation for life. Mothers and fathers are the most important influences on a child’s well-being and development. In recent years, advances in neuroscience have increased our understanding of the links between early brain development and later life outcomes, and have shown the importance of providing very young children with consistent, positive and loving care. From pregnancy onwards, the relationship between a baby and his or her primary caregiver has a lasting impact on that child’s future, including on his or her health as an adult.
What is included in the course:
Session 1: baby's physical, cognitive, social and emotional development; changes for parents, keeping healthy nutrition, exercise and mental wellbeing; your blossoming body, hormonal and physiological changes; pelvic floor; perineal care; common pregnancy challenges; baby's wellbeing and monitoring
Session 2: giving birth and meeting your baby; psychological, social and physical aspects of labour and birth; physiology of labour; preparing of labour; signs of labour; stages of labour; empowering strategies; medical interventions and emergencies; what happens straight after birth
Session 3: caring for newborn baby; adaptation to parenthood; postnatal care; physical and emotional health after giving birth; looking after your baby; bathing, cord care, safe sleeping
Session 4: feeding your baby; breastfeeding, positioning and attachment; skin to skin contact; baby's stools; common problems and resolutions; weight loss; bottle feeding and expressing.