Way back in the beginning of this pregnancy Hubby and I knew we wanted to do an Antenatal Course – a must for any first time parent.
We knew from our friends who had recently gone through this that the hospital chain we were with offers various options (a six week course, a full Saturday and a luxury weekend away). Hubby set his sights on the weekend away and I merrily went along with it.
On Friday we packed up our car and headed off to Kloofzicht Lodge and Spa in Muldersdrift for our weekend away.
First off – the lodge is gorgeous! The chalets are large and beautifully finished with an incredibly comfortable, large bed, a beautiful bath and outside shower set around a private little courtyard, the views are beautiful – it was all lovely.
The course started on Friday night with a For Dads by Dads talk which was more like a motivational talk. The presenter was very passionate and I think he spoke to the heart of the men there. I know I found him very inspiring.
He spoke a lot about how to raise your children so they become well-adjusted adults. We all have basic needs that need to be fulfilled and as a parent its part of our role to ensure that these needs are fulfilled within our children.
We all filed back into the conference room early on Saturday morning for a long session on labour and delivery and pain relief options. This was incredibly informative. The speaker has been in Obstetrics for 30 years and she very thoroughly went through all the stages of labour and delivery from a natural birth perspective and scheduled and non-scheduled c-sections. It went a long way to removing the uncertainty of the mechanics of it and I feel so much more comfortable with everything that is going to happen.
She also gave some awesome advice that I think will help a lot during preparations for labour as well as on the day.
Another talk I found particularly fascinating was on baby and toddler brain development. I could have spent another four hours listening to this talk. It was one of the most fascinating things I have every sat through. I can’t wait for the baby to get here so we can start watching her discover the world around her, all the while knowing what is happening from a development perspective.
The course also covered infant CPR and how to handle emergencies which I found very helpful and the standard talks on breastfeeding, baby care and bathing a baby as well as changing nappies etc.
We also got so much free stuff. It’s incredible! We were given nappies and toiletries and teddy bears and vitamins and books and more.
All in all the weekend did so much to make me feel calmer and more prepared. If you’re a first time mom go on an antenatal course it’s really one of the best things you can do!
Here are some of the swag we were given: