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28 Apr

New classes helping mums-to-be prepare for birth

Two new online classes, aimed at helping mums-to-be to keep active and help prepare for the birth of their child, have started in April with another due to start in May. 

Active Northumberland is currently running Yoga and Pilates as part of its popular Mams on the Move initiative which involves a series of fun, low cost online, indoor and outdoor exercise classes to support mums. 

During the Mamas Antenatal Pilates™ and Mamas Yoga™ classes exercise will help you get ready for the arrival of your baby. The fun and interactive class will help your body as it changes through pregnancy. Exercises will help you build muscular strength and endurance to prepare your body for labour and stretch out any pregnancy aches and pains, whilst also providing you with the tools to learn how to breathe during labour and overall looking after your physical and emotional health.  

A 6-week birth preparation class will start on Saturday 8th May and will be led by experienced Antenatal Educator Rachel Rafiefar. It aims to help you feel more confident about your baby’s arrival. The course will cover all the areas of birth preparation including finding a birth position that will work for you, birth plan support, pain relief options and breathing techniques to help you relax.  

The classes offer a good opportunity to meet other mums-to-be, and partners are welcome to join in the birth preparation class too. 

Holly Maguire who attended the antenatal class a few months before her baby girl arrived said: 

" It was absolutely lovely to spend (virtual) time with other expecting couples who were experiencing and thinking and worrying about all the same things as us! Especially after the year we all had, it was nice to connect with others. Rachel was brilliant, really well informed and supportive! We highly recommend the antenatal and birthing course to any expecting parents, it will help build your confidence and although our birth was the exact opposite of what we’d hoped and planned for, the knowledge we’d gained helped us make decisions and stay calm when it mattered.” 

To book onto the course email our Wellbeing Co-ordinator, Jemma Burt at jburt@activenorthumberland.org.uk   
Or contact Amy after 1st May to book at afenwick@activenorthumberland.org.uk 

For further information on the Mams on the Move classes visit: www.activenorthumberland.org.uk/mamsonthemove

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