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Free Online Parenting Courses (Solihull Online): Understanding Your Pregnancy, Birth, Labour and Baby (antenatal course)

If you are a Luton resident, we would encourage you to sign up to this eLearning course with your Luton postcode on www.inourplace.co.uk (see further instructions below and on https://solihullapproachparenting.com/online-courses-luton

  • Module 1- Welcome
  • Module 2- Helping You/baby through pregnancy
  • Module 3- Getting to know your baby in the womb
  • Module 4- You, your baby and the stages of labour
  • Module 5- Helping you/baby through labour and birth
  • Module 6- Feeding your baby
  • Module 7- Who’s the Daddy now
  • Module 8- After your baby is born
  • Module 9- Congratulations

There are courses are for ALL Luton parents-to-be, parents, grandparents and carers of any child from the antenatal period right up to 18 years of age.

  1. Go to inourplace.co.uk
  2. Type in the access code: HATTERS
  3. Create your account using your email and Luton postcode and choose a password.
  4. Select the course you want to do from the dashboard (you can do them all over time)
  5. Once you have registered, you have non-expiry access to these courses that can be completed at a time and place that suits you. They work on most PCs, tablets and mobile phones and work best with Google Chrome.
  6. If you do have any technical issues email approach@heartofengland.nhs.uk or ring 0121 296 4448 9am – 5 pm Mondays to Fridays for support.
  7. Responses to any questions will be anonymised and you will not receive any marketing emails but just congratulatory emails when you complete a module.

This pregnancy programme is for first time parents to be in the third trimester of pregnancy. The programme is delivered in person and will support you with key information around labour and birth and caring for your new-born baby, as well as providing a great opportunity to meet other parents to be. Delivered in partnership by midwives, health visitors and family workers the programme will cover labour and birth information, responsive feeding, baby’s brain development, looking after yourself and your baby. The programme runs as a 3 week course or a one day course, see options below.

Suitable for: first time parents in the third trimester of pregnancy (from 28 weeks) *exceptions will be made for some second-time parents*

Course details (3 Week Tuesday Evening OR 1 Day Saturday):

  • Saturday 24th Feb- 9.30am to 3.30pm at Chaul End Community Centre (515 Dunstable Road, LU4 8QN) *March/April ’24 Due Dates* FULLY BOOKED
  • Tuesday 5th and 12th March 5pm to 7pm and 19th March 3pm to 5pm at Flying Start Park Town Centre (Bailey Street, LU1 3DU) *April/May ’24 Due Dates*
  • Saturday 23rd March- 9.30am to 3.30pm at Chaul End Community Centre (515 Dunstable Road, LU4 8QN) *April/May ’24 Due Dates*
  • Tuesday 2nd and 9th April 5pm to 7pm and 16th April 3pm to 5pm at Flying Start in Hockwell Ring Community Centre (Mayne Ave, LU4 9LB) *May/June ’24 Due Dates*
  • Saturday 27th April- 9.30am to 3.30pm at Chaul End Community Centre (515 Dunstable Road, LU4 8QN) *May/June ’24 Due Dates*
  • Tuesday 7th and 14th May 5pm to 7pm and 21st May 3pm to 5pm at Flying Start Park Town Centre (Bailey Street, LU1 3DU) *June/July ’24 Due Dates
  • Saturday 25th May- 9.30am to 3.30pm at Chaul End Community Centre (515 Dunstable Road, LU4 8QN) *June/July ’24 Due Dates*
  • Tuesday 4th and 11th June 5pm to 7pm and 18th June 3pm to 5pm at Flying Start in Hockwell Ring Community Centre (Mayne Ave, LU4 9LB) *July/August ’24 Due Dates*
  • Saturday 29th June- 9.30am to 3.30pm at Chaul End Community Centre (515 Dunstable Road, LU4 8QN) * July/August ’24 Due Dates*
  • Tuesday 2nd and 9th July 5pm to 7pm and 16th July 3pm to 5pm at Flying Start Park Town Centre (Bailey Street, LU1 3DU) *August/September ’24 Due Dates

  • Saturday 27th July- 9.30am to 3.30pm at Chaul End Community Centre (515 Dunstable Road, LU4 8QN) *August/September ’24 Due Dates*

Please note the full day course doesn’t include lunch so please bring a packed lunch with you

BOOKING SYSTEM HERE! Or you can email flyingstart@eyalliance.org.uk/ call 01582 368245 or register with Flying Start here: Flying Start Registration Form

Bump, Birth and Baby Stuff 3-Week Antenatal Course Parent Feedback:

“All 3 sessions I felt like I had learnt something. I also had the chance to exchange numbers with some other parents, which was important to me. Staff were very friendly and I felt I could ask questions.”

Online Bump, Birth and Baby Stuff- Video Antenatal Classes

If you’re preparing for your new arrival, the videos linked below have been created in partnership with midwives and the NHS Baby Friendly Team in Central Bedfordshire. They are designed to help you find out more about birth, caring for you and your baby, and feeding your baby. Please be aware that the contact number will be different for Luton families. Please call 0300 555 0606 for the Health Visiting Duty Desk in Luton or email ccs.bedsandlutonchildrenshealthhub@nhs.net

Luton’s PREGNANCY CLUB (HYBRID: In Person & Zoom) *Women only*

Women at any stage of pregnancy are able to join others for this monthly hour-long group which has a Midwife and Guest Speaker available for questions/answers. It aims to support a healthy pregnancy with advice on nutrition, physical activity and emotional wellbeing. You can join from home on zoom or come in person.

RUNS THE LAST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH (EXCEPT DECEMBER) 12.30PM TO 1.30PM ONLINE AND AT FARLEY

Upcoming dates:

  • Tuesday 30 January- 12.30pm to 1.30pm on ZOOM or at Farley Community Centre (Delphine Close, LU1 5RE)
  • Tuesday 27 February- 12.30pm to 1.30pm on ZOOM or at Farley Community Centre (Delphine Close, LU1 5RE)
  • Tuesday 26 March- 12.30pm to 1.30pm on ZOOM or at Farley Community Centre (Delphine Close, LU1 5RE)

Register and mention this group: Flying Start Registration Form

KEEPING BABY SAFE WORKSHOP

Safe at Home offer free advice and support to expecting and new parents in Luton in a small group session- currently run on zoom. Those who attend and provide feedback receive a FREE child safety gift bag.

100% of previous attendees recommend this session

Our safety advisor offers top tips on how to make informed and safer choices when buying nursery equipment for your baby and you can learn important techniques on protecting your new-born in the early months of life.

Upcoming dates:

  • Wednesday 20 March- 12pm to 2pm
  • Monday 29 April- 5pm to 7pm

Parent Feedback:

“The session was very informative and helpful for me, especially for choosing baby products. I have realised the things I thought would be safe are not safe and even bring danger to my baby. Also learned about co sleeping and bed sharing tips. Thanks for a wonderful session”

Register and mention this group: Flying Start Registration Form

ACTIVE LUTON AQUANATAL

Aquanatal classes are back – a fun and safe way to enjoy exercise with your bump. Keeping fit during pregnancy helps you adapt to your body’s changes and can help you cope better with labour. Join Jessica every Wednesday, 12:10 – 12:40pm OR 12:45 – 1:15pm at Inspire – Competition Pool.

Find out more: https://activeluton.co.uk/me-time/aquanatal

*Please note that addresses close to Luton but are technically under Central Bedfordshire council or Hertfordshire council, will not be included in our free group provision

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