Antenatal Courses

Opti-mum is childbirth education with a twenty first century twist where we focus on the mind-body connection in order to facilitate optimal health for pregnancy, birth and parenting. We offer two courses, either Opti-mum Mindful Birth Journey (intimate two day course which covers pregnancy, birth and parenting) or Opti-mum Essential Elements of Birth Workshop (one day labour and birth intensive). 

Currently most childbirth and parent education occurs towards the end of pregnancy. However, we believe that an earlier start is ideal because it offers greater opportunity to integrate the tools during your pregnancy and this will provide more powerful opportunities for learning. We therefore welcome enquiries at any stage during pregnancy. This is not assumption on our part. We know that it works! There is insurmountable evidence that shows the positive effect on the mind body connection when practicing mindfulness.  

Opti-mum courses offer discussion, interaction and reflection with professional midwives, educators and mindfulness practitioners providing your premium learning experience. We will support you to thread together key elements to create a positive and rewarding mindful birth journey or mindful birth skill set, which means you will be guided you from a place of  anxiety or fear to one where you will be informed, empowered, excited and relaxed.

Your 2-day  Birth Journey Course these elements include:

  • Developing skills in mindfulness and meditation to create a peaceful and safe environment for both you and your baby to grow and flourish, birth and nourish.
  • Increasing body awareness to help you to discover your inner power and strength.
  • Learning how a ‘slow’ approach can benefit mind, body and spirit.
  • Appreciating how arts and creativity adds an aesthetic dimension to let your soul sing.
  • Learning how to save money and resources by visiting the importance of caring for the planet that you will be introducing your baby to.
  • Building community so that you have a network of like-minded friends and support people to share your journey with. 
  • Learning how to nourish your mind, body and soul with mindful food and eating. 
  • Gaining insight into how partners although not pregnant, will experience a period of metamorphosis during this journey.
  • Using all of the above to  develop  a mindful approach to parenting.

YOur  1-day Essential Elements Birth Skills Workshop includes:

  • Understanding how your hormonal system can help or hinder labour and birth.
  • How to create the optimal birthing environment and what to expect at each step in labour. 
  • Preparing partners and birth companions for their important role in the labour and birthing room. 
  • Providing  you with tools that will help you to optimise the ‘rest and digest’ hormones during labour and birth.
  • Introducing you to a range of skills that will help to keep you  focussed during labour and birth.
  • Defining  'birthing in awareness' and the importance of this concept in becoming parents.
  • making mindful decisions at any labour intersection for empowering birth
  • focused and non-focused awareness exercises to invite and embrace labour sensations