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    Default Antenatal Class and Breastfeeding Class

    I'm a little stuck and don't know what to do. I am currently 34 weeks pregnant with bubs number 1. I was booked into classes in Adelaide as that was where I was planning on having the baby. Then in the last month my husbands work moved us back to our home town of melbourne (which was really a blessing).

    I've since changed all my baby stuff over to the closest hospital but when I called to book in classes, they don't have anything available until March. I already cancelled my Adelaide classes (not like I could fly back for the day anymore anyway) and I don't know where else I can attend these classes???

    I've found a breast feeding one thats free (but 2 hours away) with the Brestfeeding association, but can't find any pregnancy related ones or even videos.

    Can anyone suggest any that won't cost me hundreds of dollars?

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    Have you considered joining the ABA and attending group meetings even before you have the baby. You don't need to be a member of the ABA to go to a meeting by the way. It would be a good way to meet new mothers and get some help bf'ing which, by the way, can be extremely challenging. The ABA would also be the place to ask if there are any local classes you can attend.

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    Default Antenatal Class and Breastfeeding Class

    I'm surprised your hospital won't squeeze you in given the circumstances. Can you ask again?

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    Can you ask to just be shown around the birthing ward at least? I missed the birthing classes through my own disorganization and they still snuck me in an hour with the head mw to look around the ward.

    Though I was having a vbac so I guess that was the one advantage of being "high risk".lol.

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    I am assuming you have another appointment or two with your midwife at the hospital? Perhaps let her know exactly how important these classes are to you and ask her if she could suggest other places that might be available for you or might be able to push the hospital to squeeze you into their classes.

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    Default Antenatal Class and Breastfeeding Class

    You don't necessarily need to do classes through the hospital, there are a number of independent classes that are supposed to be fantastic. Off the top of my head try Choices For Childbirth, MAMA, Rhea Dempsey (I think hers are quite pricey though).

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    Where in Melbourne will you be moving to?

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    Definitely try ABA. I did the BF classes at my hosp AND a 3 hour course with ABA that cost me about $100 AND went along to my local ABA meetings. The ABA course was the best, followed by the ABA meetings. The hospy classes were a bit dorky as we just played with dolls for a bit...

    I cannot believe that your hospy cant find you a spot for an antenatal class in 6 weeks!! But at the end of the day if you read a lot of child care books there is not a lot you don't learn.

    Also watch One Born Every Minute - a BBC series. It is very educational in terms of what to expect.

    My hospital also gave hand out as to "what to bring, what not to bring". Ask them!


 

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