Are you looking for the best antenatal class?

If you’re looking for the best ante natal class that will:

  • help you during pregnancy
  • help you achieve the best birth experience for you and your baby
  • keep you in control, calm and confident during pregnancy and labour
  • Give you practical hands on tips for the early days after your baby has arrived 

…then sign up to Magical Baby Moments Hypnobirthing Classes.

The classes will teach you how to prepare the baby, the mother and the birthing partners to encourage and create the birth experience of your choice.

No two birth experiences are the same, but by understanding the choices available, the options that you have (and understanding the benefits and risks of those options) and taking the right ones for you and your baby, will leave you with a positive birth experience that you were in control of.

Our classes teach parents-to-be the following:

  1. what happens in the final stages of pregnancy, understanding how your body is working to help your baby birth 
  2. help you understand the signs for when labour has started and how to manage your labour in a calm and confident way
  3. techniques to encourage to prepare you and your baby to be ready in the best way possible for labour
  4. Learn the optimal positions to have a potentially shorter and more comfortable labour. Unlike the films, we should not be lying on a bed to deliver our babies!

Would you like tips on what to do in those early days with your baby? We cover that too.

Hypnobirthing teaches simple and gentle techniques that have a profound effect. You can release fear and anxiety and build confidence in yourself and your body’s ability to give birth naturally.

Magical Baby Moments is based in the UK and offers classes in Essex and London. Find out more about Magical Baby Moments Hypnobirthing Classes.

Don’t miss out on the Essex Baby Show 2015

Not long now until Essex Baby Show… Want great products and services for your baby? Want FREE tickets? Email with your contact details?

Magical Baby Moments Hypnobirthing Classes – SPECIAL OFFERS will be available to show guests.

Not sure whether hypnobirthing is for you? Come and have a chat and let us know what questions you have?

See you there…

Essex Baby Show, Chelmsford, Essex
29 November, 10-2pm



The essentials for your newborn

With so many baby products on the market, it can be hard to know what you really need and what is just a nice extra. Perhaps you want to buy everything brand new, or perhaps you are lucky to have family and friends to pass things on, to help reduce the costs. Here’s a rundown of the essentials to help you with your shopping list.

Baby clothes
A mimimun of eight all-in-one suits will be very handy. Small babies tend to live in these during their first few months and really don’t need to wear anything else, apart from a vest underneath in winter and a cardigan over the top if it is cold.
A mimimun of eight six vests, also known as body suits, with envelope necks and poppers underneath. These can be worn under all-in-ones, or on their own if it’s hot. Short and long-sleeved versions are available for different times of the year.

Depending on the time of year, you might need to invest in cardigans, hats, and a pram/snowsuit (if only they made them for adults!)

TIP: Don’t use washing powders with enzymes (bio powders) or fabric conditioner, as they may irritate your baby’s skin. Always rinse baby clothes thoroughly. It is recommended to wash baby’s clothes separately to yours for the first 6 months.

As newborn babies will need their nappies changed 10 times to 12 times a day, buy enough to keep you going for at least the first few days or so. You will also need nappy sacks and wet wipes (or cotton wool).

TIP: The packaging for nappies looks the same to the untrained eye, make sure you buy the right size for your baby! 

If you are planning to use reusable nappies, you will need at least 15 nappies suitable for your newborn baby. You will also need a bucket, nappy liners, and some nappy steriliser. It’s also probably a good idea to have at least one packet of disposable nappies handy too, in case you get behind with the washing during the early weeks.

Feeding equipment
If you’re breastfeeding, you will need nursing bras and breast pads.

Bottles, teats, bottle brushes, and a steriliser or some other sterilising method are vital if you are bottle-feeding.

Cotton bibs and muslins are very handy too.

A Moses basket, crib, or cot – with the appropriate sized mattress
You will need bottom sheets, top sheets and blankets for the baby’s early days. As they get older, you can let them sleep in a baby sleeping bag – these are very practical, especially when they start to wriggle at night, so that they don’t get uncovered.

TIP: If you are borrowing a crib or a cot, or using one that has been used by another of your children, you should ideally buy a new mattress. Mattresses should always be firm, flat, fits with no gaps, is clean, and waterproof.

Don’t use pillows and duvets – they are not safe for babies who are less than a year old due to the risk of suffocation.

And as pretty as they are, baby bumpers around the cot can cause suffocation.

A baby bath can be useful, but they do take up a lot of room if space is limited. A newborn bath support will hold your baby safely in the main bath and is much cheaper.

Baby towels are useful, but not essential. A small bath towel will work just as well.

A mild, liquid baby soap or bath emollient to protect your baby’s delicate skin, cotton flannels and/or cotton wool.

In the early weeks, the baby needs to lie flat in the travel system that you choose. There are many models on the market that grow and adapt with your baby, that go from pram-style to buggy.

You’ll also need a raincover and, in summer, a sunshade.

If you are travelling by car, you will need a rear-facing car seat (some travel systems have the car seat as part of it).

TIP: Even when leaving hospital the baby must be in a car seat, so make sure you have this ready in advance.

Sun blinds for the car are useful in the summer as well as winter (when the sun is lower on the horizon).

Baby carriers
Baby carriers (also called slings) are attached with straps and your baby is carried in front of you. Most babies like being carried like this because they’re close to you and warm.

TIP: Whichever style you choose, always make sure the baby’s head is supported at all times.

Changing bag
A changing bag is essential for holding all the bits and pieces you now need to take with you whenever you leave the house. Choose a bag with a changing mat and space for wet wipes, lots of nappies and your baby’s bottle (if you’re bottle-feeding). If you’re very organised, you may prefer a bag with lots of compartments. Otherwise, choose a simpler style, as you can end up wasting a lot of time looking for that vital, but buried, item!

TIP: It is likely that you will ditch your handbag (so that you have one less thing to carry), so choose a style that you will like – and that your partner is also happy to carry.

You will always want one to hand when your baby is poorly, to keep an eye on their temperature.

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The benefits of Perineal Massage and how to do it

Starting around 34 weeks, try massaging your perineum. Daily perineal massage may increase the area’s ability to stretch, leading to less need for an episiotomy and fewer natural tears.

Try this technique yourself, with clean hands and trimmed nails.

How to do Perineal Massage

  1. . Use a lubricant such as olive oil/sweet almond oil to your hands and the perineal area.
  2. Place a thumb or two fingers 3cm into the vagina (half your thumb).
  3. Massage the area by gently rubbing the perineal tissues between your thumb and fingers.
  4. Press downwards and to the sides, gently stretching until you feel a tingling sensation. The feeling lessens after a few moments.
  5. Once this sensation is felt, hold the stretch for around one minute, until the feeling subsides and begin gently massaging the lower part of the vagina by moving your thumb back and forth. While massaging also hook your thumb onto the sides of the vagina and gently pull these tissues forward, as your baby’s head does, when they are being born.
  6. Continue to gently rub as you stretch for around 3-4 minutes.

Discontinue if you feel pain.

  • Perineal massage alone is not the only technique to prevent tearing/avoiding an episiotomy during birth. Also try:
    Pelvic floor exercises
  • Squatting, or a similar position that works with gravity, during labour/birth
  • Birthing pool – the warmth and water softens the perineum
  • Slow births, gently breathing the baby down, rather than coached pushing

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How to have a positive birth experience

If you are well informed and can make your own decisions, your experience of labour and birth should be positive.

The key to it all is relaxation and taking control and that is the message that Magical Baby Moments advocates.

Reading and learning what might happen will give you the confidence to deal with any situation that arises. It is important to take control of your pregnancy and birth, by being informed, knowing that the choices are and understanding the associated risks and benefits.

Nobody will ‘deliver’ your baby, you, as the mum, will ‘give birth’ to your child, so believe in yourself and your ability to do so.

If you would like help to learn techniques to ensure you remain, relaxed, focused and in control, hypnobirthing classes, for you and your birth partner, will help you to achieve that.

Magical Baby Moments classes not only teach you relaxation techniques, but it also covers many aspects of labour and birth, such as where to have your baby, options for medical and natural pain relief, best positions for labour and looking after the baby during the first few days after the birth.

Read more in the Classes section.

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It’s your choice – decide how you want the labour that is right for you and your baby

If you’re on your first pregnancy, no doubt you have been reading countless books, been getting advice from medical professionals and recommended by family and friends what you should do.

The choice of how your labour plays out is in your hands – it doesn’t need to be totally managed or completely natural (unless that’s what you want). it can be a blend of many things. Here are some things to consider:

  • Where to have your baby, hospital, midwife-led unit or home birth
  • Birthing partner there throughout, or asked not to be part of some procedures
  • Medical induction of labour or a spontaneous start
  • Amniotomy or spontaneous rupture of membranes
  • Baby monitored electronically or by the manual Sonicaid
  • Confined to the bed or being mobile
  • Types of pain relief, natural like hypnobirthing techniques such as breathing and visualisations or medical such as gas and air, pethidine and epidural
  • The position in which to deliver your baby
  • Natural expulsion of the placenta
  • Who the baby goes to first after being born

These are just some considerations to decide upon, that can help you create the right birth plan that is for you.

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