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Antenatal classes for pregnancy, labour and parenthood

What are they and what they include?

In Greece, in the past, they were called “classes for painless labour”, but nowadays these classes are much more than that. They are about preparing myself, not only physically but also psychologically, in order to connect with my body and my baby, imagining what my labour will be like and empowering my inner instincts.

Theoretical preparation

These classes contribute to the preparation of couples for pregnancy, labour and parenthood. More specifically, the classes offer evidence-based information related to issues that often concern parents-to-be, such as the onset of labour, the process of labour, pain relief methods, obstetric interventions and breastfeeding. Through the antenatal classes, women are empowered and gain more confidence in their ability to give birth, while the couple becomes more confident in parenthood.

The information that is given helps couples, and especially women, decide with whom they want to give birth, trust their bodies, feel powerful and have a positive birth experience.

Psychological preparation

The classes play a very important role in the promotion of the woman’s physical and psychological health. Many times, we go through situations that provoke negative feelings, such as fear, insecurity and uncertainty that might interfere with the process of labour and the relationship between mother and child. In the classes, the couples feel the support and protection that is offered to them and release themselves from any negative feelings that might be responsible for not having a calm pregnancy and an empowering birth experience.

Furthermore, women are encouraged to establish and develop their communication with their child, something that is considered to be fundamental for their whole life and their personality. This communication and bonding can be achieved through relaxation and breathing techniques, touching their abdomen, talking and singing to their baby.

Socialisation

The classes contribute to the socialisation of the couples, as they give them the chance to come to contact with each other and share their feelings and experiences with other couples that will become parents as well. This continuous interaction and exchange of opinions between the couples in the classes, strengthen the group, contributes to the creation of deep relationships and increases the bonding within and between the couples.

The classes are held weekly and last for approximately 2 months.

Each class lasts for 2 hours and consists of a theoretical and a practical part.

Some of the things that are discussed:

I understand my contractions and the onset of labour.

I communicate with my baby.

Breathing and expulsion.

Pain, fear of labour, pain relief methods.

Breastfeeding.

Care of the newborn.

The 4th trimester.

Making my birth plan, talking about obstetric interventions.

 

You can take part whenever you choose to.

6 of the classes are carried out by Katerina Georgakoula (midwife and founder of IROIS) and Eleni Asimaki (midwife), while 2 classes are held by Despoina Gravvani (psychologist, psychotherapist).


8 classes in two groups: morning and evening.

Morning group (from 11th of May 2019, every Saturday) at 12.00.

Evening group (every Tuesday) at 18.30.

Participation fee: 30€/couple/class

Location: Alexioupoleos 1, Argyroupoli, Athens, 16452

Book your place at: 211 4013 649, 6970678817, info@irois.gr

 

You can download here the Birth Plan file in order to complete it, if you wish.

 

birth plan

The sessions are led by
6 of the classes are carried out by Katerina Georgakoula (midwife and founder of IROIS) and Eleni Asimaki (midwife), while 2 classes are held by Despoina Gravvani (psychologist, psychotherapist).
Date
Morning group (from 11th of May 2019, every Saturday) at 12.00.
Evening group (every Tuesday) at 18.30.
Time
Morning group (every Saturday) at 12.00.
Evening group (every Tuesday) at 18.30.
Participation fee
30€/couple/class
Location

Alexioupoleos 1, Argyroupoli, Athens, 16452

Book your place

211 4013 649 I 697 0678 817 I info@irois.gr

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