Online antenatal education
Becoming a parent, whether it’s your first time or to the newest addition to your family, can be one of the most rewarding yet challenging times of your life.
At UHDB, it is important to us that your needs are being met, so we have developed free online antenatal education resources to support you to have a positive, informed and empowered pregnancy, birth and postnatal period. The resources offer a range of topics for you to access in your own time and at your own pace. These resources can be shared with your partners and birth supporters to increase their awareness.
How To Access Online Resources
You can view the online antenatal education resources from the webpage below or via the HealthZone UK App.
The App can be accessed by downloading it for free from the App Store (opens in new window) > or Google Play (opens in new window) > to your personal device. Once downloaded, you will need to select the UHDB – Maternity App when opening it for the first time. The online antenatal education resources are located under the ‘antenatal’ tile.
Click on the drop down tabs below to explore the online antenatal education resources.
This section looks at topics that are most relevant to the antenatal period:
Labour and birth topics
This section focuses on topics to help you prepare for your labour and birth:
- Watch video on the signs of labour (opens in new window) >
- Watch video on the stages of labour (opens in new window) >
- Watch video on the third stage of labour options (opens in new window) >
- Watch video on membrane sweeps and induction of labour (opens in new window) >
- Watch video about pain relief options during labour & birth (opens in new window) >
- Watch video about involving partners (opens in new window) >
This section covers what to expect after you have had your baby:
- Watch video on vitamin K for Baby (opens in new window) >
- Watch video on early Postnatal Care (opens in new window) >
- Watch video on feeding Your Baby (opens in new window) >
- Watch video on postnatal Care Timeline (opens in new window) >
- Watch video that provides imformation and guidance on crying/unwell babies (opens in new window) >
- Watch video on lullaby Trust Safe Sleep Advice (opens in new window) >
- Watch video highlighting the issues around maternal mental health/ perinatal positivity (opens in new window) >
Feeding your baby
This section gives you key information to help you get feeding your baby off to the best start. We have videos for you to watch in your own time and new Virtual Infant Feeding Antenatal Classes to participate in. See below for more information.
- Watch video on hand expression (opens in new window) >
- Watch video on responsive Feeding (opens in new window) >
- Watch video on positioning & Attachment (opens in new window) >
- Watch video on paced Feeding (opens in new window) >
- Watch video on how to tell if breastfeeding is going well (opens in new window) >
- Watch How your body makes breast milk and what your baby does to help your body make more (opens in new window) >
- Download a guide to help you start breastfeeding (opens in new window) [pdf]
An invitation to take part in our Virtual Infant Feeding Antenatal Class
How you feed your baby is a very personal choice which depends on many factors. You will be offered lots of support which ever feeding method you choose. You also don’t need to make a feeding choice whilst you are pregnant. Lots of mums wait and see how they feel once they hold their baby for the first time.
The aim of our ‘virtual’ infant feeding class is therefore to help you feel well informed and supported to make a decision that is right for you, your baby and your family.
The class will be held via MS TEAMS; which provides us with a secure communication platform for group chats and classes.
We would like to invite you to attend class when you are between 34 weeks and 36 weeks pregnant.
If you would like to take part in one of our virtual, group classes, please contact 01283 511511 (extension 4351) on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10.30am and 1pm.
You will be asked for your ‘Name’, ‘Contact Telephone Number’, ‘Due Date’, and ‘Email Address’.
Our Infant Feeding Team will then send you your personal MS TEAMS invitation.
This section will give you information about the role of the health visitors:
Maternity care venues
This section will show you some of our maternity care locations at UHDB.
Please note these are 360 videos, which means that you can click and drag the screen to see the hospital from all angles. Sometimes your laptop will lower the quality of the video because of this feature - to change this, please click on the cog in the right hand corner of the video, click quality and then choose your preferred quality (the higher the better, with HD options giving you the best viewing experience).
- Watch video on Royal Derby Hospital Labour Ward (opens in new window) >
- Watch video on Royal Derby Hospital Birth Centre (opens in new window) >
- Watch video on Royal Derby Hospital Antenatal Service (opens in new window) >
- Watch video on Queen's Hospital Burton Maternity Unit (opens in new window) >
This section offers some template resources that you can use to help you plan for the arrival of your baby:
We are always interested in your feedback, so if you have any queries or you feel that there is an area missing that you believe would be beneficial, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.