You moms-to-be are officially spoiled for choice when it comes to antenatal classes in London. First, there was Lulubaby, and now introducing, The Bump Class! Gone are the days of paying for NCT classes, it’s all about specialized meetings with experts in their field, and information presented in a non-judgy way (have I ever told you about the death stare I got because I asked about an epidural in MY NCT class…)
The Bump Class is run by a team of doctors, physiotherapists, and breast-feeding experts. The doctor of the group also happens to my family GP, and I can not recommend her enough if you are still looking for one. Dr Chiara Hunt is based at the Sloane Street Surgery in Knightsbridge. She has worked on the labour ward at St Mary’s, Paddington and Chelsea and Westminster, as well as in pediatrics. She is a mom of two, and is a wonderful doctor. On a recent visit to her office with Mini-AG, I saw the flyer for The Bump Class, and so I asked her more about it. During the classes, Dr Hunt covers a wide variety of topics, including what should be in your baby’s medical kit as well as common health problems for mother and baby in the postnatal period.
The Team of Experts:
Apart from Dr Hunt, there are some super knowledgeable people who help teach The Bump Classes. There is literally someone to help you with every question from the beginning of pregnancy and through to childbirth and being a new mom.
Marina Fogle provides the practical advice. She is the author of Bump Mail, a week by week guide to pregnancy and the first year of motherhood. She lives with her husband, the TV presenter Ben Fogle and her two small children in Notting Hill.
Geraldine Miskin is a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist who has been running a successful private practice in London since 2003. Geraldine’s unique approach to breastfeeding focusses primarily on the practical elements of breastfeeding, enabling mums to find breastfeeding solutions, according to their unique anatomy, physiology, delivery and lifestyle choices. Her unbiased, non-judgemental approach ensures mothers find a solution which best suits them.
Liz Noonan is a midwife working at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington. She has extensive experience in all birth settings. Her particular interest is in birth centre and home birth where she helps enable women to give birth naturally. She also has expert knowledge in breastfeeding and postnatal care.
Camilla Bouverie is a leading Women’s Health Physiotherapist, based at SIX Physio in London. Previously she has worked in and helped run the Women’s Health Physiotherapy Departments at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and St Georges Hospital. She specialises in treating pregnant and post-natal women, for any aches and pains during and after pregnancy, as well as pelvic floor problems. Lots of women suffer with pelvic floor issues and Camilla encourages women to make the most out of it by doing regular exercises and stretches.
Beverley Turner is a Daily Telegraph columnist, lead reporter on BBC Five Live’s Bump Club and plays an active role promoting natural birth options for women. Using her knowledge as a student of Hypnosis, she can advise on the two types of deep-relaxation she used in her births; the merits of water-births; the risks and benefits of home-births and the use of Independent Midwives.
Why Sign Up?
Being a new mom is a super stressful time, and I think it’s even harder when your are an ex-pat. Being away from your family and friends, in a new country, with a health care system that is a tad bonkers, I say you can use ALL of the help you can get.
And…..even better…..all of the Bump Classes are perfectly personalized, so in order to choose which class is best based on your due-date, simply contact the team and they will ring you to discuss a start date.
Classes are based at:
29 South Terrace,
For more information on The Bump Class, click here.