Physical Preparation for Childbirth Classes

The Women’s Health specialist Physiotherapy Team at the Royal Surrey offer 3 childbirth preparation classes*, focusing on managing the physical aspects of pregnancy and childbirth in a relaxed & friendly environment.


Class 1- Understanding body changes & minimising any discomfort during your pregnancy
(Ideally in early pregnancy approx 12-20 weeks but welcome at any stage)

  • Posture & positioning
  • Back care & lifting advice
  • Explanation of the pelvic floor & core stability
  • Discussion on common symptoms during pregnancy

Class 2: Approx 32 weeks onwards, partners are welcome

  • Practical demonstration of different positions in labour
  • Breathing awareness/ distraction / relaxation techniques
  • Massage in labour techniques
  • Use of T.E.N.S (for pain relief) .This can be hired from the hospital.

Class 3: Approx 32 weeks onwards, partners are welcome

  • Positions for the second stage of labour
  • Breathing awareness / effective pushing during delivery
  • Helpful hints on coping with instrumental deliveries & Caesarean section
  • Postnatal advice on exercises & activities


*Please note that all classes are free and last for approximately 2 hours, including a short break.

To book onto one of our classes, please click here to download a booking form. For more details and information please call the Physiotherapy Department on: 01483 464153.

For a full list of dates for our upcoming antenatal classes for 2015 please download the link.

For 2016 dates, please click here

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