series of ante-natal and post natal sessions, run by Mary Steen,
midwife and researcher at Leeds Teaching Hospital, are aimed at
promoting the importance of both a healthy mind and body leading
up to and immediately after the birth.
ante natal programme offers advice and help with health, fitness,
diet and nutrition and preparing for an active birth. Advice is
given on coping with birth, managing emotions and relationships
and after birth care.
can attend from being 16 weeks pregnant and the session is in the
form of a discussion followed by some low impact exercises and Pilates
Delamore from Leeds is 27 weeks pregnant, she says: "I come
because it's good to meet people in a similar position to swap pregnancy
stories, worries and also gets you ready for birth as some of the
exercises we can do during labour."
mums can attend the postnatal classes from 10 days after giving
birth. These classes concentrate on the mum's health and they can
bring their new baby along and their mums too.
mum Helen Speight from Leeds says: "I came three weeks after
giving birth to Oliver 'cause it helps me to get back in shape and
it's good for my pelvic floor."
sessions include discussions on health and fitness after the birth,
diet and nutrition, harmful effects of smoking, alcohol and drugs,
maternal health, managing emotions and relationships. A discussion
on one of these subjects is then followed by the low impact exercises
sessions run until Thursday 23 December at South Leeds Stadium in
blocks of six weeks.
further details contact The Community Midwifery Office on 0113 3922784