Why are antenatal classes important? 

You will hear very mixed reviews about antenatal classes (also known as antenatal courses, prenatal classes, bump classes or bump and baby classes). Some couples swear by them for the vital information required to write a comprehensive birth plan; some women feel they need the information about infant feeding and all things 'baby'. Some parents say their antenatal classes were a vital source of peer support (that is, they met other parents at antenatal classes or antenatal groups) and that they remained friends with the other parents in the group for many years. 
 
With all this is mind, where do we start, when we are considering antenatal classes? And do we really NEED to do antenatal classes (especially if it isn't our first pregnancy)?. Why do antenatal classes? Are antenatal classes necessary? If so, when should I start them? 
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Welcome to Baobab Life – a health and wellness blog for women. 
 
Aster Baby Scan Clinic was created by Miss Jacqueline Bamfo, a consultant in Obstetrics and Maternal Fetal Medicine Subspecialist, to support expectant parents during their pregnancies with pregnancy scans and advice.  
 
Dr Jacqueline Bamfo has now joined her sister, Miss Alison Amegatcher, a Registered Nurse based in California, with over 20 years + of experience in healthcare to create Baobab Life. 
 
The sisters want to create a space for women to find high quality evidence-based information about health and wellness. They believe it is time to change the narrative in women's health. They want to bring empowerment, ownership and support towards better health outcomes for women. Their approach is holistic, relevant and collaborative. 
 
So why Baobab - Baobab is the Tree of Life. It has amazing resources and can be used for numerous health benefits. And we hope that Baobab Life will prove to be a useful resource for women in Beds, Herts, Bucks and beyond.  
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A healthy diet is the first step in good pregnancy nutrition.  
 
Your midwife will usually recommend multivitamins.  
 
A multivitamin is a tablet that contains several different vitamins and mineral in the required doses.  
 
Your midwife or healthcare provider may recommend a particular multivitamin tablet for pregnancy or you can ask your local pharmacy for the best one to take during pregnancy. 
 
Most pregnancy multivitamins will contain everything you need, but in pregnancy, there are two really important vitamins to make sure you take. These are Folic acid and Vitamin D. 
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COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect the lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.  
 
The symptoms of coronavirus are: 
 
a cough 
a high temperature 
shortness of breath 
 
The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu. We are advising you to rearrange your appointment if you are unwell or have any of these symptoms or have returned from a high risk area. 
 
 
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Are you expecting a baby in 2020?  
 
Why not attend our Expecting a baby event. 
 
We are holding an event for expectant mums and dads. 
 
Sunday 8th March 2020 - 10 am to 2 pm. 
 
FREE to attend. 
 
We are delighted to have experts to chat about WHAT to EXPECT and how to Be Prepared for Life with a new baby. 
 
 
 
 
Having private scans in pregnancy offers reassurance for many reasons. You may have had early pregnancy bleeding, or concerns or just want to confirm your dates. You may wish to do the Harmony prenatal test for Down's syndrome. You may wish to know the fetal sex or just wish to have an idea of how the baby will look with a 4D scan.  
Being pregnant for the first time can pose lots of questions. One particular one is how big is my baby? Many women will not show a bump until they are well into the second trimester. It can be difficult to get an idea of how big the baby is. There are fruit analogies that help parents to visualize how big their baby is. However, a pregnancy scan is the best way of knowing for sure how the baby is growing. It is also a great way to bond with the baby.  
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Well why not follow in the steps of Beyonce, Demi Moore, The Kardashians, Kirsten Dunst, Serena Williams and many more celebrities! 
 
A woman's body is amazing especially while it nurtures and takes care of a developing baby ! This is such a special time for you and your family, so why not capture it! 
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Birth Trauma – a subjective experience by the woman giving birth, her partner or anyone witnessing the birth and believing the event to be traumatic. In the UK there are up to 20,000 women that are affected by birth trauma.  
That is 30% of all birthing women found some aspect of their birth traumatic. 3-4% of all birthing women go on to develop Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and can be as high as 15.7 % in high risk groups (Grekin & O’Hara, 2014).  
 
Birth trauma is very distinct from Postnatal depression and the signs and symptoms vary between the two conditions.  
 
However, due to the lack of awareness of Birth Trauma many postnatal women are being misdiagnosed. 
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In days gone by, having a complication during pregnancy could trigger a train of thoughts about a difficult outcome…..but thankfully, times have changed. 
We know a lot more about pregnancy, birth, the common risks, preceding 'warning signs' and, ultimately, what to do to treat the potentially serious conditions mothers might face during childbirth today ...and that's wonderful.  
 
But it absolutely doesn't mean we should become complacent when it comes to watching out for anything 'abnormal' during childbirth. 
The conditions and risk factors that made childbirth so perilous for our predecessors haven't disappeared - we just know more about them now; how to treat them.....what to look out for..... This is why your midwife, GP and Obstetrician are all vital to ensuring you and your baby stay safe throughout your pregnancy and birth.  
 
They are the experts in checking everything is 'OK' - but they are also the people you REALLY want around when something is NOT 'OK'
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Maternity Seminar event on 21st March 2019. 
An evening filled with knowledge and networking for student midwives and healthcare professionals. There will be updates on preeclampsia, prenatal screening, Non-Invasive Prenatal testing (NIPT), infant feeding and contraception. Advice on caring for expectant parents with a previous difficult pregnancy loss. Delivered by the Aster baby Scan Clinic team.  
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Baby, toddler and child growth, especially in social development and relationship formation, are greatly affected by where they spend their time, who they interact with and the quality of that interaction time! 
 
What better way to get out the house, and spend quality time with your baby, as well giving your baby the chance to see other babies and toddlers of different ages playing and getting together. 
 
Looking for fun baby clubs and facilities, but not wanting to leave town? Milton Keynes has a lot of soft play venues and infant facilities where your toddlers can roam around and play. While some have entrance fees and some are free, there are numerous play areas that you and your baby can enjoy and go have fun in. 
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