Covid-19 Update and Resources
In light of current advice on limiting social contact we are cancelling all Antenatal classes at Homerton starting from 17 March. The situation will remain under review. We apologise for the cancellation but are keen to make every effort to keep you all as safe as possible. As soon as it is possible to safely resume classes we will be in touch to let you know about the classes you have booked or to give you the opportunity to book if you haven't already. Please find below a package of rescources including class videos starring our Midwives, as well as detailed slide shows with a lot of Homerton specific information and signposting to high quality links and resources.
Due to Covid-19 we are currently unable to offer our usual Antenatal Classes. On these files and videos you can find all the information our Midwives would usually provide at these sessions.
Antenatal Class Videos
Session 1: Normal Birth
Video - Normal Birth
Slides - Normal Birth [pdf] 2MB
Session 2: Delivery Suite and Higher Risk Care
Session 3: Care of the Newborn/Postnatal
Video - Baby and Mother
Resources to be used at home
A leaflet explaining why you might be perscribed Clexane and how to use it: Clexane leaflet [pdf] 221KB
Useful services for women in Hackney:
Coronavirus information in other languages
Latest advice from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Public Health England
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)
RCOG Information for pregnant women and their families
Public Health England (PHE)
Pregnancy and Labour Resources
You can find excellent advice on these websites about choosing your place of birth and about early labour
Infant Care and Feeding Resources
The Best Beginnings website contains advice on breastfeeding, pregnancy exercise, mental health and premature birth.
A complete collection of Infant Feeding resources
A complete collection of Infant Feeding resources in a range of languages
Resources in Turkish
Doğum sancısı hazırlığı - Turkish translated Preparing for labour Booklet 2020 Doğum sancısı hazırlığı.pdf [pdf] 616KB
During pregnancy, you will have time to think about your future as a parent and to consider some options for yourself and your baby, including decisions about the birth and about feeding your baby. We provide parent education classes to help you prepare for the birth and for parenthood. For details of where and when classes are held see below.
Breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed a baby and we encourage women to breastfeed their babies and aim to support you to achieve this. Visit the caring for you and your baby section for more information about breastfeeding.
Parent education classes
Parent education sessions take place in the hospital Antenatal Clinic and are run by midwives. We recommended that you book onto the classes as soon as possible following your 12 week dating scan with the aim of starting the classes between 30 and 34 weeks of pregnancy. You can book by via the Eventbrite links given to you by your midwife. If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The course consists of 3 sessions, covering:
- Normal birth and pain relief
- Variation of labour and birth
- Postnatal care, postnatal depression, partner’s role and care of the baby; the crying baby and infant feeding
These sessions can be attended over three consecutive weeks or in one full day weekend session.
For privacy and infection control reasons we do not offer routine group tours of the unit.
Place of Birth session
The place of birth session is an opportunity for you, at any stage of your pregnancy, to spend some time with a midwife discussing the places of birth that are available to you.
At Homerton hospital the options include having your baby at home or in the hospital on the Birth Centre or Delivery Suite. At this session we can discuss which option might be most appropriate for you, and answer any questions you may have about our services.
The Place of Birth session is on the first Friday of each month, between 5.30 - 6.30pm in the Antenatal Clinic, no booking is required for this session.
Birth after Caesarean section information session
If you are more than 20 weeks pregnant and have had a previous baby by caesarean section, you may be interested in attending one of our information sessions where you can find out more about having a vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC). The session is run by a consultant obstetrician and a consultant midwife.
- meet other parents in a similar situation
- have a chance to ask questions and find out your options for labour
- increase your confidence through gaining more information
- learn practical tips to keep labour normal – relaxation, breathing, positions