Suffolk Babies is a not for profit organisation and we have a groundbreaking contract with Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust to deliver high quality, free, antenatal education across Central, East and South Suffolk.

This is the online version of our workshop, condensed into an hour long series of videos that will help you understand the stages of labour, what is happening in your body, how to maximise the effectiveness of your contractions, and what the birth partner can do to help. We will also look at what happens once your baby is born.

For more on newborn babies, please see our "Understanding Your New Baby" online course.

About the instructor


Jo Cresdee

Jo Cresdee, CEO, is a Fedant registered Antenatal teacher, baby massage instructor and baby yoga instructor with a background in Montessori teaching. She is also a qualified Level 3 Personal Trainer, qualified DipHb Hypnobirthing Instructor and Paramana Doula. Jo has worked in this area since 2011 building up a local business providing private antenatal classes and baby classes. Jo teaches antenatal, baby, toddler and fitness classes. 

Course Curriculum

  • 1


    • Welcome to this free online course from Suffolk Babies!

  • 2

    Chapter 1 - Your body and how it births

    • Your body and how it births, and the role of the birth partner

  • 3

    Chapter 2 - Knowing when you are in labour

    • Knowing when you are in labour and when to call the hosptial. Understanding contractions and dilation. What happens during an induction of labour.

  • 4

    Chapter 3 - The first stage of labour

    • The active stage of labour, transition and the "birthing bubble"

  • 5

    Chapter 4 - The second stage of labour

    • Giving birth to your baby

  • 6

    Chapter 5 - The third stage of labour

    • What happens after your baby is born. Birthing the placenta

  • 7

    Chapter 6 - Newborn checks and going home

    • When you can expect to go home

  • 8

    Chapter 7 - Let's Talk Reading

    • What support is available to help parents with reading. The end credits.

  • 9

    Additional resources

    • Additional resources on pregnancy, birth and your new baby

    • How does Suffolk Babies work

This course is completely free and relevant to anyone who is pregnant!

And don't forget to learn about the newborn period...

  • £19.00

    £19.00Understanding Your New Baby

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