Breathe In, Breathe Out! Best Prenatal Classes in Bangalore

Pregnancy is one of the most exciting and the most terrifying times in the life of a woman. Today we live in an age of information overload and a simple google search can give you all the information on childbirth, labour and new born baby care. In this case why must you go for a childbirth class. We bring you a few reasons to do so:

1) Well firstly because as opposed to just reading about childbirth, a childbirth class has an qualified instructor who can demonstrate and guide you through the various stages of labour equipping mothers with various relaxation techniques like lamaze breathing, yoga, visual imagination, aromatherapy, acupressure, hypnotherapy, suitable for each stage. Your labour partner will also learn how to encourage and support you.

2) Practical sessions with dolls for practicing diapering, bathing, holding an infant, and positions for breastfeeding provide a perfect hands-on learning environment which is important for everyone.

3) You get an opportunity to meet with qualified professionals who will answer your specific queries and address your fears.

4) A childbirth class is a great place to meet other expectant parents, share experiences and get peer support during various stages of parenting.

5) Most of all it enhances a woman’s confidence and ability to give birth and make informed decisions in health care.

Today Childbirth classes are becoming extremely popular with almost every locality and almost every gynaecologist having access to childbirth educations centers, lamaze classes and antenatal classes. Here’s a list of resources of the popular antenatal programs and workshops that are happening across Bangalore.

Antenatal Session and MBA workshop by Cloudnine

All Cloud Nine centers around Bangalore offer an extensive parental workshop for expectant parents. These workshops give detailed information on pregnancy trimesters, labour — signs, progression, newborn care, while dispelling the myths surrounding pregnancy. The centers also offer an MBA (Management of Baby Affairs workshop) where parents are taught about baby care, handling emergencies and first aid for babies, diet and nutrition for lactating mothers and other related topics.

Besides these two popular session mothers can opt for a one-on-one antenatal fitness session as well as yoga and aerobics classes. They also organise a monthly baby shower for to-be-moms.

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Fitness Sessions at Expecting Moms

The specialists at Expecting Moms believe that Exercise plays an important role in promoting health and well being for pregnant women and they teach a range of exercises for women including pelvic mobility exercises, strengthening exercises and toning exercises for the abdomen, lower back, perineal, upper limb and lower limbs.

The 4 session course conducted by Dr. Madhavi Latha, physiotherapist by profession and a health and fitness specialist by specialization also includes parenting sessions for the couple and personalized exercise sessions for women based on her level of fitness, specific needs and recommendations from her gynaecologist.

Eligibility: 20 weeks and above

Location: #595,16th Cross, BEML Layout, ITPL RD, Thubarahalli

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The Prenatal Yoga class at Srimoyi Yoga

The Prenatal Yoga class at Srimoyi Yoga offers a safe, restorative Yoga practice with Pranayams and Asanas which are appropriate for pregnancy. The class provides gentle exercise for pregnant women and stretches & tones the body in preparation for childbirth.

Some of the benefits of Prenatal Yoga are a boost in energy, increases the likelihood of a healthy birth, quicker postpartum recovery, increases overall strength, increased flexibility and well-being and provides relief from common pregnancy discomfort like lower back pain, swollen joints and muscle tension.

Eligibility: 14 to 24 weeks

Location: Sarjapur Outer Ring Road, Bellandur, Beside Intel

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Antenatal Classes by At Parenting Place

Antenatal classes can help you and your partner to prepare for labour, birth and early parenthood. Some classes focus mostly on labour and birth, while others guide you through late pregnancy, and what life with a newborn baby will be like

Celebrate the magic of stepping into parenthood with Dr. Debmita Dutta at Prenting Place This event series will be conducted over a few fun and interactive sessions and will include topics such as Nutrition, Exercise, Birthing, Newborn Care, Breastfeeding and Post Partum Care.

Location: Inside PARI’s Haute Couture Premises, 1/2, Cambridge Road Cross, Ulsoor

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Natural Childbirth Counseling By Biba Bhushri

Biba Bhushi is a counsellor for childbirth who offers a one day extensive child birthing course that provides group discussions on hospital stay, and on bringing the baby home. The participants are also given a complete list of essentials to be taken to the hospital, and of requirements in the baby’s first month. There is also an outline of breathing techniques, and exercises for the mother.

Fathers-to-be are an important part of the course and are trained to guide their wives through the breathing and check on the rhythm followed. The course also highlights the various Lamaze techniques for pain relief.

*Biba is often travelling and is difficult to contact. Her classes are highly recommended and with a long waiting list.

Location: 4A Malabar Mansion 376, 13 Main, Block 3 Koramangala

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Pregnancy Support at Columbia Asia

The Obstetrics and Gynaecology department of Columbia Asia offers a special pregnancy support program called Columbia Venus that allows the mother to enjoy the experience of childbirth, while everything else is taken care of by the experts right from pre-conception counselling, antenatal care to post-natal services. In addition, the specialized birthing centers provide a comfortable environment with easy access to essential medical equipment. The program also includes information on the various stages of pregnancy, childbirth and post-delivery care, live demonstration of healthy recipes and lots more.

Location: Bashettihalli, Doddaballapur

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Child Birth Preparation At Rainbow Hospitals

At Rainbow Hospitals, childbirth preparation classes are conducted for pregnant couples every week. In these classes the entire team of care-givers for the pregnant woman (obstetricians, anesthetists, pediatricians, midwives, nutritionist and physiotherapist) meet couple informally and take them through the changes in pregnancy, what are the do’s and don’ts, right eating habits, exercise and fitness. These classes empower pregnant women; make them fearless and more confident. They cope with pregnancy and labor pains very well and have increased rates of vaginal birth. Women in all stages of pregnancy can attend.

Contact: Rainbow Hospital, Survey №8/5, Marathahalli-KR Puram Outer Ring Road, Doddanekundi, Marathahalli

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Antenatal Program at Fortis Hospitals ( The Nest)

The antenatal program at The Nest at Fortis Hospitals aims to help pregnant mothers understand things that they may experience during the pregnancy and to prepare adequately for the arrival of their bundle of joy. Their trained team of physiotherapists provides quality antenatal exercise classes for mommy’s-to-be, to ensure that they exercise safely and under adequate guidance and care. The Antenatal Program includes lamaze breathing, antenatal exercise,posture and back care, relaxation techniques, position during Labor, kegels and postnatal exercises

Location: The Nest, 154/9, Bannerghatta Road, Opp. IIMB

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Lamaze and Yoga Classes at Motherhood

The antenatal programme at Motherhood is a tried-and-true way that emphasizes the natural birthing process. Lamaze and yoga classes at Motherhood well acquaint the mother and the spouse with this, through various pain relief methods, exercise and breathing techniques. It also reduces the chances of a caesarean & supports your journey to safe and healthy start with your baby. The classes are held every Saturday.

Location: Indiranagar, Sarjapur, Sahakar Nagar

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Additional Birthing Programs recommended by the Bangalore Birth Network

Dr. Renu Arora

MBBS, Trained anaesthesiologist, Diploma from Apollo Hospitals in ‘Preventive and Promotive Healthcare’, Prenatal and Postnatal Consultant, Childbirth Class Instructor. Provides Prenatal and Postnatal Consultation, Lamaze Instruction, and Antenatal and Postnatal exercise classes.

Payal Biswas Soo

Physiotherapist, Childbirth Educator Prenatal and Postnatal Fitness, CAPPA certified Lactation Educator

For more information, please click here.

Originally published at on August 22, 2016.

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