This is the first blogpost review of Just Engage as a refresher antenatal class. Marysol, and her husband live in Cape Town with their 3 children and Marysol is a highly respected Cape Town Birth Photographer
“I had already had a baby before, so why take antenatal classes again?”
This was the question I asked myself when pitched with the idea of doing the Just Engage Online Antenatal Course as a “refresher course”. In the interest of full disclosure, it was offered to me at no charge, but these opinions are all my own and I volunteered this review. I felt sharing some of my experience might help others re-assess the value of doing a refresher course even when they are no longer first time parents.
Here are 6 reasons I found it beneficial:
#1 I was foggy on the details
Even though this wasn’t my first rodeo, it had been a few years since I was pregnant and thinking through my birth options. Breastfeeding was a haze I had distinct memories about but didn’t exactly remember what were the tools for starting the relationship off right. I was surprised the more I watched the videos how much I had forgotten.
#2 No need for babysitting
I have other children now. They have a bed time of 7pm, which I choose to protect for my sanity. The thought of getting a babysitter or keeping them up late for an antenatal class? No way. Babysitters are a rare luxury that I get to enjoy for a nice date with my husband. The benefit of doing this course online was that the childcare side of things wasn’t an issue.
#3 Totally customizable
I had already given birth once and knew how that went, therefore I could narrow in on the parts of the course that were applicable to me and skip the rest. No need to sit in on a class that doesn’t pertain to your birth plans. I will say I re-watched the breastfeeding videos several times because that was one aspect that I didn’t pay attention to the first time around. I prepared for birth, but not for the art of feeding this baby. When it didn’t go so well the first time, I knew I would do things differently the next time. I wanted to be more educated, empowered and prepared. These videos specifically would be worth the course to me because they helped me get off to a great start.
#4 Watching in your pyjamas
Because the videos are in bite-sized portions, I watched some while making dinner or brushing my teeth or laying on the couch. So much more relaxed than going anywhere and I was able to take them at my own pace. My kids saw some of them and it prompted good conversations on the baby that was coming.
#5 Mental preparation
Most second or third time moms report the time flying by faster or not having time to really let it set in that they are really pregnant again. I found this to be true too. I was busy with my children. But the videos gave me a bit of a mental space to let it soak in, to think through preparing for this child. I watched some of them while nesting; folding baby clothes and preparing my hospital bag. I found it helpful to get in the zone of having a newborn on the way.
#6 Learning something new
So if you are also expecting another baby, congratulations! Consider the ease and benefits of Just Engage’s Online Antenatal Class as a good “refresher course”.
- Find out more about the Online Class we offer: 6 mini-courses with video lectures, course notes, quizzes, forums and an online shop.
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