Baby ROCKS is our parent craft workshop to guide parents gently along the path to parenthood… Baby ROCKS sessions arm parents with knowledge and improve the well-being of both parents following the birth of their gorgeous new baby. Our Baby ROCKS workshops will provide information to empower parents and allow them to take joy in providing for their own and their baby’s needs at this special time.
Baby ROCKS will help to build your confidence as a parent and to help you make informed choices for you and your baby. You will meet new parents, building new friendships and allowing the transition to parenthood to be as stressfree as possible.
Our Baby ROCKS workshops are taught in either 1 x 4 hour or 2 x 2 hour sessions by Certified Baby ROCKS Mentors. Baby ROCKS was written by our RGNM (Registered Nurse midwife) and Birth ROCKS Mentor Nicola Bradley and is accredited by IAPP and the IPTI.
How are the sessions structured?
Baby ROCKS workshops tend to be offered in a morning workshop or 2 x 2 hours workshops on consecutive weekends. Depending on wither you wish to carry out your sessions as part of a group or as a couple, your mentor will be able to advise on what will work best for you. Your Baby ROCKS Mentor will chat with you beforehand and discuss exactly what you and your partner hope to get from the sessions, your current experience of newborns and what your hope’s and fears of parenting are.
What you can expect to learn from our Baby ROCKS sessions…
What happens in the hospital immediately post birth? We look at aspects such as thermoregulation (eek what’s that??), skin-to-skin, vitamin K and Newborn appearance.
What does a baby need to thrive? What should new parents expect from their baby and what a baby needs from their parents?
Learning the basic communication skills and understanding minor upsets of newborns.
The practical stuff. Breastfeeding and formula feeding, how to prepare bottles, baby bathing, top and tailing, nappy changing, going out, activities with baby, what partner can do to help and much much more.
Beating the ‘baby blues’ and postnatal depression.
How your partner can get involved and what they can do to help with baby.
Talking about what you may experience as a post natal mum and how you will physically be post-natally and what to expect, as well as adjusting to family life with a newborn baby.
What parents’ have said about Baby ROCKS…
“Thank you so much for developing and running the Baby ROCKS course. With so many antenatal courses focused on pregnancy, labour and birth, we were looking for a course that looked at what to do once the cord was cut and Baby ROCKS covered it brilliantly. Your wealth of experience as a mother and mid-wife shone through and the relaxed atmosphere and ability to ask questions was also great.” Nicola, April 2014