A Second Time Mum Reviews The Doctor and Daughter Antenatal Classes

One of our recent clients and her husband have sent us a great review of our course.

Thank you Margret and Nick!

I wanted to take an opportunity to write a review to say how great I found the Doctor and Daughter course.  This is my second pregnancy and the Doctor and daughter team weren’t around at the time I was having my first. I was very impressed with their website and the level of detail it provided I was very keen to take this course, and I was not disappointed.

To give a quick summary, the course was spread out over 6 sessions (7 including a first aid course), most sessions lasted at least 2 hours, with 3 hours set aside for a breastfeeding session and a separate 3 hour optional first aid course. Each course had a detailed agenda and covered more than I’d ever managed to read in any birth prep book (who can find the time to read any books with a 2 year old toddler?!), the course also taught me things I didn’t even know after my first birth.

The course was ran Rebecca Maberly and her father Roger Marwood. Roger was a leading obstetrician at Chelsea and Westminster, with over 40 years experience, and only recently retired. This meant we had an expert medical opinion on hand for any questions. And we had lots of questions. Even outside of the extremely thorough course agenda, we were encouraged to ask questions at any time and if they were personal we could wait until after class. Knowing that you’re receiving advice from an expert in the field was very reassuring.

Obstetrician Roger Marwood and his daughter Rebecca Maberly

Obstetrician Roger Marwood and his daughter Rebecca Maberly

Roger and Rebecca are a great team to take this type of course, Roger being a doctor and a father, and Rebecca a mother of 2 herself.  They have a great rapport and it makes the sessions very enjoyable, interactive and beneficial. I found every session extremely informative and no questions went unanswered.  They really are a wealth of knowledge in pregnancy, labour, postnatal care and everything baby related. 

The first session covered a lot of basics and was mainly an introductory session. Being a second time mum I did know a lot of the information covered in this section, but equally I learned a lot too. I had recently been suffering from very sharp pelvic pains, I thought this was because I was lifting my 2 year old too much, but I soon learned that this was most likely SPD, and I was so relieved to know that what I was experiencing had a name! and was not uncommon. This alleviated my fears. There is a medical expert element to the course which I don’t think could be found with any other type of course, this is very unique to doctor and daughter due to the caliber of doctor taking the course.

 The subsequent courses covered all the stages of labour and knowing when to go to hospital; we discussed all pain relief options; postnatal care; a great session on breastfeeding support from Sharon George; and what to expect with a new born baby. I can’t think of any topic that wasn’t covered in the 6 sessions. We were all given notes to supplement the information every week and a file to keep it in. I now have the file safely tucked in to my hospital bag as it’s a wealth of information and I’m sure I’ll be needing it.

What I particularly liked was Roger and Rebecca’s frank and honest approach to pregnancy and labour, they didn’t try to sugarcoat anything but told it just as it is from their knowledge and experience. This was very refreshing, and it was also very nice to be fully informed (and reminded) about what lay ahead and the facts on all pain relief options. They were also great at addressing worst case scenarios, which no soon to be mum wants to think about, but it’s much better to be informed and aware of what could potentially go wrong in my opinion and I’m grateful to them for not skirting around the issues and addressing everything head on.

We also met our wonderful doula, Lucy, through the course. Lucy came to talk at one of the sessions about hypnobirthing, and I found out she also offered reflexology and worked as a doula so we now have Lucy and her partner Kayla on board for our labour and it’s a great weight of our mind having this as well.

Our brilliant Goody Bag!!

Our brilliant Goody Bag!!

There was a lot of lovely little touches that Rebecca and Roger put in to the courses, including popcorn, biscuits and jellies, and my husband’s favorite: a different locally brewed beer for the dads each week and a very generous goody bag full of samples and discounts.  We also liked that there was no role-playing in the sessions, as this would make us both uncomfortable.

Beer and Popcorn!

Beer and Popcorn!

If you’re looking for a detailed, clinical, fact led, knowledge-based course then you should definitely take the Doctor and Daughter course. On top of feeling extremely prepared for labour and a new baby after the course, you will also come away having met a lovely group of new mums and dads, and a fabulous goody bag!  We had a very nice group and I’m looking forward to lots of meet ups with them in the future. Despite the fact that I was the only second time mum in the course, this didn’t matter as Roger and Rebecca tailored all information to apply to both first and second time mums and to be honest I really can’t remember a lot of the first weeks after our son was born so it’s great to have a refresher!

I only found out at the last session that the Doctor and Daughter courses are quite new and thought I would take this time to write a review before baby number 2 came to share my positive experience of the course, I think it’s a great to have more course options locally, and that Wandsworth mums and dads should have an option of courses to attend based on what they’re looking for out of an antenatal course.

My husband and I feel much more educated after taking this course.

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