If you are working full time it may be as much as you can manage to fit in your many obstetric appointments and attend antenatal classes. However, if you find you have more free time as your birth approaches and you are looking for activities and groups to help you prepare for parenthood, or the birth itself, there are lots of options available. Well Baby Clinic’s Kate Ensor walks City Savvy readers though the world of birth preparation.
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Maternité Grande Duchesse Charlotte
If you are giving birth at the Maternité Grande Duchesse Charlotte you can access a range of Pre-natal classes in English, French or Luxembourgish. Topics covered include: diet in pregnancy; preparation for birth; pre natal yoga; breastfeeding support and pre and post natal fitness. Hypnobirthing and haptonomy, to help parents prepare for a smooth and natural delivery, are also available. Haptonomy, involves helping parents to use touch and feel to form a relationship with their baby in the womb and introducing techniques to help mother and baby work together during labour. For more information on the range of courses on offer for expectant parents a full brochure, in French, is available on-line.
Clinique Privée Docteur Bohler
The Clinique Privée Docteur Bohler offers similar classes to help prepare for birth and parenthood. Although most classes are conducted in French or Luxembourgish, the Bohler Clinic also works with The Well Baby Clinic to provide birth preparation classes in English. You can also download a ‘Preparing for birth’ PDF leaflet in French here which contains some useful information and contact numbers. You can even take a virtual tour of the facilities at the Bohler Clinic. If you are a registered patient you can also complete an online learning package here.
Antenatal Classes and Lactation Advice is also available at Centre Hospitalier Emile Mayrisch in Esch-sur-Alzette and in Ettelbruck at Centre Hospitalier du Nord (CHDN) although courses tend to be delivered in French or Luxembourgish.
Well Baby Clinic of Luxembourg
The Well Baby Clinic of Luxembourg offers a range of services in English to support you through pregnancy, birth and early parenthood. Birth preparation support available includes: Antenatal classes and Birth and Beyond classes. The aim of all classes is to offer new parents information and emotional support to prepare for pregnancy, birth and the early days of caring for a new baby.
Well Baby Clinic also offer a Mums, Bumps and Babies Group which meets every second Wednesday in the morning and welcomes pregnant mums. The group offers you a chance to meet and socialise with other new mums as well as the opportunity to receive advice and support on breastfeeding and other issues related to the reality of becoming a new parent such as coping with crying, managing sleep, antenatal depression and postnatal depression. You can arrange midwife home visits with an English speaking midwife, both during pregnancy and once your baby has arrived. You are entitled to one antenatal and one postnatal visit without prescription.
Once your baby has arrived, a wide range of post-natal activities, to enjoy with your little one, including baby massage; Fit & Fun for Baby and Mum; mum and baby groups and baby first aid are also on offer and provide a great way to meet other new mums whilst enjoying time with your baby.
Antenatal classes and hypnobirthing courses are also provided by Initiativ Liewensufrank in English, French and Luxembourgish. It is also useful to know that they offer a Baby Hotline which you can call on ( +352) 36 05 98, Monday to Friday between 9:00 – 11:30 am or email firstname.lastname@example.org at any time with any questions or concerns you have about pregnancy, giving birth or parenting in the early months. Initiativ Liewensufrank also offer breastfeeding support, counselling, and a lending library of parenting books and DVDs with many titles in English.
Pre Natal Exercise
Pre natal exercise classes are provided by the Maternité Grand Duchesse Charlotte and the Clinique Privée Docteur Bohler. There is usually a charge for these classes and they may not be delivered in English. Prenatal swimming is also available at Centre Hospitalier du Nord and classes are delivered in French or Luxembourgish.
Many communes will also offer some form of pre natal exercise class at the communal pool and gym – these classes are usually led in French or Luxembourgish. Contact your Commune for more information.
Yoga is an excellent exercise during pregnancy and will be tailored to suit your stage of pregnancy as well as your personal health, and fitness. Pregnancy yoga is a great way to help you prepare for labour and learn practical strategies to cope during the birth itself.
Pilates, which focuses on developing core stability, is another form of low impact exercise which can be particularly effective during pregnancy. For suggestions about where to practice Yoga and Pilates, click here.
Building a Network
It can be lonely finding out you are pregnant when you are away from your home country, family and old friends but luckily Luxembourg has a vibrant expat community and having a baby can offer an excellent opportunity to meet a new group of friends.
Expat groups like the British Ladies Club and American Women’s Club organise special groups and activities for English speaking parents of all nationalities and babies and ‘bumps’ are always welcome too. Luxmama Club is an asbl organising regular fun social and learning events for pregnant and new mums. And, for more ideas on fun social events to attend with you family check out our regular City Savvy what’s on for kids feature.
Social networking also offers some options specific to the Grand Duchy. Facebook offers a Luxembourg Mums, Bumps and Babies group and Meetup is a social networking site with a special Luxembourg family meetups section which not only signposts what’s on but provides a valuable forum where Luxembourg parents and parents-to-be can plan and organise their own get togethers.
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