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. Luxmama’s Emmy McNeice walks City Savvy readers though the world of birth preparation.
Preparing for baby in Luxembourg – workshops and classes
Preparing to become a parent for the first time (and even second and third !) can seem like a daunting prospect – but you’re never alone. There are many classes, activities and groups to help you prepare for birth and beyond, mingle and share with other expecting and new parents and enter parenthood feeling confident and supported. Emmy McNiece from the Luxmama Club & ParentPrep asblguides City Savvy readers through the world of birth preparation in Luxembourg.
Prenatal and Postnatal Education Options
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 in the Maternité; prenatal yoga; breastfeeding support and pre and post natal fitness. Hypnobirthing and haptonomy, 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 online.
Clinique Privée Docteur Bohler
The Clinique Privée Docteur Bohler offers similar classes to help prepare for birth at the Clinique Bohler and parenthood. Similarly, classes are conducted in English, French or Luxembourgish. 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.
The Luxmama Club is a non-profit organisation which hosts a huge range of evidence based ParentPrep activities, designed to arm parents-to-be in English with knowledge and confidence for an empowered birth experience and transition into parenthood. From “shopping for baby”, preparing for birth to “newborn sleep 101”, even introducing solid foods to babies the holistic way, discussion groups including documentary film screenings and Positive Birth Movement gatherings, parents can feel truly supported and prepared for the whirlwind world of babies and parenting.
With a wide selection of various social events you and your bump/baby can attend. Luxmama Club is helping parents build their own village around themselves to successfully raise their children.
Hypnobirthing courses and Antenatal classes (on demand) are also provided by Initiativ Liewensufank 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 9:00am – 11:30am 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 Liewensufank also offer breastfeeding support, counselling, and a lending library of parenting books and DVDs with many titles in English.
Sages Femmes Liberales
There is a large number of independent midwives who can come to your house for support and education before and after giving birth. Many also specialise in other perinatal activities such as acupuncture, babywearing, cloth diapering and baby massage.
Passage Parents is an English-speaking support for Parents in Luxembourg, providing a monthly support group and a 6 week “Time Out for Parents” course which aims to encourage and build confidence in your parenting skills. Read more about the Time Out for Parents course here.
Pre Natal Exercise
Choosing the best prenatal fitness option for you is an important part of preparing body and mind for birth.
Prenatal exercise classes are provided by the Clinique Privée Docteur Bohler. There is usually a charge for these classes and they may not be delivered in English.
Many communes will also offer some form of prenatal 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 prenatal Yoga and Pilates, click here.
Build Your Village
It is often said that it takes a village to raise a child, however many of us are far from family and old friends from our home country and find ourselves facing parenting alone. Luckily Luxembourg has a vibrant expat community and having a baby can actually offer an excellent opportunity to meet a new group of friends.
Social networking offers some options specific to the Grand Duchy. Facebook offers a Luxembourg Bumps and Babies group, Luxmama has their own community that regularly meet and of course, Luxembourg Parents to name but a few. If you’re eager to join in or arrange informal meetups with others sharing the same journey, the Luxmama Meetup group makes that possible.
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. And, for more ideas on fun social events to attend with you family check out our weekly City Savvy what’s on for families feature, What’s on for Kids website and a comprehensive guide from Passage Parents for activities for the whole family and by age group – you’ll never be stuck for ideas for what to do once your bump arrives earthside.
For more information on Pregnancy and Baby see here.