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Letterkenny Maternity Unit Antenatal Information

Pregnancy, birth and motherhood are enormous changes in the life of a woman and her family. Antenatal care monitors your health during pregnancy, as well as the health and development of your baby. Antenatal education classes aim to help prepare the parents-to-be for pregnancy, labour and the transition to parenthood.

Antenatal Classes

This is a series of informal classes about pregnancy, labour, postnatal care of mother and baby and preparation for parenthood.

The course sessions are led by the Antenatal Education Co-ordinator and Physiotherapist. The sessions are informal get togethers, ideal for answering any questions that you or your partner may want to ask.

Booking Classes – please book by twenty weeks to secure a place

Classes in Letterkenny are booked by

  • Midwife at Antenatal Booking Clinic (First hospital visit)
  • Contacting Maternity Department
  • Contacting Antenatal Education Co-ordinator

Classes outside of Letterkenny, in community areas are booked by

  • Contacting the local Public Health Nurse
  • In your local Health Centre

For first time parents a full course consists of six classes run over a three week period. This includes 5 daytime classes and one evening birth companions class. In Letterkenny, daytime classes run on Monday/Thursday 10.00am – 12 Midday The evening class runs 7.00pm – 9.00pm

For returning parents there is a Refresher Class which, in Letterkenny, runs once a month on Monday 2.00pm – 4.00pm.


Other information

  • Classes are intended to start between 30-32 weeks of pregnancy
  • Teenage antenatal classes are also available
  • Individual attention is available for women with additional needs, by referring to Antenatal Education Co-ordinator.

Topics covered

  • Health in pregnancy
  • Exercises for pregnancy and labour
  • What happens in labour and birth
  • Breathing/positions
  • Relaxation
  • Pain relief options
  • Tour of Maternity Unit
  • Caring for your baby at home
  • Breastfeeding
  • Your own health after the birth
  • Continence awareness
  • Emotions surrounding pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period
  • Adjusting to parenthood
  • Role of partner