Six weekly meetings are held in Greek and English for mums and dads that aim at updating, empowering, physically and mentally preparing the couple for pregnancy, birth and parenting. It is recommended that the couple joins the group after the Level II ultrasound at 20-24 weeks of gestation, without this meaning that a couple cannot join at a later date.
Each meeting consists of theory and practice. In the theoretical part we talk about the female body and the changes it undergoes during pregnancy and birth, early signs of labor and delivery methods, the stages and its outcome, pain management, breastfeeding, the postpartum period and caring for the newborn and mother.
In the practical part we learn relaxation and breathing techniques that are used in pregnancy and during labor, we learn how to prepare the perineal and pelvis for birth, the breasts for breastfeeding and our meetings finish with caring for the newborn in the form of a life-sized doll.
The group functions interactively since all queries are discussed, concerns and fears are expressed, different experiences and emotions are shared and at the end of each meeting the group’s members leave feeling that pregnancy, birth, the postpartum period and breastfeeding are natural processes that everyone experiences differently and every effort is made for the best possible experience.
If couples desire, they may take a tour of the rooms of the maternity hospital that they have chosen for the birth.