Would you like to come to one of our antenatal classes?

The Maternity Unit here at Barnsley Hospital in partnership with other agencies, either hospital or community based hold a variety of preparation for birth sessions. These are available at various times and in various locations to give you a choice and to try to accommodate individual needs.

It doesn’t have to be your first baby to attend any of the sessions; everyone is welcome, including dads/birth partners.

Having a Baby Programme

Please note: This programme is delivered by midwives in partnership with other agencies who work in the Barnsley area. As most of the information is specific to the services offered in Barnsley it is not be suitable for women who do not live in Barnsley. 

Our programme includes

  • Baby’s development throughout pregnancy
  • Keeping both you and your baby healthy in pregnancy
  • What makes a good parent?
  • Active Birth
  • Top tips for labour
  • Coping skills for labour
  • Practical tips for life with a new baby including bathing, nappy changing, handling your baby
  • Infant feeding
  • Baby’s brain development
  • Safe sleeping
  • Tips for coping with a crying baby and what to expect in the early weeks

The sessions are suitable for any mum or partner-to-be and are run in community bases (children’s centres and local schools) by Midwives, Health Visitors, Children Centre staff and the Infant Feeding Service.

The programme is five 2 hour sessions. Sessions 1 and 2 start in early pregnancy and sessions 3, 4 and 5 take place in late pregnancy. The information discussed in each session is appropriate for that stage of pregnancy. Sessions are held at various times including in the evening and at weekends.

To book a place, email the details below to CYPFHavingaBabyTeam@barnsley.gcsx.gov.uk or phone the Jump Children Centre and ask to speak to the ‘Having a Baby’ team on 01226

We need to know:

  • Your name
  • Your date of birth
  • Your telephone number
  • Your email address (If you use this)
  • Your address and postcode
  • The date your baby is due

Once this information is received we will send you an invitation to the ‘Having a Baby’ programme in your area, either by return email (if used) or by post. If you have not had a reply within 2 weeks, please contact us.

Early booking essential to ensure your place at sessions 1 and 2.

Active birth and top tips for labour

These sessions are provided for women and their birthing partners planning to give birth either in the Birthing Centre at Barnsley or at home.

Most women find these sessions useful from approximately 32 weeks pregnant

Here are some of the topics we cover in this session:

  • What is active birth?
  • Preparation and top tips for labour and birth
  • Choosing a water birth
  • What is a birth plan and how do I make one?
  • Breathing and relaxation techniques
  • How to care for your body

A tour of the Maternity Unit is also included. The Birthing Centre is a very busy area and occasionally it may not be possible for you to view.

Venue: Physiotherapy Department, Ground floor (next to Accident and Emergency Entrance) Red Zone. Entrance C5 (see map below) Barnsley Hospital. Please wait in the waiting room.

Day and Time: Every Monday (excluding Bank Holidays) 5-7pm

Booking: Due to high demand and limited availability you will need to book on these sessions. Please call the Birthing Centre on 01226 432249 from 8am on the Monday you intend to attend to check availability and to reserve a place.

Tour of Maternity Unit

Take a virtual tour of our maternity unit

Our virtual tour is currently been updated as we have a brand new reception area on the ground floor and the antenatal clinic, and the antenatal day unit has relocated.

On entering the Women’s Services from outside please book in at the new reception area, antenatal clinic is now on the right as you enter and antenatal day unit is now on the left.

If the virtual tour is not for you and you would like to attend the Maternity Unit in person to familiarize yourself with the surroundings please see below.

Please be aware this is a tour only. For active birth information and discussion please join us either on the Having a Baby programme or at an active birth session.

We have tours every Monday (excluding Bank Holidays) from 7-730pm at Barnsley Hospital Birthing Centre, Women’s and Children’s Department, First floor. Please wait for the session to start on the first floor landing.

Due to high demand and limited availability you will need to book on these sessions. Please call the Birthing Centre on: 01226 432249 from 8am on the Monday you intend to attend to check availability and to reserve a place.

The Birthing Centre is a very busy area and occasionally it may not be possible for you to view.

Multiple Birth

Are you having twins or triplets? Would you like to meet other parents having more than one baby? Would you like to talk to a midwife specialising in multiple births?We have a class designed to meet your needs. Each session Includes: Labour/Birth, Pre-term Birth and special care, Caesarean Birth, Feeding and top tips for Baby Care, Meet a representative from TAMBA (Twins and Multiple Birth Association). Next sessions are Saturday 21 April 2018 and Saturday 20 October 2018

Fill in an application form available from your midwife or Ante Natal Clinic. Or contact Anne Smith, Public Health Specialist Midwife (Telephone: 01226 432193)

Infant Feeding Service

This is an opportunity for all families who are having babies to have a conversation about feeding choices

Dearne Community Children’s Centre
Billingley View, Bolton-on-Dearne, S63 8ES
1st Tuesday of the month
9.30 – 10.30

Jump Children’s Centre
Church Street, Jump, S74 0HZ
2nd Wednesday of the month
9.30 – 10.30

Grimethorpe Family Centre
Milefield Primary School, Milefield Lane, Grimethorpe, S72 7HB
1st Wednesday of the month
9.30 – 10.30

Monk Bretton Children’s Centre
Burton Road, Barnsley, S71 2AA
3rd Monday of the month

Penistone Children’s Centre
Church Street, Penistone, S36 6AR
1st Friday of the month
9.30 – 10.30

You are more than welcome to attend any of these sessions.

If you would like more information or to confirm a place please call Barnsley Council’s Infant Feeding Team on 01226 775700, however you can just come along.

Please bring your handheld antenatal notes with you.

Post-natal core stability class

The Women’s Health Physiotherapy Team are starting a new Core Stability class in September 2016 for post-natal ladies.The class will run in blocks of 6 sessions and will be a combination of Modified Pilates and core work designed to help recovery after pregnancy, especially in those who have had Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction/Pelvic Girdle Pain/Diastasis Recti.

If you feel may benefit, please speak to your midwife and ask them to refer you to the Women’s Health Physiotherapy team.

If you find it difficult to attend any of these sessions, please read the information on NHS Choices about Making a birth plan.