PRISM course - Online Antenatal and Postnatal Education

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Online (link sent prior to event) Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital

Du Cane Road


W12 0HS

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An interactive webinar with the staff at Imperial to provide antenatal education and support for your pregnancy and delivery

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PRISM. Postnatal Recovery Inspiration and Support for Motherhood. This is a course to prepare mother’s and their partners for the birth of your baby with a focus on support, recovery and growth as a new parent. It is delivered by the team at Imperial Maternity who include midwives, physiotherapists and doctors. Prism reflects the different perspectives that women, men, their families and their caregivers may have,  which come together to support the journey as a new parent. It is only for women delivering at Imperial Maternity Hospitals. Attendance is recommended from 28 weeks. The webinar is delivered with Microsoft teams. There is an opportunity for Q&A with each event

It is run in 5 sessions over 5 weeks from 1000 to 1230 every week

A link will be emailed for the webinar before the event . You must use the same kink every week

If you are not booked at imperial we reserve the right to cancel your ticket  

Week 1

The Antenatal Pathway and COVID-19

Discussion on the antenatal pathway, Options for birth settings 

Tips for pregnancy and keeping healthy  

Common complaints in pregnancy

Positive affirmations and relaxation

Week 2

The Real Truth about Labour – The pelvic anatomy, types of delivery, length of labour, tips (mobilisation, nutrition), tears and perineal preparation.

Different stages of labour 

The placenta 

Pain relief options - epidural, entonox , water birth, injections, mental tips  

Week 3

Post Dates - natural strategies

What To expect :Induction Of labour; reasons, process of induction,  process involved in  booking IOLs & Attending.

Caesarean births and instrumental delivery

Alternative pathways  - intervention on the labour ward to support your labour

Emergencies in labour 

Week 4 

Neonatal team - My new Baby – The first few hours and days – what to expect – skin to skin, jaundice, blood sugars, feeding 

What to expect on the Postnatal Ward – The rooms, staff who attend, partners, support available, pain relief, bottle feeding, breastfeeding, baby checks, pain relief, sleeping advice, Contraception

Physical Recovery – Perineum recovery and wound care, haemorrhoids, bleeding, pelvic floor exercises, movement, abdominal care, nutrition, exercise (pilates, yoga)

Mental challenges and recovery Baby blues 

Week 5

Understanding your Baby – Bonding with your baby myths and fact, Phases of crying, the first few weeks, sleeping, Recognising the unwell baby

Strategies for Mental Wellbeing – Sleep deprivation, thought patterns, anxiety and depression, relaxation techniques, music therapy, exercise, the outdoors,  Support networks

Managing Your relationship – communication styles , support, thinking traps, making time for each other, dealing with emotions, feeling safe, Parenting skills

Baby development - support from health vistors, vaccinations, where to seek help, interacting with your baby

This is a free course but donations to our charity are most welcome.

Please input your imperial hospital number (mrn ) in the booking details so we can verify your information Please quote prism course when you donate. 

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Online (link sent prior to event) Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital

Du Cane Road


W12 0HS

United Kingdom

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Organiser Karen Joash and Susan Barry

Organiser of PRISM course - Online Antenatal and Postnatal Education

Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with a lead in Postnatal Care and Perinatal Mental Health 

Consultant Midwife at Imperial NHS Healthcare Trust

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