Heather  and Tasha run antenatal classes in Mouille Point; Tasha on Wednesday evenings, Heather on Tuesday evenings . Heather also runs evening classes at Kelvin Grove  in Newlands  on a Thursday. Each course runs  for 6 weeks, from 7 until  9pm and costs  R2400  . There is a 7th class exclusively for the Dads. Classes sizes range from 6 to 16 couples, and it’s a great opportunity to make friends with other couples living close by, and provides a wonderful support network for you once your baby has arrived.  You can see a course outline further down on this page.

Book online!

  1. Use the Thula appointments page to book your class, clicking on ‘book appointment’.  Under Location choose either Thula (choose between Wednesday/Tasha and Tuesday/Heather under Provider) or Rondebosch antenatal class.  Look at the schedule below, and book for the  class you’d like to attend.  The booking looks like an appointment for the starting date at 19h00, but don’t be alarmed,  as this books you for the entire course.  Please supply name, cellphone number and email address as requested.
  2. Once classes are full we will contact you for confirmation and payment.
  3. You can also email me if you have questions, or need to change a booking, Heather at heathjoywood@gmail.com

Looking forward to meeting you!

Atlantic Seaboard Antenatal classes

The Atlantic Seaboard classes are held at Thula which is on Beach Rd, opposite the Lighthouse and behind Cafe Neo.  Parking is available directly outside the clinic. Tasha’s classes are held on Wednesday evenings, Heather’s on Tuesday evenings . Please note that the Dads class is often on a different weekday evening to the other  classes, held at Thula , also from 7 til 9pm. The dates for the dad’s class are tabled below.

Address: South Seas, 129 Beach Rd, Mouille Point

Atlantic Seaboard classes for 2020 are:

  • Tasha Wednesday 8th January til 12th February ( full)
  • Heather Tuesday 21st January til 25th February (full)
  • Christina Thursday 6th February til 12th March
  • Tasha Wednesday 26th February til 1st April
  • Heather Tuesday 31st March til 5th May
  • Tasha Wednesday 15th April til 20th May
  • Tasha Wednesday 3rd June til 8th July
  • Heather Tuesday 21st July til 25th August
  • Tasha Wednesday 22nd July til 26th August
  • Tasha Wednesday 9th September til 14th October
  • Heather Tuesday 6th October til 10th November
  • Tasha Wednesday 28th October til 2nd December

Southern Suburbs (Newlands) Antenatal classes

The Southern Suburbs classes are held by  Heather on Thursday evenings at Kelvin Grove  in Newlands from 7 til 9pm . The  Dad’s class is held at Thula Baby Centre in Mouille Point.

Class dates for Kelvin Grove in 2020 are:

  • Thursday 9th January til 13th Feb ( full)
  • Thursday 5th March til 9th April (full) (Tasha is running this class, not Heather)
  • Thursday 19th March til 23rd April
  • Thursday 7th May til 11th June
  • Thursday 16th July til 20th August
  • Thursday 10th September til 15th October
  •  Thursday 5th November til 10th December

Thula Antenatal Classes in Cape Town – Course Outline

1. Introduction

  • Getting to know one another
  • Discuss expectations/needs/aims of the course
  • Danger signs in pregnancy .
  • Planning for parenting: a look at our values and those of the family we grew up in

2. The Process of a Normal Labour

  • Advantages and disadvantages of vaginal birth and c/section
  • Anatomy and physiology in pregnancy and labour
  • Signs of labour
  • Details and stages of labour and delivery
  • What to pack for labour
  • When to go to hospital

3. Pain Relief

  • What causes the pain/relieves the pain
  • How to cope using natural methods
  • Drugs in labour
  • Epidural
  • Preparing for parenting: comparing ‘success’ at work to ‘success’ as a parent

4. Variations in Labour

  • Contraindications to vaginal delivery
  • Assisted/instrumental delivery, induction
  • C/section
  • Parenting preparation: potential lifestyle changes
  • Baby Basics: what you need/may want

5. Feeding your Baby

  • Advantages/disadvantages of breastfeeding
  • The ‘how to’ of breastfeeding
  • Formula feeding basics

6. Parenting Skills

  • Baby bath
  • Care of your newborn
  • Settling a fussy baby
  • Sexuality, sleep
  • Postnatal depression.

7Fatherhood Session for the Expectant dads
This session is run by Martin van Eeden, dad to baby Sofia. See his Bio below.

Being a father is one of the most exciting and rewarding challenges with which we can be blessed in life. How ready are you for this new role, which invariably entails a shift in the relationship with your partner and draws from your own experiences of being fathered?

In this session we will explore:

  • what changes you need to prepare yourself for in your relationship with your partner (big changes can and do happen!)
  • your relationship with your own father (and other male mentors) and what you have learnt from them and can use in your own fathering.

The session will provide a safe space where expectant fathers can openly explore and share ideas and experiences and provide support for one another.

Martin van Eeden

Aurelia’s Husband / Sofia’s Father / Associate Life Coach / Management Consultant / CrossFitter / Coffee Enthusiast / Wine Drinker / Wannabe Chef

Whenever I have had to think about what I want to do with my life, the same answer in some form always comes up. I want to help people realise their potential and then help them live up to it. That is what I get to do every day.

Now that I am a new dad, I find that I have a new passion for sharing what we as new parents experienced during and after our pregnancy, especially with other dads. I aim to create support groups where new dads can have the opportunity to hear solutions and ideas that may not have occurred to them individually and to problem solve through connection and shared resources.

I am looking forward to take this journey with all of you!