The branch offers antenatal classes in the last 3 months of pregnancy for expectant parents, held either at the teacher’s home or at another meeting place. Couples, women by themselves, or women and their chosen birth partners can attend. The classes are an opportunity to learn about the ways, relaxation, massage and different positions can help the woman and her birth partner during labour. Understanding what happens in childbirth can help reduce tension and anxiety, giving both partners the opportunity to look forward to the birth with confidence.
Classes run in several formats, from eight weekly sessions to intensive weekends. Your due-date will determine what options are available to you. The classes are run in small friendly groups for parents expecting babies at about the same time, and as well as being informative, are a great opportunity to meet other parents-to-be.
Our antenatal teachers and breastfeeding counsellors undergo a thorough training with the NCT although they are not required to be medically qualified. All teachers and counsellors are expected to keep up to date with the latest developments in maternity care. Their role is to offer support, information, practical skills and resources to help parents make informed choices for themselves and their babies. They do not offer medical advice and parents are asked to take any questions about the medical care of mother and baby to their midwife, health visitor or doctor.
Please contact us when you are twelve weeks pregnant, or soon after, as classes do tend to book up quickly. However, we will of course try to accommodate late bookers wherever possible. There is a cost for the classes, this varies depending on how many hours the course runs over and when those hours are please refer to the course price page for details. Prices can be reduced for those on family incomes of less than £25,000. You do not have to be a member of the NCT to attend one of our courses, though by becoming a member you will help the NCT carry on its work and assist in the training of new teachers.
We also run refresher courses in Cardiff for subsequent births on a regular basis, these are normally two monthly and comprise of one full or two half day sessions see course prices for detail of cost.
NCT PREGNANCY YOGA – RELAX, STRETCH & BREATHE:
We also offer Relax stretch and breathe classes covering breathing, relaxation, gentle stretches and yoga based postures for pregnancy and birth. These are held in the Bethel Baptist Church, Pontyclun and in the John Lewis Store in Cardiff. The course is open to all women expecting a new baby and is suitable throughout your pregnancy.
If you'd like to attend an RSB course, please contact Jenny on 01443 223031 or email RSB quoteing RSB in which venue and the dates you wish to attend. If there is no space available on this course, a suitable alternative will be offered. You should expect a response within 7 days
To register for a course, fill in an interest form from a course below or e-mail booking enquiries including your address, phone number and due-date. Our administrator works part time so you may not receive a reply immediately to your enquiry. The account will be monitored periodically for urgent enquiries.