Our antenatal teachers hold courses in the evening or at weekends so your partner or a friend can come along with you. The groups are small, offering you the chance to become informed about all aspects of pregnancy, birth and life with a new baby. They also give you a chance to make friends.
The course gives parents an opportunity to learn about what happens to a woman's body during labour and birth, explore relaxation methods, breathing techniques, massage and different birth positions. It also covers common obstetric procedures, information on drugs offered during labour and a discussion of different ways of feeding your baby. Courses can be paid in installments if you would prefer. We also have a concessions policy.
Our antenatal teachers, breastfeeding counsellors and postnatal discussion leaders undergo a thorough training with the NCT although they are not required to be medically qualified. All teachers, counsellors and leaders are expected to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in maternity care and must register with us every year.
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.
Antenatal classes are organised on demand and availability of teachers and venues. Places fill fast and classes are often oversubscribed. Please see below for dates of upcoming classes. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0844 243 6876 for details and availability as soon as possible after your 12 week scan.