Our antenatal courses are now being delivered online, so you can benefit from our 60 years’ experience from the comfort of your own home!
NCT Signature antenatal course in Westminster Branch for babies due in late-August to late-September - 5U/C1391
- NCT Courses and Covid-19 update
May to July 2020 NCT courses and workshops are being delivered online, not in person, due to the UK’s social distancing measures.
The safety of parents, babies and NCT course leaders is paramount when deciding whether our courses are online or in person. Decisions on how current and future NCT courses are delivered are made in line with government policy and guidance from the NHS, the Royal College of Midwives and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
Read our NCT Covid-19 FAQs for latest information and guidance on pregnancy and coronavirus from the most accurate and trusted sources.
For parents in and around
The course is for you and your birth partner - whether that's your partner, friend or relative. You're also welcome to join on your own.
We’ve distilled all the magic of our traditional courses into a live, online antenatal course. You can expect this course to be practical, hands-on and friendly.
You’ll focus on all aspects of labour, birth, and early parenthood, helping you navigate the wealth of information out there and make the right choices for you. Our content caters to both your emotional wellbeing, and the practical side of things, from nappy changing, washing, swaddling, crying and safe sleeping.
This course also includes a breastfeeding session. Much of your breastfeeding session will focus on understanding what your baby needs and how they communicate, so even if you’re undecided about how you’ll feed your baby, you’ll still benefit. Partners are especially welcome to this section, as their support can make a big difference to how well feeding goes.
We completely understand that these are uncertain times, and you may well have lots of questions and concerns. We’re here to support you, now more than ever, so we’re including a minimum of four extra hours of support time with your course leader. Highly-trained and up to date with the latest information, your course leader will be able to support you at a time when other health services are stretched.
The courses will be just as social and fun as ever, with all the content you’d find on one of our in-person courses, tailored to your group. They will still be face-to-face, but rather than being in-person, they’ll take place in the comfort of your own home over Zoom.
We’ll be using group activities and facilitating fun discussions. You’ll get to know the other parents on your course and make friends for life. We’ll also set you all up with a WhatsApp or a Facebook group, so you can chat together and set up future play dates.
Everyone else on your course will live locally to you, and have due dates around the same time. So you’ll have a ready-made network when it matters most, and friends for many years to come.
What you'll learn
This course has the advantage of being personalised to the needs of the group. This means that the content can vary slightly, so this is a guide to the wide-range of topics you’ll cover:
Labour and birth
- Final stages of pregnancy
- Early signs of labour and coping at home
- Calling the midwife/going to the maternity unit
- Birth options and medical procedures
- Coping with labour: breathing and pain relief options
- Birth partner’s role
Becoming a parent
- Communicating with your baby
- Parenting styles
- Your emotional health
- Supporting your relationship
- Friends and families
Caring for your baby
- Crying, calming and soothing
- Safe sleeping
- Feeding options
- Feeding techniques
- Feeding patterns
- When to get outside advice
Making networks of local parents is at the heart of what we do, so we’ll be ensuring our online courses are as social and friendly as ever. We have smaller group sizes than our competitors. So, with up to nine couples, our courses are designed to give everyone the time to get to know each other.
Our course leaders will get you working in pairs, and chatting together as a group, so you’ll get to know the other parents on your course and make friends for life. We’ll also set you all up with a WhatsApp and Facebook group, so you can chat together and set up future play dates. And as ever, we’ll be organising a reunion session for you all, after your babies are born.
Expert course leaders
Our experts lead the way in birth support and parenting information. All of them are highly-qualified and are trained by NCT, in a partnership with the University of Worcester.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the mountain of advice for parents. We won’t tell you what to do, but we will tell you what your options are, and what the evidence is. Then you can decide what to trust.
Pricing & offers
We know there's a lot to buy before you have your baby, so you can choose to pay for your course in instalments as long as final payment is made 30 days before the course starts.
The cost of the course is based on where the course leader is based and the number of hours it runs for. Make an enquiry and we'll get back to you with more information about this course and its pricing.
We’re offering a 15% discount across all of our online antenatal courses. We also offer generous discounts to those in receipt of certain means-tested benefits or whose household income is less than £28,190 pa.
Become an NCT member and start saving now. We have all sorts of amazing brands on board including maternity clothing and baby brand Jojo Maman Bebe, or you could treat yourself to a discount on Foyle’s books, delivered to your door. You’ll receive information about local events and join a community of new parents all experiencing pregnancy, birth and early parenthood together.
To find out more information or to request a booking on this course, please fill out this enquiry form. You should expect a response within 2 working days.
Completing the form will not commit you to booking a place or making any payment. A provisional reservation will be made for you on the course, which will be valid for up to 10 days.