With a relaxed and friendly style, an NCT Signature antenatal course is as individual as you are. You can be confident that every course is tailored to the needs of the group taking part.
NCT Signature antenatal course in Durham Branch for babies due in January to early-March - 7C/C1498
- NCT Courses and Covid-19
Until the end of October 2020 our courses are online, not in person, due to the UK’s social distancing measures, particularly the inclusion of pregnant women in a ‘vulnerable group’ advised to avoid social contact.
We know how much you value our in-person courses so we’re keeping our options open for courses from November 2020 onwards. Currently you can still book these as in-person classes but we’ll only bring people back together in venues once it is safe to do so. We’ll never put you, your baby or your family at risk. Read our course FAQs and Covid-19 pregnancy and birth information.
Our Covid-19 Price Promise: If you book a course that is already being delivered online you’ll receive a 15% discount at the time of booking. If you book a course that is currently offered as in-person, we’ll give you back 15% of your course fee if we need to move it online to ensure your safety.
The course is for you and your partner or birth partner. But you are very welcome to come alone, or with a friend or relative.
We’re anticipating that this course will be in-person. Should the social distancing measures be extended, however, it will still go ahead as a live and interactive online course, over the video call platform Zoom
Based on the latest, evidence-based research, expect this course to be practical, hands-on and friendly. You will focus on all aspects of labour and birth, including the right choices for you, plus your emotional wellbeing.
This course will also give you confidence for the crucial early days and weeks of parenthood. Practical baby care includes nappy changing, washing, swaddling, crying and safe sleeping.
This course has a breastfeeding session. Much of your breastfeeding session will focus on understanding what your baby needs and does, so even if you are undecided about how you will feed your baby you will still benefit from this segment of your course. Partners are welcome because their support can make a big difference to how well feeding goes.
Everyone else on your course will have due dates around the same time. So you will have a local, 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 will 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
It can be hard to make friends in a big group. So, with up to 9 couples, our courses are designed to give everyone the time to get to know each other. There’s even a reunion session for you after the baby is 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.
Evidence based support
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 its location 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.
Make an enquiry
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.