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 Antenatal course for babies due in August
- NCT Courses and Covid-19
Covid-19 price promise: If some or all of your course takes place online due to Covid-19, we promise to give you a course price discount related to how much of the course is online.
Courses until the end of June 2021 are online to bring you local, fully interactive and inclusive courses when Covid-19 infection rates are high and official guidance for pregnant women remains in place – a decision supported by the Royal College of Midwives.
"Antenatal classes can be incredibly helpful in preparing for childbirth and parenthood – and for meeting and sharing experiences with other parents-to-be. Online classes, like those offered by NCT, are the safest and most practical option currently and still offer those opportunities, even if the experience is different to getting together in person."
We are taking decisions on whether courses from July 2021 onwards will be delivered online or in-person on a month-by month-basis. We are updating course information on our website and contacting you if have booked a course place explaining why, so you know how your course will run 6-10 weeks before it begins.
How we make decisions about the delivery of NCT courses
As the UK’s largest parenting charity and leader in the field of antenatal education, we make informed decisions with full consideration to the current and any (confirmed) future UK government restrictions and official guidance and the most reliable research findings and data regarding pregnancy and Covid-19.
We also consult closely with our colleagues at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and Royal College of Midwives (RCM).
It’s our charitable mission to support all parents to have the most positive experiences of pregnancy, birth and the early days, so we will:
- act promptly and transparently, informing you how and why your course will be delivered as early as practically possible.
- always make decisions that offer the best experiences available whilst protecting you, our parents, your babies and our NCT course leaders.
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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.
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.
Pricing, payment options and discounts
This NCT Antenatal course costs £175 for up to two people to attend.
Book the best, most comprehensive antenatal course on the market. Fun, local and social, with a full 17 hours of evidence-based information and practical skills to grow your knowledge of birth and early parenting. There’s more time to explore all the topics and questions that matter to you with a supportive, expert course leader, in the optimal group size for forming life-long friendships.
Payment types and options
You can pay for your course by debit or credit card via Worldpay. We currently accept payments from Maestro, Mastercard and Visa.
We offer interest-free instalments so you can pay for your course in up to four monthly card instalments depending on how soon your course begins and how far in advance you book your course.
Income related discounts
We offer course and workshop discounts if your total yearly gross household income is under £30,000 - see our discount policy for more information.
Covid-19 price promise
If some or all of your course moves online due to Covid-19, we promise to give you a discount related to how much of your course takes place online.
If your course is online when you book, the discount is already applied to the price you pay. If your course is in-person and moves online, we will let you know 6-10 weeks before it starts, how much your discount is and how to claim it.