With a relaxed and friendly style, an NCT 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 Antenatal course for babies due in September to late-October
- 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 April 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 May 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.
Course Reference #C001407
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
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.
Pay by instalments
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.
We offer generous discounts to those in receipt of certain means-tested benefits or whose household income is less than £28,190 pa.
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. The amount offered will depend on how much of your course is in-person and/or online.
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.
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.