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."

- Royal College of Midwives 

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. 
NCT Antenatal course
is rated by parents
4.6 /5
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(Based on 3,516 parent reviews)

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 class

Schedule

This course consists of 6 session(s) totalling 15 hour(s). Additionally there will be a reunion for all course participants with their new baby after the births, your course leader will agree a date and time with you for this.
1
Tue 12 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm
2
Sat 16 Oct
9:30am - 1:30pm
3
Mon 18 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm
4
Thu 21 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm
5
Thu 28 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Course Reference #C002163

Venue

YMCA READING
34 Parkside Road
Reading
RG30 2DD
Don't miss out - secure your place today

Book your place

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

Course outline

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.

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

Frequently asked questions

Getting social

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.

Frequently asked questions

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

Pricing

This NCT Antenatal course costs £260 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.

To request a discount or if you have any questions, contact your course organiser Helen directly - email bookings5s@nct.org.uk or phone 020 8752 9131 before you book.

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.

Don't miss out - secure your place today

Don't miss out - secure your place today

Book your place

NCT Antenatal course
is rated by parents
4.6 /5
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(Based on 3,516 parent reviews)

Schedule

This course consists of 6 session(s) totalling 15 hour(s). Additionally there will be a reunion for all course participants with their new baby after the births, your course leader will agree a date and time with you for this.
1
Tue 12 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm
2
Sat 16 Oct
9:30am - 1:30pm
3
Mon 18 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm
4
Thu 21 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm
5
Thu 28 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Course Reference #C002163

Venue

YMCA READING
34 Parkside Road
Reading
RG30 2DD