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
- NCT Courses and Covid-19
We are updating course information on our website and contacting course bookers as early as we can before courses begin, explaining whether courses will run in-person or online.
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:
- always make decisions that offer the best experiences available whilst protecting you, our parents, your babies and our NCT course leaders.
- act promptly and transparently, informing you how and why your course will be delivered as early as practically possible.
Course Reference #C009209
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.
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.
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 £325 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 all of your course takes place online due to Covid-19, we promise to give you a 15% discount.
We are updating course information on our website and contacting course bookers as early as we can before courses begin, explaining how your course will run.
Here is our latest safety guidance for all in-person sessions.