NCT Courses and Covid-19

Until the end of February 2021 our courses are online. Currently, due to rising Covid-19 infection rates and official guidance for pregnant women, online is the only way we can safely and practically deliver local, fully interactive and inclusive courses – a decision supported by the Royal College of Midwives.

We know how much you value our in-person courses so we’re keeping our options open for courses from March 2021 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.

To understand more about why we're delivering our courses online please read our course FAQs. Our website also has an up-to-date section on 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.

Interactive, engaging and social, our live online antenatal course is a fun and exciting way to grow your knowledge of birth and early parenthood, and make life-long friends.

We’re so glad we can continue to support you during these uncertain times. As a thank you for choosing us, we’ll be offering a 15% discount across our range of live, online antenatal courses.

In these challenging times, it’s so important that we all feel connected – we’re not going to let social distancing get in the way!

We've moved the magic of our famously social antenatal courses online, so you can experience it all from the comfort of your own home. You'll still be engaging and taking part in the course with local people from Bristol.

  • At least 12 hours of live, interactive sessions on our Signature courses - 10.5 hours antenatally and a 1.5 hour postnatal reunion with your babies.
  • Face-to-face delivery by one of our highly trained course leaders over the video call platform Zoom. 
  • An organised get-together once everyone’s babies have arrived.
  • Extra support sessions with your course leader for questions and group discussions outside of course time.

Our live online course is interactive - see and talk with your course leader and other parents using your mobile phone, tablet or computer.

Small groups with up to eight other local couples, so you can ask more questions and build a close-knit group of NCT friends.

You'll get the same knowledge, expertise and experience as our in-person courses, only delivered online.

Regular online support sessions with your course leader, so you can ask additional questions along the way.

Tailored to your group’s needs, covering everything you need to know about pregnancy, birth and the early days.

Delivered by our local expert course leaders, trained to the highest standard in partnership with the University of Worcester.

We’ve run over 1,000 sessions, supporting 750 parents each week.

"We still have the excellent support network that we signed up for and look forward to keeping in contact with all the other couples we have met through our course. Thank you NCT for making such a stressful time that bit easier, we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend."

- Claire and Rob

What to expect

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Same knowledge, expertise and experience as in-person courses but online

Using video technology, our new online antenatal course gives you face-to-face, interactive time with other parents in your group and your course leader. All you need is a mobile phone, tablet or computer.

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An in-depth approach

We keep things practical, and let you choose topics. You’ll develop loads of handy skills and strategies to make life with your new baby easier. Our warm, supportive course leaders bring years of experience to every session. They’re always happy to listen, help and work through your questions.

Our course sizes are smaller than other antenatal course providers, so you'll be able to ask more questions and be supported by a close-knit group of parents.

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Social interaction with other local parents

Our course may be online, but you’ll still be interacting with people in your area, expecting a baby at a similar time. There will be a group chat set-up so you can chat to the people on your course at any time.

We’re here to help you make connections and lifelong friends in your local community, providing an essential lifeline during pregnancy and beyond.

"I'm so glad we didn't cancel, as having the same uncertainties and worries has actually made our group bond more."

- Vicky, Birmingham

What you'll learn

New born baby

Labour and birth

We’re here to help you understand all your options, so you feel empowered and ready for birth. We cover everything from birthing positions and massage to the different places you can choose to give birth, as well as the latest information about how Coronavirus may impact these choices.

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Caring for your baby

Every new parent wants to give their baby the best possible start in life. We'll help you understand your baby and make informed decisions about looking after them.

New family

Becoming a family

We'll help you develop important skills for adjusting to life with your new baby. You’ll learn to understand changes to you and your partner’s relationship, and talk about your health post-birth. We’ll also tell you where you can go for extra health advice and support. 

"The content of our course was great and we had a really good chance to chat and interact with other mums and dads-to-be. I’m very grateful to have been able to do the course as I was worried it would be cancelled."

- Annabel, Chorlton

Ongoing support

Extra support with your course leader

As well as regular online classes with other parents, you’ll also have regular support sessions with your course leader. You'll be able to ask your course leader additional questions and get extra support at a time when health services are stretched.

Ongoing online support

Enjoy access to our exclusive digital support pack, as well as a weekly pregnancy newsletter filled with tips and information. Our free Infant feeding support line is available to all parents every day until midnight, supporting you when your baby is born, however you decide to feed them. Call us on 0300 330 0700.

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Become an NCT member and join a community of new parents, all experiencing pregnancy, birth and early parenthood together.