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
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Fun, local and social - NCT antenatal courses deliver you a famously interactive and informative experience to grow your knowledge, your confidence and your support network.

We are the biggest antenatal course provider empowering 90,000 parents each year, and we’re a charity. In these uncertain times, trust our 60 years’ of experience to deliver you the gold-standard in antenatal classes. Know that your money goes to support more parents to have the best possible experience of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood.

Why choose our antenatal course

NCT experts here for you

We lead the field in parenting education. Every NCT antenatal course leader is trained to the highest standard in partnership with the University of Worcester, licensed and professionally developed to guarantee a gold-standard antenatal course packed with the very latest trusted information, practical skills and in-depth local knowledge.

An NCT friendly, caring course leader

Pregnant couples

Online or in-person you'll make friends for life

We’ll bring you together with other local parents expecting babies at the same time to make vital connections and life-long friends in your community. Our antenatal classes contain plenty of built-in bonding time - you’ll work in different pairs and small groups, practicing new skills to get conversation flowing and connections sparking. Growing together as friends and parents, supporting each other on Messenger and WhatsApp when you need it most, you’ll make your friends for life.

Innovators not imitators

Our 750 expert course leaders are supremely skilled in accessing the latest trusted information, adapting how courses are delivered and tailoring individual support to your local circumstances, as changes happen. With courses online 24 hours after social distancing began, we’ve supported over 50,000 parents-to-be with our antenatal courses since the pandemic began. You can confidently choose NCT to equip you with everything you need to know about pregnancy, birth and the early days as the Covid-19 pandemic continues. 

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New parents and a pregnant woman

Smaller groups, greater experiences

Our course groups are purposely smaller than our competitors; we allow an absolute maximum of nine couples . This enables our course leaders to give you the time, attention and support you deserve in the optimal group size for forming the life-long friendships you need.

And the support doesn’t end there…

As life with Covid-19 continues, with health services stretched and other practical and emotional support unavailable, we are here. Each antenatal course includes focussed support time with your course leader to address your specific questions. There's also a truly special postnatal reunion where your group, babies and course leader reunite to talk and reflect - we’ll run these in-person as soon as it's safe to do so and our comprehensive postnatal support extends into the years ahead.

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What you'll learn

With mountains of advice out there for parents it's easy to feel overwhelmed and unsure. We provide evidence-based information and help you explore your options. We empower you to decide which information to trust and confidently make your own decisions that are right for you and your family.

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Planning for a positive birth experience
  • Deciding where to have your baby, local options and care
  • Changing hormones and going into labour
  • Stages of labour & birth
  • Induction of labour and when help is needed
  • Caesarean birth and recovery
  • Helping yourself & supporting through labour and birth
  • Pain management options
  • Having a baby during Covid-19
  • Meeting your baby & what happens immediately after birth
Getting to know and caring for your baby
  • Your baby’s experience moving from the womb to the world
  • Understanding your baby's cues and how they sleep, wake and rest
  • Learning what your baby's nappy tells you and how to change them
  • Washing and bathing your baby
  • Soothing and calming your baby
  • Exploring where your baby sleeps and how to keep them safe
  • Your relationship with your baby and how they develop and learn
Feeding your baby
  • How to get breastfeeding off to a good start
  • Understanding your baby's reflexes and cues
  • Understanding how breastfeeding works
  • Night feeds and sleeping
  • Expressing
  • How to tell that all is going well
  • Different positions for feeding and how to try them
  • Different challenges
  • Where and how to get support
Wellbeing before and after birth
  • Knowing what makes you feel good and keeps you well
  • Physical and mental health after birth
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Coping with lack of sleep
  • Changing relationships & adjusting to life as a family
  • Sources of support for you and your family
  • Making plans
Your family, relationships and finding support
  • Becoming a parent
  • Changing relationships
  • Growing a support network
  • Accessing professional help and support
  • Negotiating advice and support from peers, family and friends

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

NCT Membership

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