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. 

During July and August we are taking a safety first approach to delivering our courses in-person, this means that we have a mix of online and in-person courses available.

We are taking decisions on how we deliver our courses from September 2021 onwards based on government unlocking time frames and venue availability. It is our ambition to deliver the majority of our courses in-person.

We are updating course information on our website and contacting you 4-6 weeks before your course begins if you have booked a course place, explaining how unlock may affect how your course will run.

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
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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.

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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 80,000 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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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.

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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How to book your antenatal course

Searching for a local NCT Antenatal course

Enter your postcode and expected due date to see the courses in your local area.  We’ll show courses within 10 miles that suit your due date first (they may not be the closest).  If there’s more than 6 courses, use the advanced search to broaden your search or change the sorting to nearest courses. 

We suggest using your home postcode (or if you’re moving soon, the postcode of where you’ll live) - you’ll meet and build friendships with other new parents that live in the local community. 

Choosing the right course

We use your expected due date to show courses that are set up for due dates like yours.  

Our antenatal courses are designed to end ideally 3-7 weeks before you're expected to have your baby. In some cases, it could expand to 2-9 weeks. There is a date range shown on each course for guidance, and we’ll prioritise ones that fit your due date first.  

Location is another factor to consider. There may be a course that’s ideal for your due date, but further away. Or, a nearby course that has date range not as ideal. It’s your choice. 

Finally, check that you can attend all session dates and times. Each course session is tailored to the group's needs so you can’t join a session on a different course. 

Unsure if you fit the course’s due date range or you're slightly outside of the range 

Some courses will mention early, mid or late time of the month. These are a general guide.  

If you’re uncertain where you fit, or if you’re a slightly outside of the range, look at when the course ends and calculate the date between that and your due date. If it’s: 

  • 3-7 weeks – course is ideal. 
  • between 2-3 and 7-9 weeks – course is suitable. 
  • less than 2 weeks – course is too close to your due date and you may miss sessions if you’re early. 
  • more than 9 weeks – quite far from your due date; others in the group will be further along and you're unlikely to have the same shared experience.  

Book your course in confidence - we’ll check your booking and if we find a course that might be more suitable, we'll get in touch to talk it through. 

If you've already attended an antenatal course

We have a specially designed antenatal course for parents who would like to refresh their knowledge and meet other parents who're experience a similar situation - see our NCT Antenatal refresher course.

But, you can still join an NCT Antenatal course if you prefer. 

Paying for your course

You can pay by debit/credit card. We accept Mastercard, Visa and Maestro.  

We offer interest-free monthly instalments – as long as there’s enough time between now and when the course starts. The course needs to be paid in full before the start date. 

Requesting an income-related course discount

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 apply for a discount on your antenatal course, select a course and contact us. 

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