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.  

Amanda is currently a student NCT doula. An important part of training for this role is that Amanda is required to support a woman or couple through birth with the support of the NCT doula tutors. Your baby needs to be due between mid-February and mid-April 2022 for you to be able to consider asking Amanda to be your birth doula. The fee for Amanda to support you has been appropriately set to recognise the fact that she is a student.

Would you like Amanda to be your doula?

Email: amandakitelynct@gmail.com or call 07985069989

About Amanda

Amanda lives in a small village near Royston with her husband. She has 6 grown up children 4 of her own and 2 stepchildren. She is willing to travel up to an hour in any direction from her home. She is passionate about promoting positive birth, supporting both women and their partners so they feel empowered and equipped as they journey into parenthood. She is a strong advocate of oxytocin and loves the way a calm, relaxing environment can promote a positive labour. She also loves how oxytocin can support breastfeeding and how skin to skin can encourage oxytocin and help parents bond with their baby.

Amanda has a wealth of experience around pregnancy, giving birth and parenting. Having had two children with health issues from birth, she feels she can support pregnant women through good times and bad.

Amanda believes that being given information empowers women and their partners to make the right choices for them. This is each person’s story which is waiting to be written. She understands how everyone is different and no two people like the same thing. She believes that practise is key to knowing what a woman likes and dislikes throughout labour.

Amanda’s personal experiences of birth varied between induction to home birth. She is very aware of how a support network can help however a woman gives birth and how this support continues into parenthood.

Amanda is a qualified antenatal practitioner and understands her role as a doula and the importance of working in harmony with other health professionals. She has broad expertise in the caring profession and has felt a calling towards a maternity caring role for many years. She also is a volunteer at a local hospital maternity unit.

During labour Amanda will offer support through massage, breathing techniques, affirmations and visualisations. She will advocate for both you and your partner providing the calm atmosphere that is needed to birth a baby. Amanda will support you, however you choose to feed your baby.

Amanda Kitely

Qualifications

  • Antenatal Teacher 
  • Baby Massage Practitioner

Practicalities

Amanda will provide support by: 

  • Three meetings with you and your partner (if you have one) antenatally to discuss information about birth, birth options and interventions that may be offered. 
  • Being on call for you 24/7 from 2weeks before your due date until you give birth. 
  • Available by text, phone or email in between meetings 
  • Postnatal visits in the first early days giving support and encouragement 
  • A follow up meeting within 6 weeks after birth to reflect about the birth together
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