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 May 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 June 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. 

Beverley is an NCT doula in South London, Surrey and surrounding areas.

Would you like Beverley to be your doula?

Email beverley.hinton@hotmail.co.uk or call 020 8393 1991 

About Beverley

Beverley is an experienced birth and postnatal doula as well as a Mindful Hypnobirthing teacher and a Holistic Infant sleep coach.

She became doula in 2014 and has since supported women through a variety of different experiences, including hospital birth, homebirth, unplanned homebirth, elective caesarean birth, emergency caesarean birth, premature birth, natural birth, water birth, VBAC and induction. She has helped women to achieve a positive birth experience with medical conditions including gestational diabetes, obstetric cholestasis, and perinatal cardiomyopathy.

Beverley lives in Banstead, Surrey, with her husband, four children, mum, and many pets. She attends birth withing a 20-mile radius of her home.

Pregnancy, labour and birth are such an important time in life for a woman and those surrounding her. Her experiences, and the way she is cared for, really matter, and can have an impact, either positive or negative, lasting for the rest of her life.

Beverley decided to train as a doula so that she could offer support to other women and help them to make their labour and birth the most empowering, positive experience possible. She believes that if a woman has an abundance of support, love and care, she will better be able to engage with her body’s ability to labour and birth her baby and find the strength to make any decisions that might become necessary along the way. 

The birth doula service Beverley offers aims to provide the additional support women and their partners need on their journey towards meeting their baby. She will help you to navigate your way through all the information and choices that you are faced with and be there for any unexpected ‘detours’ along the way. She will focus solely on the mother, and her partner’s needs, make space for her to listen to her body, and to allow time for well thought over decisions to be made.
During pregnancy, Beverley would spend time preparing you emotionally and mentally for a positive labour and birth. Together you would prepare a birth plan, talking about what you want/don’t want, what options are available and questions to ask. You would learn and practice some practical skills such as breathing, massage and positioning, and discuss other ideas such as nesting, visualisation, and relaxation.

Beverley would ensure that partners have space to discuss their feelings, hopes and worries. She would not take over their role but be there to support them as they need. If you do not plan to have a partner with you, then Beverley can take on this role.

During labour her focus would be to make sure you stayed calm, in control and comfortable, using the coping techniques you had practiced. Beverley would not be there to tell you what to do, but to provide the props, space, information and courage to make decisions that are right for you, your partner and the baby.

The package Beverley offers includes four antenatal meetings, including breast feeding preparation, attendance at labour and birth, and one postnatal meeting.

You can have a look through Beverley’s website (www.philiabirth.co.uk) to find out a little more about her, and if there is anything else you would like to know, then she would be happy to be in contact via phone or email.

Beverley Hinton

Qualifications

  • BSc(Hons) Anatomy and Physiology
  • NCT Doula
  • Doula UK Recognised Birth and Postnatal Doula
  • Younique Postnatal Doula Certificate
  • OCN Level 5 Holistic Infant Sleep Coach Diploma
  • Baby Wearing Peer Supporter (NCT)
  • Twins and Multiples Training (NCT)
  • ILCA certified Breastfeeding Training
  • Mindful Mamma Mindful Hypnobirthing teacher

Please see the training page on my website for an up-to-date list of the training I have completed.

Practicalities

Beverley will provide support by: 

  • Offering a free initial consultation.
  • Meeting with you a minimum of three more times before the birth.
  • Being on call, exclusively for you, for two weeks before the baby is due and two weeks after.
  • Being available by phone and email from start of contract, until six weeks after the birth.
  • Having a selection of books about labour and birth, and props and equipment for you to borrow.
  • Staying with you throughout labour and birth.
  • Providing breastfeeding support.
  • Meeting with you postnatally to discuss the labour and birth.
  • Birth Pool and Tens Machine Loan
  • 1:1 or group hypnobirthing course if desired.

Testimonials

"I doubt we’ll ever actually find the words to express how much you mean to us and how thankful we have been for all your help in the run up to yesterday as well as getting us through Saturday night and Sunday morning – you gave a strength and a comfort all the way through that made everything easier to handle. Thank you so much."

- Niamh and Gordon, parents of baby Liam

"She put me right at ease and provided me with a few handy tips for the impending birth. I knew that my baby was posterior and she showed me how I could help to reposition him with a few simple steps.  Beverley was very calm and well informed. She took a great interest in my previous birthing stories and shared her own personal experiences with me. I would recommend her to anyone having a baby as their right hand person.  She would be particularly useful and helpful to those who are about to have their first baby, as she has a wealth of knowledge to draw from."

- Cheryl, mother of baby Emmett

 

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