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. 

Would you like Borie to be your Doula?

Email or call 07936772394


About Borie

Based in Clapham Common, South West London, Borie has been an experienced Nanny over the past decade, caring for babies and young children with love, passion and understanding. She has also focused on supporting mothers and fathers through their transition into early parenthood in her other roles.

The extensive training she has completed with NCT (as a doula, antenatal practitioner and pregnancy yoga teacher) makes her an ideal candidate for your birthing needs - she is able to answer your birth-related questions, signpost you to the latest evidence-based information in maternity care and help you navigate through the many decisions you will face before your baby arrives. 

She will be happy to teach you calming yoga postures, active birth positions, relaxation and visualization techniques that can aid your labour and birth. She is an advocate of personalised labour support, where the emphasis is on the birthing person’s needs and preferences. 

Borie feels passionate about supporting women wherever they decide to give birth and she aims to help you have a positive birth experience. Borie will be there for both of you, supporting the birth partner as well, enabling you to have the support and experience you are hoping for.

Borie is happy to have a chat with you over a video call to see whether her service and way of working is right for you. 

Borbala Polya


  • NCT Doula
  • NCT Antenatal teacher
  • NCT Yoga for Pregnancy teacher
  • Optimal Birth (specific positions based on the biomechanics of the labouring/birthing body)
  • Aromatherapy for Childbirth 
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Infant care 
  • BSc in Social Work


Borie will provide support by:

  • meeting you and your partner 3 times before the birth to get to know you and to build an understanding of your hopes and wishes, and to establish what type of birth you are hoping for
  • exploring your options around labour, birth and the immediate postpartum period 
  • helping with writing up your birth preferences and negotiating individual care plans with your healthcare team
  • teaching you and your partner breathing and massage techniques, active labour and birth positions before birth 
  • preparing you and your partner to be confident in using aromatherapy to ease labour discomfort, alongside relaxation techniques, massage, Rebozo techniques and specific positioning for the labouring parent, if these are important to you
  • being on-call from 2 weeks before the expected due date until your baby arrives
  • joining you at home or in your chosen birthplace as and when needed in labour 
  • staying with you and your birth partner throughout labour and birth according to your needs
  • helping partners to stay calm therefore be better able to support the birthing person physically and emotionally 
  • providing on-the-spot decision making support during labour
  • providing breast/chestfeeding support as needed 
  • visiting your new family a few weeks after the birth (or when suitable) to help you reflect on your birth experience 
  • being available over the phone/WhatsApp and via email for the duration of our contract.


'Borie was amazing. I knew from the moment I met her that she had everything I was looking for in a Doula: a wealth of knowledge, solidity and warmth. She supported myself and my partner throughout the pregnancy and then was a godsend during the birth itself. Some of my labour was at home and some of it was in a birthing pool. Borie helped to make each environment magical and calm. She supported us throughout the experience, but I never once felt she was 'replacing' my partner. Indeed - she was able to support us so that my partner could be MORE involved.

My labour was a long one and Borie's stamina was incredible! Because our baby started to have some problems with her heart, we ended up needing to make some decisions around an assisted delivery. She helped us to make an informed choice, with the health of our baby the absolute priority. I will definitely be giving her a phone call when we have our second and feel hopeful that Borie could help us with a home birth next time.  

I remember being pregnant and asking our baby to choose the person she'd like to help bring her into the world. The next day, we found Borie. My baby is a wise one!

Myself, Masud and baby Lucy thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping us through this life-changing experience."


“Borie has been an invaluable help in us successfully (and peacefully!) settling into our new family life and easing the transition from being a family of three to a family of four. We cannot recommend her caring, calm, positive nature enough.”

- Eva and Martin, parents of Xaver and Ottilie
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