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.  

Debbie lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and three children and would be happy to support women and their families in Hertfordshire, North London, Northwest London and Middlesex.   

Would you like Debbie to be your doula?

Email: sibleydebbie@gmail.com or call 07958 156014.

About Debbie

Debbie is a fully qualified Doula as well as an Antenatal and Postnatal Practitioner. This enables her to support and empower women and their families to make the right decisions for them throughout pregnancy, birth and in the early days with their baby. Debbie can help you write a ‘birth preference plan’& can support you in all birth settings (home, hospital, birth centre). She believes feeling listened to, respected and supported can make all the difference with your birth satisfaction however you have your baby. 

Debbie offers emotional, physical and spiritual support to mothers and partners in having a positive birth experience. She creates a safe and sacred space for mothers to let go of their inhibitions and open themselves up to the soulful beauty of bringing new life into the world. By using a variety of breathing techniques, visualisations, affirmations,massage and labour and birth positions that are right for you, Debbie aims to optimise your relaxation and comfort throughout labour and birth. Debbie works with partners to be a calm and positive presence by promoting intimacy and connection between you both.   

Debbie will ‘hold’ you emotionally providing the postnatal support you require as you embark on your incredible journey and rebirth as parents. Debbie is reliable, friendly, warm, empathetic and an assertive Doula who loves supporting women and their families. 

Debbie Sibley

Qualifications

  • Debbie is a Qualified NCT Doula
  • Debbie is a Qualified NCT Antenatal Practitioner  
  • Debbie is a Qualified NCT Postnatal Practitioner
  • Debbie is a Sheila Kitzinger Award Winner 2021 for Women Centred Work
  • Debbie runs ‘Bumps and Babies’ groups in Barnet and Borehamwood as a volunteer
  • Debbie attended the 'Right in Childbirth Workshop 2021' (with Emma Ashworth, Maddie McMahon and Vetina Henchy)
  • Debbie attended the 'Working with Stressed Parents Workshop 2020' (With Sally Parkin)

Practicalities

Debbie will provide support by:

  • 1 x introductory meeting 
  • 2 x antenatal visits  
  • Being available by phone, text and or email in between meetings
  • Being on call for up to 21 days around your estimated due date
  • Staying with you throughout your labour and after the birth to ensure you and your new family are settled
  • Providing telephone support in the important early days
  • Meeting with you again within six weeks of the birth so we can reflect on your birth together

Testimonial

“Aside from being all around support (and a god send) it was really helpful that Debbie walked me through all of the options about giving birth i.e. active or passive management or to give Vit K or not etc. I didn’t have this kind of support the first time. 

During birth, it really calmed me knowing Debbie was there. She ensured that the room was set up the way I wanted it to be and that really helped me get through the hardest part of labour. Will thought it was great to have another person to support us. He was worried about me not being able to endure the pain but then he realised that having Debbie made me feel reassured and comfortable in doing it all naturally, and we were so glad that we did!”

(Apple & Will, 2021)

“Amit and I would like to say a big thank you to Debbie for helping us prepare for parenthood! Debbie’s sessions were really useful and well thought out. We found Debbie very approachable and knowledgeable.”

(Priya & Amit, 2021)

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