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 April 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 May 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. 

Debbie is currently a student NCT doula. 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

As well as being a student doula, Debbie is a fully qualified Antenatal Practitioner. This enables her to support and empower women and their families to make the right decisions for them throughout pregnancy and birth.  Debbie can help you write a ‘birth preference plan’ and 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. 

An important part of training for this role is that Debbie 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 the end of February and mid-April 2021 for you to be able to consider asking Debbie to be your birth doula. The fee for Debbie to support you has been appropriately set to recognise the fact that she is a student. 

Debbie Sibley

Qualifications

  • Debbie is a Qualified NCT Antenatal Practitioner  
  • NCT Sheila Kitzinger Award Winner (for best understanding of woman-centred care and birth practices, taking into account the wide range of cultures across the UK)  
  • Debbie is studying the NCT and University of Worcester Birth and Beyond Foundation Degree to complete her doula Training as well as the Postnatal module - ‘New Baby, New Family’. 
  • Debbie runs ‘Bumps and Babies’ groups in Barnet and Borehamwood as a volunteer. 

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 4 weeks 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. 
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