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.  

Gabby is an NCT licensed doula for Northampton, Kettering, Peterborough, Stamford, Kings Lynn, Boston and the surrounding areas.

Would you like Gabby to be your doula?

Email or call/text 07976 245 971

Gabby’s Facebook page: Gabby M – Birth and Postnatal Doula

About Gabby

Gabby lives with her husband in South Lincolnshire having recently moved from East Northants (Sept ‘2021). She has three grown up children and three grandbabies all born following very different labours, including an emergency and an elected caesarean. Having previously worked in the NHS Gabby is confident working alongside health professionals and she understands the need for women centred care.

She is passionate about supporting women through their pregnancy, birth and beyond and firmly believes a calm, relaxing environment for labour enables women to have a positive birth experience. Gabby feels her role as a doula is to work alongside the mother and her birth partner (unless they are not able to attend) before, during and after the birth by helping them to feel relaxed, informed, prepared and empowered. 

Choosing a doula is a big decision so you need to take time to find the right person. Gabby lives on the border of Leicestershire, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire, and is willing to travel up to 50 miles to provide doula support. Gabby is also very aware of the particular needs of military personnel, and their partners, and is willing to travel longer distances to help members of the Armed Forces.

Gabby works in partnership with other local doulas and introduces her clients to a second doula who will be available to act as a back-up for support should Gabby not be available whilst teaching. This ensures doula support is available at all times in the early stages of labour or during the ‘on call’ period. 

Gabby Matthews


  • Foundation Degree Arts in Birth and Beyond – University of Worcester
  • NCT Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond Practitioner
  • NCT Doula
  • NCT Essentials Antenatal Course Facilitator
  • NCT Mother and Baby Yoga Teacher


Gabby will support you by:

  • Meeting with you three times prior to your birth to discuss your birth preferences and to build a trusting, supportive relationship
  • Making herself available to you 24 hours a day from 10 days prior to your due date to ensure she is present at your birth
  • Staying with you throughout your labour and birth
  • Meeting with you when you have returned home to listen to your thoughts and feelings on your birth and to guide you to further support if required
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