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. 

Jessica is an NCT doula in Somerset.

Would you like Jessica to be your doula?

Email birthandbabyjessica@gmail.com or call 07962 207381.

About Jessica

 

Jessica lives near Bridgwater in Somerset. She has been an NCT Practitioner since 2009, being both an NCT Antenatal Practitioner and a Breastfeeding Counsellor, and she regularly supports parents throughout the area. She is able to travel easily, covering from Bristol to Exeter, across from Minehead to Yeovil, and all areas in between.

Jessica has four children, having had a range of experiences along the way. Her first birth was an induced hospital birth, while her other three were born at home. Jessica initially trained as a Breastfeeding Counsellor then became an Antenatal Practitioner. Now that her children are older it she has recently trained as a Birth Doula, which felt like a natural next step to extend her professional development, and to further support local parents.

Jessica believes in the innate ability of women to give birth, and that pregnancy should not be treated as an illness. Women should feel in control of decisions made about childbirth, and having up-to-date evidence-based information is a vital part of this process. She also believes that one size does not necessarily fit all, and that different people all make different decisions for many good and valid reasons. This non-judgemental attitude is fundamental to a good relationship with parents on their journey through birth.

Jessica has a warm and caring nature, and will take her lead from you as to what you need from her. She can offer practical help with birth, including massage and positions that may help, and also offers emotional support through the birth journey. She has a good understanding of many issues that may affect birth, and is also experienced in assisting with establishing breastfeeding. Jessica will support a woman’s partner through birth as well, offering suggestions to enable them to effectively support their labouring partner, and to support them emotionally through this time too. She can faciliate protecting the space around the labouring woman and her partner, and also afterwards, to enable the new family to get to know each other in an intimate and relaxed way, to promote and encourage bonding.

Jessica doula student

Qualifications

NCT Breastfeeding Counsellor (qualified 2009)

NCT Antenatal Practitioner (qualified 2015)

NCT Doula (qualified 2020)

Jessica will provide support by:

  • Meeting with you (and your partner) three times during pregnancy to get to know you, explore your birth options, and to discuss your preferences
  • Being available around your due date to be with you at your birth, and to stay with you in the immediate postnatal period for a few hours
  • Meeting with you after the birth to discuss your experiences and to give support
  • Being available to contact between meetings by phone or email

Testimonials

Recent feedback from an Antenatal Course:

“Jessica has an open and relaxed manner. We felt our views could be voiced and were accepted, which was great”

“We came to the sessions knowing very little and we’re leaving feeling much more prepared – thank you!”

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