NCT Courses and Covid-19

Until the end of March 2021 our courses are online. Currently, due to rising Covid-19 infection rates and official guidance for pregnant women, online is the only way we can safely and practically deliver local, fully interactive and inclusive courses – a decision supported by the Royal College of Midwives.

We know how much you value our in-person courses so we’re keeping our options open for courses from April 2021 onwards. Currently you can still book these as in-person classes but we’ll only bring people back together in venues once it is safe to do so. We’ll never put you, your baby or your family at risk.

To understand more about why we're delivering our courses online please read our course FAQs. Our website also has an up-to-date section on Covid-19 pregnancy and birth information.

Joanna is an NCT doula for Sheffield.

Would you like Joanna to be your Doula?

Email or call 07530297378.

About Joanna

Joanna is a mother of three and since the birth of her eldest has been passionate about the well-being of women through pregnancy and birth.

Joanna previously worked for the NHS providing support to children with mental health and learning difficulties. This experience has taught Joanna to keep a calm and relaxed attitude which can be of comfort to parents.

By carefully listening and discussing your choices together, Joanna will use her knowledge in massage, counter pressure, affirmations and birth positions to find the best way to support you during the birth. As well as providing you with a range of physical and emotional support, Joanna will also be there to provide practical support, whether this is setting up your birth pool, getting you off to a good start breastfeeding or guidance during that first bath or nappy change.

Whether your choices include cesarean or home birth, Joanna will be there to support and embrace all your decisions. Joanna believes giving birth can be a wonderful experience and this is an important foundation on which to build a family. Joanna will be there to share the knowledge and skills to support you to create a safe and loving environment in which to birth your child.

Joanna Dean


NCT Doula, Antenatal Practitioner and Yoga for Pregnancy instructor.


Joanna will provide support by:

  • Meeting with you three times before the birth.
  • Supporting you to write a birth plan.
  • Imparting knowledge and skills to support you through the latter stages of pregnancy and birth.
  • Being on call for two weeks before your due date until your baby arrives.
  • Staying with you throughout the entirety of your labour and birth.
  • Providing physical and emotional support (e.g. massage, relaxation, affirmations, active birth positions, breathing exercises).
  • Providing support to communicate with midwives and health professionals on your behalf.
  • Providing support to a birth partner, should there be one.
  • Taking photographs at any stage you wish.
  • Meeting with you postnatally to discuss the birth and point you towards any further support you may need.


"Joanna was a constant source of support during my pregnancy, she gave me confidence in myself and I understood far more about what was going on with my body when it came to the birth."

- Cara Dexter, mum of Charlie
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