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. 

Julie is an NCT doula for Swindon and surrounds.

Would you like Julie to be your doula?

Email Jecard@aol.com or call 07974 139238

About Julie 

Julie has three children, each of whom was born in a different setting. She believes passionately in empowering women and their partners so they can have a positive birth experience, however their labour unfolds.

She believes in a woman’s innate ability to give birth. Research illustrates women who are given continuous one-to-one support by a female companion during labour often experience shorter and less painful labours. Julie’s role is not to replace the partner (unless they are unable or unwilling to attend) but to work together with them to provide physical, practical and emotional support to mum. 

When talking to couples at class reunions, they frequently express that it was hard to remember all that they learned while they were experiencing the intensity of labour and birth, especially when their birth didn’t quite happen as they had hoped. As a doula, Julie can help by offering practical ideas and support and by facilitating communication with medical staff, ensuring that the birth plan is adhered to as closely as possible.

Whether you hope for a natural birth, or cannot face the thought of labour without an epidural, deciding whether to book a doula can be a big decision. Julie is very happy to meet with you informally over a cup of tea or a chat on the telephone to discuss whether this service is right for you.

Julie Card

Qualifications

Julie is an NCT antenatal teacher and NCT doula.

Practicalities 

Julie will provide support by;

  • Supporting mum physically and emotionally.
  • Providing encouragement and guidance for partners who want to be more actively involved.
  • Facilitating communication with medical staff and offer support and assistance with any decisions which need to be made before and during labour and birth.

Testimonials

"We asked Julie to be our doula and she was absolutely amazing.  When I think back to the labour, I'm not sure we could have done it (or me in any case) without her!"

- Armed Forces Father

"Your support leading up to the birth and your support on the day made a huge difference for me. It took away much of the anxiety about going to hospital to have my baby"

- Mother on the caesarean birth of her second baby
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